Sunderland’s search for a new manager looks to be coming closer and closer to an end, with the Black Cats said to be in talks with former Bolton boss Phil Parkinson.
The Wearside club are on the lookout for a new manager after parting company with Jack Ross last weekend, after winning just five of their first 11 games this term.
Plenty of names have since been linked with the vacant role at the Stadium of Light, with Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth and Wigan Athletic chief Paul Cook among those mentioned.
But The Sun claim that Sunderland are now set to hold talks with Phil Parkinson over becoming their new manager, as they look to find a replacement for Ross.
The 51-year-old has been without a club since leaving Bolton Wanderers in August, with the club being hit with several off-field problems that nearly resulted in them being expelled from the EFL.
He has experience of winning promotion from League One before, though, winning promotion with Colchester United and Bolton Wanderers under limited budgets.
Here, then, we take a look at Sunderland fans’ reactions to the Parkinson news…
Phil Parkinson? Nee thanks #Safc
— Elsie (@ElsieSafc) October 12, 2019
Good manager and a good lad , he will get us out off this league.
— The Baz. (@paulbasnett10) October 12, 2019
Getting to the point now where basically the pool of managers we are looking at are short term and bang average. If it’s not Pearson or Stendel then it doesn’t matter if it’s Ainsworth or Parkinson or Cook cos they all the same for me #safc
— Chris Viola (@JeebazSandals) October 12, 2019
Crying myself to sleep
— Shaun Hall (@Shaun_Hall23) October 12, 2019
Would not be my first choice, but would not complain about it at the same time.
— Daniel Jenks (@DanielJenks89) October 12, 2019
Please God no…..
— Corneilious71 (@boxing_buddy) October 12, 2019
We should be attracting managers that other teams in this division can’t. With Parkinson, if he joined a mid table League One club no one would be shocked #safc
— Herra (@JHerra18) October 12, 2019
— Twiggy (@Twiggysafc2) October 12, 2019
Rather take a punt on Roy Keane than somebody like Parkinson.
— Liam (@Safc1879_) October 12, 2019
Would Phil Parkinson be a good appointment for Sunderland?