Sunderland appoint former Bolton and Bradford boss Phil Parkinson as their new manager

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Phil Parkinson, 51,  has signed a two-and-a-half year contract at the Stadium of Light


Sunderland appoint former Bolton and Bradford boss Phil Parkinson as their new manager after the sacking of Jack Ross

  • Phil Parkinson has signed a two-and-a-half year deal at the Stadium of Light 
  • The 51-year-old resigned as Bolton Wanderers manager in August of this year
  • He replaces Jack Ross, who was sacked despite a decent start to the season
  • Parkinson has achieved promotion three times in his 16-year-long career  

Sunderland have appointed Phil Parkinson as the club’s new manager following the sacking of Jack Ross on October 8. 

Ross was shown the door despite leading the team to sixth in League One, though the team failed to keep a clean sheet during his brief time in charge. 

But now the Black Cats have appointed former Bradford boss Parkinson on a two-and-a-half year deal after he resigned as Bolton Wanderers manager in August, with the 51-year-old taking training on Thursday ahead of his first match against Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday. 

Phil Parkinson, 51,  has signed a two-and-a-half year contract at the Stadium of Light

Jack Ross was sacked as Sunderland manager despite leaving the club sixth in League One

Jack Ross was sacked as Sunderland manager despite leaving the club sixth in League One 

PHIL PARKINSON’S MANAGERIAL CV  

2003-2006: Colchester United

2006: Hull City

2008-2011: Charlton Athletic 

2011-2016: Bradford City 

2016-2019: Bolton Wanderers  

Parkinson’s regular assistant Steve Parkin has joined him in the north-east.  

In a club press release, Parkinson said: ‘I’ve been in football a long time now, and Sunderland’s immense history, the passion of its fanbase and its wonderful facilities are legendary within the game.

‘It’s now up to me to build on the work of my predecessor and deliver the success the fans are so desperate for. 

‘This is a good squad of players, and I relish the challenge of working with them to achieve our goal of promotion from League One.’ 

Sunderland chairman Stewart Donald emphasised that Parkinson was the club’s first choice for the job. 

‘Phil has a proven track record when it comes to achieving promotion and I’m delighted to welcome him to Sunderland,’ Donald said.

‘During a rigorous recruitment process, it gradually became clear that he was the prime candidate to take the club forward.

‘His CV put him on our short list. His references from within the game set him apart.’

Sunderland chairman Stewart Donald insisted that Parkinson was their number one target

Sunderland chairman Stewart Donald insisted that Parkinson was their number one target 

Parkinson guided Bradford City to the League Cup final in 2013 where they lost to Swansea

Parkinson guided Bradford City to the League Cup final in 2013 where they lost to Swansea

In a 16-year-long career, Parkinson has achieved promotion on three occasions, with Colchester United to the Championship in 2006, with Bradford in 2013 to League One and with Bolton to the Championship in 2017.

But the 51-year-old is probably best remembered for guiding Bradford to the 2013 League Cup final, where they lost 5-0 to Swansea City.

Parkinson also led the Bantams to the FA Cup quarter-finals in 2015, a run which included the scalp of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. 

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