Sunderland Confirm Phil Parkinson As New Manager

October 18, 2019

Sunderland appointed Phil Parkinson as the new manager of their two-and-a-half-year contract.

The 51-year-old man will be assisted by Steve Parkin, who replaced Jack Ross after the Scots were dismissed after defeating Lincoln 2-0 earlier this month. It is the second season of the Black Cats in all competitions.

Chairman Stewart Donald said: “Phil has a good track record in achieving promotion. I am very happy to welcome him to Sunderland.

“In the rigorous recruitment process, it became clear that he was the main candidate for the club’s advancement. His resume included him in our shortlist. His recommendations in the game made him different.

“I hope that Sunderland fans will join me in welcoming him to our historic club because we are looking forward to an exciting few months.”

Parkinson postponed the proposed acquisition three years after he took office, leaving his position in the crisis-stricken Bolton in August, during which he coached the club to become the “Sky Betting Champion” at the end of the 2016-17 season.

He was trained at the School of Light on Thursday before heading to Wycombe on Saturday.

Parkinson also promoted with Colchester and Bradford, saying: “The appointment of the manager of this great club is both a privilege and a huge responsibility.

“I have been playing football for a long time, Sunderland’s long history, passionate fans and first-class facilities are legendary in the game.

“Now, I have a responsibility to rely on my predecessor’s work and to achieve the success that fans are so eager for. This is a group of outstanding players, and I am happy to work with them to achieve the challenge of our goal of promotion from the league.”