Sunderland to stick with Phil Parkinson for Blackpool clash but Stewart Donald keeps eye on 'major problems'

Sunderland are set to keep faith with manager under-fire manager Phil Parkinson.

Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 7:00 am
Updated Thursday, 12th December 2019, 10:40 am

The 51-year-old is expected to lead the Black Cats into their League One clash with Blackpool this weekend, despite coming under pressure from supporters after a run of just two wins in 12 games.

In a Q&A with readers on our sister website, the Sunderland Echo, writer Phil Smith revealed that no change looks to be imminent in the dugout ahead of the visit of the Seasiders.

But he feels Stewart Donald will be monitoring some ‘major problems’ at the Stadium of Light.

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Sunderland are set to keep faith with Phil Parkinson

“There doesn’t look to be any prospect of a change as it stands,” he wrote.

“I fully expect Parkinson to be in charge for Saturday. It’s a big game, and Simon Grayson returning for the first time since his infamous sacking just minutes after the 3-3 draw with Bolton just adds another layer of intrigue.

“Generally speaking, Stewart Donald has backed Phil Parkinson significantly.

“He may have spoken about the need for a short-term lift and focused on the need for promotion this season, but he gave him a long contract, backed him to bring a new, extensive backroom staff, and has made plans for the upcoming January window.

“Put simply, he will be desperate for this to turn around.

“Nevertheless, he was back on Wearside to see the major problems against Burton Albion and though he wasn’t there on Saturday, I’m sure he will be aware just how poor Sunderland looked yet again.

“Worrying times for supporters.”