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Who is Sunderland's manager?

Succeeding the outgoing Jack Ross, Phil Parkinson is the newly appointed manager of League One side and sleeping giant Sunderland AFC. Ross had been in charge of Sunderland for just over a season following the club's relegation to the third tier of English football at the end of the 2017/18 campaign. He took them to a 4th place finish in the division but was unable to steer them through the play-offs where they suffered defeat at the hands of Portsmouth. He maintained his position with the Black Cats going into the 2019/20 campaign, but the North East's side have had a stuttering start to their third successive season in League One. The target set out by the board for the campaign was very much to achieve automatic promotion; something that, under Ross, they clearly felt was unlikely to be realised. And so they moved to dismiss him and replace him With Phil Parkinson.

Parkinson was born in Lancashire in 1967 and has spent large portions of his career in the North of England, a trend which he is set to continue at Sunderland. He began his footballing career in Southampton, however, deep in the South of the Country. After being promoted to the senior squad from the youth team, Parkinson failed to make a senior league appearance during his three-year spell at Saint Marys. When he turned 21, Parkinson, moved back to the North with Bury FC. Long before their recent financial troubles, Bury was a sensible destination for Parksinon as he was able to get many more minutes with the club. He made his senior league debut in 1988 and would go on to make 145 appearances in five games and score five goals between 1988 and 1992. All in all, it was a very successful spell.

Following his four years with Bury, Parkinson moved to Reading where he became a bonfire club legend over the course of 11 seasons. In total, Parkinson played 361 times in the league for the Royals, scoring 20 times. He is widely considered to be one of the club's best ever players. He retired in 2003 and was given a rapturous send-off at the Madjeski stadium.

Later, Parkinson moved into management, a profession he has remains in until this day. His first venture into this side of the game was with Colchester United in the very same year he retired. He stayed in charge of Colchester for three years. In his final season with the club, Parkinson oversaw the team's promotion to the Championship. As Colchester were considered among the favourites for relegation in that season, gaining promotion was a spectacular achievement.

He earned a move to Hull City in 2006 but was very unsuccessful in the role. He and the club parted ways less than six months into Parkinson's tenure. Later, Parkinson was appointed by Charlton Athletic. He was relegated with Charlton but kept his job in the following League One season. He failed to get them promoted and was dismissed midway through his third season with the club.

Following this, he joined Bradford City. He stayed with Bradford for five years. The most memorable aspect of his tenure was the League Two side’s magnificent League Cup run in which they reached the final. He also oversaw their promotion to League One and almost got them up into the Championship in subsequent seasons.

He then joined Bolton Wanderers. Despite being under a transfer embargo, Parkinson achieved promotion with Bolton. Unfortunately, due to the club's well-documented financial problems, Parkinson was forced to resign in August of this year. Now, he finds himself with Sunderland - a club desperate for some good fortune following their back-to-back relegations in recent years.