Sunderland have handed Phil Parkinson the activity of dragging the club out of League 1 as he targets the fourth promotion of his managerial profession.

The 51-year-old has been appointed the new Black Cats boss on a two-and-a-half-year deal following the departure of Jack Ross earlier this month.

Former Southampton, Bury and Reading midfielder Parkinson, who has accomplished promotion with Colchester, Bradford and Bolton, will be assisted at the Stadium of Light by Steve Parkin.

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He stated: “It is each a privilege and immense duty to be appointed manager of this wonderful club.

“I’ve been in football a extended time now, and Sunderland’s immense history, the passion of its fanbase and its great facilities are legendary inside the game.

“It’s now up to me to construct on the perform of my predecessor and provide the achievement the fans are so desperate for. This is a very good squad of players, and I relish the challenge of functioning with them to obtain our aim of promotion from League 1.”

Phil Parkinson took Bolton into the Championship
Phil Parkinson took Bolton into the Championship (Barrington Coombs/PA)

Sunderland missed out on promotion at the finish of final season below Ross when they have been beaten by Charlton in the League 1 play-off final at Wembley obtaining drawn 19 of their 46 typical-season games.

They at present sit ninth in the third tier, their second season in the division following back-to-back relegations from the Premier League and the Sky Bet Championship.

Ross’ group had lost only two games all season and reached the final 16 in the Carabao Cup, but sections of the fanbase have been unhappy with the Scot’s style of play and group selections.

Jack Ross was unpopular with sections of the Sunderland fanbase
Jack Ross was unpopular with sections of the Sunderland fanbase (Adam Davy/PA)

Chairman Stewart Donald said: “Phil has a verified track record when it comes to reaching promotion and I’m delighted to welcome him to Sunderland.

“During a rigorous recruitment method, it steadily became clear that he was the prime candidate to take the club forward. His CV place him on our shortlist. His references from inside the game set him apart.

“I hope that Sunderland fans will all join me in welcoming him to our historic club, as we appear forward to an thrilling couple of months.”

Parkinson, who left his post at crisis-torn Bolton in August right after 3 years, met the players and took education at the Academy of Light on Thursday morning and will be in the dugout for the 1st time on Saturday when his group heads for Wycombe.

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