Report: Sunderland told hold talks with former Bolton boss Phil Parkinson

Prospective new owner Stewart Donald surveys the Stadium of Light before the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wonderers at Stadium of Light on May 6, 2018 in...

Parkinson left Sunderland's League One rivals, Bolton Wanderers, at the start of the campaign.

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,...

Sunderland will hold talks with the former Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson this weekend, according to The Sun.

Parkinson has been out of work since quitting Bolton, who are now Sunderland's League One rivals, in August.

It is claimed the Mackems want a manager with third-tier experience and the 51-year-old has that in abundance, having previously led Bolton and Colchester United into to the Championship.


But he is not the only boss under consideration, with Gareth Ainsworth and Paul Cook, of Wycombe Wanderers and Wigan Athletic respectively, also being looked at, along with the out-of-work duo, Daniel Stendel and Nigel Pearson, according to The Sun.

Interestingly, the newspaper adds that both Ainsworth - whom separate reports claim Sunderland have been granted permission to hold talks - and Cook are keen on the job vacated by Jack Ross earlier this week.

Manager Nigel Pearson of OH Leuven ahead of the Proximus League match between Lommel SK and OH Leuven at Soevereinstadion on January 27th, 2019 in Lommel, Belgium.

Parkinson has also had spells at Hull City, Charlton Athletic and Bradford City - with whom he won promotion to League One.

Were Sunderland to appoint the Lancastrian, his first meeting with Bolton would be at the Stadium of Light on Boxing Day.

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