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Football League World’s Sunderland fan pundit Charlie Hodgson has suggested that appointing Phil Parkinson as the Black Cats’ new manager would be “uninspiring” and urged the club not to hire him.
The North East club have been searching for a new manager since they terminated Jack Ross’ contract last Monday.
According to Chronicle Live, Parkinson is close to becoming the new Sunderland boss after the 51-year-old is believed to have made a positive impression on the Black Cats’ recruitment team.
Hodgson suggested he was full of respect for the job the English coach had done at Bolton but didn’t feel he was the right man to take over at the Stadium of Light.
He explained: “Parkinson has just come off the back of possibly the hardest job in football with Bolton and to be fair to him he did a very respectable job.
“However, he will favour defensive stability over an attacking style, which in the long run will likely lead to his downfall as the fans will have very little patience with him, in my opinion.
“I would prefer to appoint someone other than Parkinson as I just see it as an uninspiring appointment, which at best will only sort the club out short term and if we don’t go up he won’t have even done that.
“Personally I think they should be going for someone more inspiring who can bring excitement back and who’s more of a long term solution, like Daniel Stendel or Nigel Pearson.
“Instead with Parkinson we’ve got someone who could easily be sacked at the end of the season, leaving us in the same place.”