Sunderland owner Stewart Donald has revealed the reasons behind his selection of Phil Parkinson as the Black Cats new manager.
Speaking to the Sunderland Echo, Donald explained he was impressed by Parkinson’s record and his reputation within the game. He said: ‘Phil has a proven track record when it comes to achieving promotion and I’m delighted to welcome him to Sunderland.’
‘During a rigorous recruitment process, it gradually became clear that he was the prime candidate to take the club forward.’
‘His CV put him on our shortlist. His references from within the game set him apart.’
‘I hope that Sunderland fans will all join me in welcoming him to our historic club, as we look forward to an exciting few months.’
Parkinson previously guided both unfashionable Colchester United and Bolton Wanderers to League One promotion and also took Bradford City up from League Two in addition to leading the Bantams to a League Cup final at Wembley.
He’s managed over seven hundred games and was available after leaving Bolton Wanderers earlier this season amid the financial and ownership issues at the Trotters.
The Sunderland owner identified previous League One success as the main criteria for potential candidates looking to replace Jack Ross who was sacked after a defeat at Lincoln City left the Black Cats sixth in the table after eleven games of the season played.
Despite his previous achievements at this level, news of his impending appointment was not greeted with much enthusiasm by many Sunderland fans when the story broke in the Telegraph last night, but now the club has confirmed Parkinson is their man, Donald will be hoping the fans get behind him in his efforts to get them promoted this season.
Many Sunderland fans are struggling to come to terms with the club’s current status, and this appointment will anger many of their fans.
However, the Black Cats need someone who knows this league and knows how to get out of it.
Champagne football is for another day, promotion is all that matters, and Parkinson will make himself a hero on Wearside if he guides them back to the Championship this season.
Fans should get behind him and give him a chance; if they do, they will have a better chance of achieving what everybody at the club so desperately wants.