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Sunderland appoint Phil Parkinson as new manager

Phil Parkinson, the new Sunderland manager. Credit: PA Images

The ex-Bolton boss Phil Parkinson has been appointed as Sunderland manager on a two and a half year deal.

He told a press conference he wanted to be the manager who "got the club up and running again."

Mr Parkinson, 51, replaces Jack Ross, whose contract was terminated last week after winning five of the side's 11 League One games.

Parkinson resigned as Bolton boss in August. The club had endured months of dire financial trouble and had been in administration since Many. Bolton were bottom of the third tier and had been deducted 12 points.

His career in football spans more than 30 years. Parkinson played for Southampton, Bury and Reading before moving into management in 2003 when he took over Colchester United.

Since then he has managed Hull City, Charlton Athletic, Bradford City and Bolton Wanderers. He resigned from his last post earlier this year. Mr Parkinson has achieved promotion on three separate occasions during his managerial career.

He said:

It is both a privilege and immense responsibility to be appointed manager of his great club. 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.”

– Phil Parkinson, Sunderland manager

Mr Parkinson met the players this morning and has taken his first training session.

Club chairman Stewart Donald, added:

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

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.

I hope that Sunderland fans will all join me in welcoming him to our historic club, as we look forward to an exciting few months.”

– Steward Donald, Sunderland chairman

Mr Parkinson's assistant will be Steve Parkin.

He will face his first test away on Saturday against Wycombe. Gareth Ainsworth, the Wycombe manager, was reportedly under consideration for the Sunderland job.