It’s been a poor start to life in Sunderland for Phil Parkinson, and criticism is starting to come his way.
The former Bolton Wanderers manager has won just twice in his opening 10 games, leading the club to be knocked out of the FA Cup and the EFL Trophy.
The Black Cats currently sit ninth in League One, and while they’re just two points outside of the top six they’re already eight points off the pace in their hunt for a finish in the automatic promotion spots.
Saturday’s clash with Coventry City is set to be a high-pressure affair for Parkinson who will be determined to get fans back onside with a positive result and performances against the Sky Blues.
But even that may not be enough to silence all of his critics.
Former Sunderland striker Stephen Elliott took to social media to discuss Phil Parkinson’s future, and went as far as to suggest that Sunderland should have moved to appoint Mick McCarthy instead of the ex Bolton Wanderers boss.
I stand by my shout that #safc should have contacted Big Mick for job in a similar way that Stoke have appointed Michael O’Neil.
— Stephen Elliott (@SleevesElliott) November 20, 2019
He said: “I stand by my shout that Sunderland should have contacted Big Mick (Mick McCarthy) for the job in a similar way that Stoke have appointed Michael O’Neill.”
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It’s no surprise that Phil Parkinson is coming under pressure after a difficult start to his Sunderland reign.
However, a move for the Republic Of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy might not have been the wisest approach given his commitments on the international scene.
Elliott has said that replicating Stoke City’s appointment of Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill could be a good move, however it’s very much up for debate whether the manager can effectively split his time between club and country with the Potters.
Sunderland is a big job, so to think that someone could do it while wearing two hats is fairly ambitious, not to mention disrespectful to the current boss.