Sunderland slipped to their fourth defeat in eight games under Phil Parkinson last night, which has led many fans of the North East club to call for the Black Cats boss to leave.
Parkinson’s side were beaten 3-0 by League Two strugglers Scunthorpe, meaning they crashed out of the EFL Trophy at the group stages.
In the 66th minute, Lee Novak opened the scoring from the penalty spot for the hosts after Luke O’Nien had been sent off for bringing down Abo Eisa inside the box.
Should Parkinson be sacked?
Scunthorpe added insult to injury late-on, with goals from Eisa and Novak capping off the victory.
The result means that Parkinson has now won just twice in his first eight games in charge of the North East club, suffering defeat in four of those.
His next chance to try and improve that record looks set to come against Gillingham in the FA Cup First Round replay next Tuesday, though it has been suggested that game could be postponed due to the international break.
Black Cats supporters were reportedly singing “you’re not fit to wear the shirt” from the away end but it is not just the players that they’ve directed their anger at.
Many Sunderland fans took to Twitter to call for a change in management after Parkinson’s shaky start at the Stadium of Light.
Read the reaction of supporters of the North East club here:
There are better managers out there..Parkinson your sacked #SAFC
— Joe Lee (@Joelee15) November 12, 2019
I didn't once say Ross out but based on results here and his track record, Parkinson has to go. #SAFC
— Peter Crumb (@MrPeterCrumb) November 12, 2019
Parkinson out? #safc
— kyle 🤐 (@kylesafc_73) November 12, 2019
Really would consider giving Parkinson the bullet. His results are shocking. That one Tranmere result aside, it’s awful reading.
Would sooner bring Jack Ross back than persist with this, we have regressed not progressed. #SAFC
— NT (@88NTaylor) November 12, 2019
Hopefully Parkinson walks. Get Ross back in pronto before he goes to Hibs.
— • (@SAFCFezza) November 12, 2019
Parkinson out #safc
— Oluwaseun Bamgboye (@bamgboyeolu) November 12, 2019
Phil Parkinson is so far out of his depth its unreal. Needs to admit he hasnt got a clue & walk away. #SAFC
— Tom Albrighton (@tmalbrghtn) November 12, 2019
Gave him a few games like I said I would. Parkinson out
— Connor Smith (@ConnorSAFC1994) November 12, 2019