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Gossip: Sunderland interested in Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson

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According to reports from The Northern Echo, Phil Parkinson is one of three wanted by Sunderland to become their next manager.

The article from The Northern Echo states:

“The incoming Sunderland hierarchy had been hoping to speak to Chris Wilder as they were aware of the Sheffield United boss’ mounting unhappiness at what he perceived to be a lack of support from the Bramall Lane board.

However, it appears as though most of those differences have been patched up, and sources in South Yorkshire now expect Wilder to sign a new contract with the Blades. Paul Cook, another potential target, has already signed a new long-term deal with Wigan Athletic.

As a result, Donald and his backers will have to cast their net slightly wider as they look to appoint a new boss, with Alex Rae, Michael Appleton and Phil Parkinson currently understood to be at the forefront of their thoughts.

Parkinson’s candidature has strengthened in the last few days as, like Wilder, he is understood to be involved in a stand-off with his current employers at Bolton Wanderers.

Parkinson might well feel his job could be in jeopardy if a full-blown takeover was to take place, and Sunderland could use the uncertainty to their own advantage if they were to make a move of their own in the next few days.”

Things may have changed in the past few days, as Phil Parkinson held talks with Ken Anderson on Friday to discuss potential targets and to also discuss which players were going to be given new deals. So it sounds like he isn’t going anywhere soon.

Personally, even if Wanderers do get a substantial amount of investment, i’d like to see what side Parky could build. After all he’s done in the past two years, he deserves a chance to spend.

Sunderland will probably have to decide between Alex Rae and Michael Appleton.

So, do you think Parky would be tempted to leave for Sunderland? Let us know in the comments box below.