Sunderland have held talks with Phil Parkinson over the managerial vacancy at the Stadium of Light, a report from The Sun has claimed.
The Black Cats are searching for a new manager following the sacking of Jack Ross on Tuesday, with the club currently ninth in the League One table.
Parkinson has been out of work since leaving Bolton Wanderers in August, but it seems he could now be given the opportunity to return to management with Sunderland, although with Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth and former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson also among those linked with the club, it appears that nothing is certain just yet.
Even so, we’ve taken a look here, at three reasons why appointing Parkinson could be a shrewd appointment for Sunderland.
He does have a decent record at this level
Having narrowly missed out on an immediate promotion back to the Championship via the League One play-offs last season, it seems a return to the second-tier is something of a must for Sunderland in this campaign.
In Parkinson, they would certainly be getting someone who knows how to do that, with the former midfielder having previously guided both Colchester and Bolton to the Championship.
With Parkinson also enjoying promotion with League Two from Bradford – not to mention that incredible run to the League Cup final in 2013 – it does seem as though Sunderland would be getting a manager who knows just how to succeed in the lower levels of the Football League.
It may not be that expensive
With Parkinson having left Bolton early in the season, this is not a deal that would require any negotiating with any other clubs.
That is not something that can be said for Ainsworth, or another apparent contender in the form of Wigan boss Paul Cook.
As a result, Parkinson is someone who you imagine could walk into the club and start preparing the team as soon as he was offered the job, unlike another currently employed manager, for whom compensation would most likely have to be agreed, meaning that not only could this be a swifter appointment, but also one that may not set Sunderland back as much financially as some of the other candidates could.
He is used to managing in difficult situations
Right now, it seems as though is some uncertainty behind the scenes at Sunderland, with recent reports claiming that a proposed takeover of the club by an American consortium is off.
But that while that could mean that Sunderland are a club whose situation off the pitch will continue to come in for scrutiny for some time, that is not something that is likely to both Parkinson.
The 51-year-old would be arriving at the Stadium of Light after experiencing years of crisis at Bolton, where the future of the whole club often seemed uncertain amid a flurry unsuccessful attempts to buy the club were often in the spotlight, meaning that the current situation at Sunderland will be nothing new for Parkinson, and he will still back himself to get the best out of the Black Cats squad regardless of that.