Nine days after the sacking of Jack Ross, Sunderland have announced the Scot’s successor in the Stadium of Light hot seat, after confirming the appointment of Phil Parkinson as the club’s new manager.
Parkinson, who has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Black Cats, is joined at Sunderland by his assistant Steve Parkin, with the pair taking their first training session on Thursday morning.
The 51-year-old’s first game in charge set to take place on Saturday afternoon, when Sunderland travel to Adams Park to take on Wycombe Wanderers, with his new club currently ninth in the League One table.
Parkinson had been out of work since leaving crisis hit League One outfit Bolton Wanderers at the end of August, although he does have a strong record at this level, having won promotion to the Championship with Colchester and Bolton earlier in his career.
There is also a League Two promotion and a League Cup runners up medal on his managerial CV from his time at Bradford City between 2011 and 2016.
Despite that previous record, Parkinson’s arrival at the club appears to have been greeted with a distinctly mixed response from the club’s fans on social media.
Here, we take a look at what some of them had to say.
Welcome to Sunderland Phil. Hope you hit the ground running! Hawaay the lads!
— Tom (@Leech27Tom) October 17, 2019
Lets not overreact and get behind him #safc
— 🔴Chris F⚪️🐬 (@Christianfors23) October 17, 2019
— liam (@SAFCLiam1973) October 17, 2019
Cheers son's crying
— Callum Lawson (@Chaotic_TG) October 17, 2019
Not exactly a exciting appointment is it. Ross was given the job based upon a new era beginning. A good/young manager hopefully able to take us back up the leagues. Less than 18 months later we have seemed to have changed our original objective, with a aim of just getting out L1.
— Daniel Gallagher (@_dgallagher99) October 17, 2019
I'm behind him
— xJPJx142🔴⚪🔴⚪ (@KINGMAGUIRE1) October 17, 2019
Very underwhelmed. Hope he proves me wrong.
— AZK (@Apc42003075) October 17, 2019
Must hit the ground running. Large selection of fans aren't happy with this appointment and it will turn sour rapidly if he doesn't deliver results! Strange decision in my opinion given what our objective was 18 months ago with a new young manager etc but time will tell
— Danny Owen (@Owen_DO) October 17, 2019
Haway Phil, do your magic and you’ll be loved forever!
— Costa Blanca Pete (@peterjnixon) October 17, 2019
I really hope i’m proved wrong but I’m gutted about this. A really poor appointment.
— David Wright (@DavidWright1802) October 17, 2019
Not what we wanted but Got to get behind him and the team Haway the lads
— tom knox (@tomknox3) October 17, 2019