Phil Parkinson’s unhappy tenure as manager of Sunderland came to an end this evening after 13 months in charge.
The former Hull City and Bolton boss never got going for the Black Cats, struggling to get the best from his players and failing to deliver on the club’s huge potential. It might seem odd, mentioning ‘potential’ for the biggest club in the third tier by some distance, but that is what they have. They should, by rights, be challenging in the top two and yet their performances have been decidedly mid-table.
For that, Parkinson has paid the price, coming off the back of five matches without a win. His side or eighth in the table and delicately poised for a promotion push, but inconsistency has held them back. Parkinson played dour football at times, never settling on a starting XI that worked and failing to get the best out of some talented players. His transfer business has been weak at best and he often cut a dour, isolated figure as the walls fell around him.
For the third time in as many seasons, a new man will come in and take the helm, tasked with taking this sleeping giant back to where they feel they belong. The pressure on whoever comes in will be huge, but the rewards for what should be a straightforward success will be just as big – get out of League One and the Black Cats fans will be forever grateful.
We think the perfect man is currently out of work (no compensation), proven as a winner and needs a clear vision for the future. Our pick? Former Lincoln City and Huddersfield manager Danny Cowley, along with brother Nicky. Here are three reasons why.
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