‘When did we get a comedian as a manager’ – These Sunderland fans react to latest manager comments

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Sunderland dominated Shrewsbury at the weekend, but despite sixteen attempts at goal, they failed to muster a reply to Jason Cummings first-half strike.

A frustrating afternoon for the Black Cats saw them rattle the woodwork three times and come close on several other occasions without finding the back of the Shrews net.

New manager Phil Parkinson must have been in confident mood before kick-off after his team put five past Tranmere in midweek at the Stadium of Light, but he was left disappointed after watching his new side control possession without finding the killer touch in the face of a deep-lying, resolute Shrewsbury defence.


However, speaking to the club’s official website after the game, the former Bolton boss remained upbeat and confident he had seen enough from his team’s performance to suggest a winning run of games was not too far away. He said: ‘We have totally dominated the game and the one attempt from them has resulted in a goal.’

‘We have hit the bar and post three times; we have had balls flash across the six-yard box and had some great chances not just to draw the game but win it.’

‘In terms of the way we wanted to set out I couldn’t have asked for anymore but as everyone knows it’s all about sticking the ball in the back of the net.’

‘We have completely dominated the game – if we keep playing like that, then we are going to win a hell of a lot of games at this level.’

After the criticism of Parkinson’s predecessor Jack Ross for his negative tactics and uninspiring press conferences, you would imagine Parkinson’s positivity would have gone down well with Sunderland fans, and while it is true some did welcome his comments when they reacted on social media, others were not so impressed.

Many feel that Sunderland should be beating sides like Shrewsbury with the budget and the quality of players they have at their disposal, and while fans generally refrained from giving Parkinson stick for his statement, it is clear he will need to quickly turn his positive words into a string of positive results if he is to keep sections of the Lads fanbase onside.

Here is a selection of responses to Parkinson’s positive post-match comments on Twitter.




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