Sunderland are a big fish in a small pond when it comes to League One, but as they approach the end of their second season in the third-tier, whether they will return to the Championship remains in serious doubt.
Jack Ross has failed to deliver a promotion, whilst Phil Parkinson doesn’t have everyone convinced he’s the man for the job.
Across the division today, Nigel Clough has stepped away from his role with Burton Albion, a position that he has held for five years.
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In that time, he’s helped the club into the Championship, where they battled hard during the 2017/18 campaign, with Clough leaving the Pirelli Stadium with his head held very high.
❗️ BREAKING NEWS: Nigel Clough steps down as Brewers manager
Jake Buxton to become player/manager
— Burton Albion FC (@burtonalbionfc) May 18, 2020
And, given his father’s connection with Sunderland, there’s plenty of fans taking to Twitter now to suggest him as the man to succeed the struggling Parkinson before he is snapped up by someone else.
Not everyone is keen, however, which leads us to bringing you the best of the debate surround Clough’s Burton exit…
and before people say it… no let's not make him the next Sunderland manager
— Dean Cummings (@Deanospamoni85) May 18, 2020
Parky out Cloughy in!
— Dave (@Dave41safc) May 18, 2020
Fair play to him, wouldn’t mind him up here back home.
— David (@david6790247) May 18, 2020
I wanted Clough since the play off final, done so much with little money. Plays a nice attacking style of football. And has experience getting promoted from the league. Surely it's now time. #safc https://t.co/79ScTtS0Em
— Jordan Ramsey (@RamseySAFC) May 18, 2020
With Nigel Clough resigning from Burton and Mick McCarthy not currently under contract, the alternatives are certainly plentiful if Phil Parkinson isn’t given time. McCarthy would certainly get us up. Clough? Not quite cut and dried, but a capable manager nonetheless. #SAFC 🔴⚪️
— Philip West (@Philip_RJ89) May 18, 2020
— darksidemackem (@darksidemackem) May 18, 2020
Yeah wouldnt be the end of the world if parky left #safc
— BritViking 🔴⚪ #DonaldOut (@brit_viking) May 18, 2020