Phil Parkinson is starting to feel the heat as Sunderland manager.
The 52-year-old was appointed as the Black Cats’ boss just over a year ago in the hope of guiding the club back to the second tier of English football.
Unfortunately things haven’t worked out as planned.
A mixed first campaign at the Stadium Of Light saw the Black Cats drop out of the top six at the worst possible moment as the campaign was scrapped due to the ongoing global pandemic.
Supporters may have felt harshly treated that their hopes were ended prematurely, but in truth the hope was that they should have been firmly in contention at that point.
This season there’s a real feeling that this has to be the year to finally return to the Championship.
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A tally of 21 points from 11 games sees Sunderland sitting in seventh place in the table – an all-too familiar story for a side who should be at the top end of the table.
While the Wearsiders only dropped out of the top six after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to MK Dons, pressure is now building on Phil Parkinson.
Of course there’s a need for the club not to be too rash in making a decision, but there’s no doubt that questions should be asked.
A large part of when the decision will be made will be dependent on the ongoing takeover of the club.
If the deal gets completed then Juan Sartori may be looking to bring in someone else to fill the role – something which could spell bad news for Parkinson.
However it seems unlikely that a decision will be made while the ownership of the club is being sorted out.