Report: Ex-Bolton boss Phil Parkinson wants the Sunderland job

31st March 2019, Wembley Stadium, London, England; Checkatrade Trophy Final, Portsmouth versus Sunderland; Sunderland fans celebrate as Aiden McGeady of Sunderland scores in the 38th...

Sunderland want a coach with a proven League One record after sacking Jack Ross and two-time promotion winner Phil Parkinson ticks that box.

Phil Parkinson manager of Bolton Wanderers during the The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Bolton Wanderers and Huddersfield Town at Macron Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Bolton,...

Phil Parkinson has put his name forward to take over at Sunderland with the former Bolton Wanderers coach looking to make a return to the dugout, as reported by the Northern Echo.

Just two days after Jack Ross bit the bullet following a poor start to the season, the Black Cats have been linked with a whole host of potential replacements.


Daniel Stendel has already emerged as perhaps the most likely option after leaving Championship strugglers Barnsley with TEAMtalk claiming that Wigan Athletic’s Paul Cook and Coventry City’s Mark Robins are also on the shortlist.

Gary Rowett, Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink and club legend Kevin Phillips have apparently applied for the job too.

16 Sep 2000:  Kevin Phillips of Sunderland celebrates after scoring the second goal during the Sunderland v Derby County FA Carling Premiership match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland....

But, with owner Stewart Donald prioritising a coach with a proven League One track record, he must be tempted by the idea of handing the reigns to the experienced Parkinson.

The 51-year-old has an excellent record in the third tier. He guided Colchester United to an unlikely promotion to the Championship in 2006, repeated the trick with Bolton Wanderers and also led Charlton Athletic to the play-offs. His Bradford City side, who famously reached the EFL Cup final and beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, performed another giant-killing when they knocked Gus Poyet's side out of the FA Cup in 2015.

Parkinson is famed for his ability to get the best out of the players at his disposal and he could give Sunderland a jolt of life after growing stale under Ross.

16th February 2018, University of Bolton Stadium, Bolton, England; EFL Championship football, Bolton Wanderers versus Norwich City ; Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson looks on...

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