Sunderland make key capture from League One rivals

Bolton Wanderers’ Head of Sports Science Nick Allamby has left the Trotters to take up a similar position with former colleague Phil Parkinson at Sunderland, as reported by the Bolton News.

Allamby links back up with Parkinson for a second time, having moved to Bradford City in the summer of 2011, where he held the role of head of sports performance alongside manager Parkinson. He later followed Parkinson to the University of Bolton Stadium, but now makes the switch to Wearside to again work with the new Black Cats boss.

He had previously spent nine years at Middlesbrough, working as senior strength and conditioning coach, rehabilitation specialist and sports therapist.

He is the fourth member of Trotters staff to turn up at the Stadium of Light, with Parkinson joined by his assistant Steve Parkin and goalkeeping coach Lee Butler.

Phil Parkinson took over from Jack Ross, who was fired after his side lost matches against Lincoln City. It’s been a tough start for the former Bradford man, who has seen his side eliminated from the EFL Cup and defeated in the EFL Trophy by Leicester Under 21s.

Our View

Phil Parkinson has a big job on his hands; nothing short of the top two will be deemed a success and he needs people around him he trusts.

He’s got promoted from this level with Bolton before and appointing the staff from that successful time is a strong strategy.

He needs winners, on and off the field. Given the weak performance of some players in midweek, there is still plenty of work to do when it comes to the playing staff, so he’ll be happy to at least be getting his backroom in order.


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