Sunderland’s newly-appointed non-executive directors, David Jones and Tom Sloanes, have revealed their pride at joining the club and many Black Cats fans have been quick to call for them to do one thing–sack Phil Parkinson.
It was announced yesterday that the duo, who are lifelong Sunderland fans, would be joining the North East club, subject to EFL approval.
Jones is the presenter of some of Sky Sports’ flagship football programmes and has three years of prior experience as a director at Oxford United.
A commercial director at global sports-betting and gaming specialists GVC Group, Sloanes has spent the last two years working with Sunderland due to his role with their principal partner BETDAQ.
Both Jones and Sloanes reached out to fans of the club on Twitter to express their pride at their new positions.
Thrilled to be on board with @SunderlandAFC … let’s see if we can get people smiling again. Thanks for all the messages. Apologies for the lack of replies now and in the future. Tom is a really good guy. https://t.co/jq8rHm8Fw8
— DAVID JONES (@DavidJonesSky) December 18, 2019
As a Sunderland lad & lifetime @SunderlandAFC supporter, it is a privilege & honour to be invited to work alongside @DavidJonesSky & the SAFC Board. Looking forward to getting stuck in. Thanks for the messages lets "Keep The Red Flag Flying High" #HawayTheLads #Sunderlandtillidie
— Tom Sloanes (@tomsafc) December 18, 2019
Sunderland have had a disappointing start to the 2019/20 campaign–rather than competing at the top of League One, the Black Cats are currently down in 12th place and have slipped nine points from the automatic promotion places.
The arrival of Parkinson in October has done little to improve their fortunes as under the English coach, the club have won just twice and lost seven times in their first 13 games.
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It appears many Sunderland fans have run out of patience with the 52-year-old and have called upon Jones and Sloanes to get him out of the club.
Read the responses of Black Cats supporters here:
Well done 👏🏻 please fire Parkinson!
— James Hi (@JimmyMackem) December 19, 2019
Welcome aboard Dave, good luck. Great to have one of own able to influence decisions like sacking Parkinson. #FTM
— Laurence (@EllisWebb86) December 18, 2019
Sack Phil Parkinson
— ryan smith (@RyanRyansmith31) December 18, 2019
Congratulations, good to have you on board. Probably not the first to say….. Parkinson out
— Choccy Howlz (@choccy1983) December 18, 2019
Sack Parkinson, thanks 👍🏻
— MattyWatson (@mattywatson2) December 18, 2019
Yes David. New manager, Marcus Maddison and 10 other first team players and we push for promotion
— conor (@conormac_10) December 18, 2019
— Rejected Manager (@RejectedBook) December 18, 2019
You must challenge Donald to get rid of Parkinson ASAP he will take us down. We need Neil Warnock
— john bell (@pootzwar) December 18, 2019