Reports on Wearside are suggesting Sunderland have appointed Andrew Taylor as a new first-team coach.
Although the news is yet to be confirmed by the club, Chronicle journalist James Hunter tweeted last night Taylor has already started work at the Academy of Light training facility.
If true, it would mean the former Middlesbrough and Bolton Wanderers left-back is once again teaming up with his old manager Phil Parkinson.
The thirty-three-year-old played under Parkinson at the University of Bolton Stadium after joining the Trotters from Wigan in 2017.
He retired from playing in the summer at the end of his contract with Bolton, and the Sunderland job is his first coaching role. He is the fourth addition to Parkinson’s staff. Assistant Steve Parkin arrived with Parkinson when first appointed, and he later also added new goalkeeper coach Lee Butler and physical performance coach Nick Allamby.
Fans are generally not happy with how things are going at the club, and this was reflected in the reaction to the news on social media. There is plenty of sarcasm and dry wit in the response together with accusations that the appointment of an inexperienced coach with links to their under-fire manager is just another example of jobs for the boys.
The Black Cats head into their weekend fixture away at Gillingham in eleventh place in League One and desperate for three points after registering only two league wins since the end of September.
It appears from the following response to the news on Twitter, only an upturn in results will lift the gloom around the Stadium of Light.
— Hummy (@eathummous1) December 2, 2019
Guess he isn't getting sacked then. Another embarrassingly bad decision from the clowns running the asylum
— Mike Taylor (@MikeyTaylor83) December 2, 2019
Exactly what we need a rookie coach
— taz (@newmantaz) December 2, 2019
He’ll turn Grigg into a full back 👍🏾
— Ralph Lane (@Lane2ralphlane) December 2, 2019
— Jono (@Jonosafc) December 2, 2019
Seems to me he’s just bringing his mates in for a payday
— Graham Stewart (@greza90) December 2, 2019
Well I've changed my mind about renewing next season after that appointment. Champions League in 3 years.
— Dean Lamb (@Chubfubbler) December 3, 2019
Another one to pay off when Parkinson gets his p45
— Marc Stubbs (@M_Stubbs82) December 2, 2019
Leauge 2 he we come this club is a joke
— Chris (@Chrisb197777) December 3, 2019