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53-year-old’s standing in Sunderland new manager hunt clarified

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Former Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook has not been mentioned in connection with the vacant Sunderland job, according to journalist Alan Nixon.

The Black Cats sacked Phil Parkinson yesterday with the side eighth in League One and winless in their last five games.

First team coach Andrew Taylor will take charge of the squad against Burton Albion on Tuesday, while it is believed that the new owners – whose takeover is expected to be completed soon – have a replacement lined up.

Nixon has reported that Cook is not someone that has been mentioned to him in connection with taking charge at Sunderland.

The 53-year-old has been without a job since leaving Wigan at the end of last season and has an excellent record of securing EFL promotions.

In addition to helping the Latics return to the Championship by winning League One, Cook also led both Chesterfield and Portsmouth to League Two titles.

Gus Poyet and Nigel Pearson are understood to be early candidates to replace Parkinson at the Stadium of Light.

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The Verdict

Cook could be a fantastic appointment for Sunderland, so it may be a disappointment to fans that he doesn’t appear to be in the conversation at the moment.

With new owners incoming, it’s no surprise that a change has been made at the Stadium of Light as their recent bad form risks derailing their promotion hopes.

There has been unrest among fans for some time now and you feel it would be a fantastic start for the new owners if they could generate some excitement with their newly appointed manager.

It seems at the moment that won’t be Cook, despite his fantastic record in the EFL.


Bristol-born, London-based sports journalist at Snack Media. University of Brighton and NA graduate

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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