Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pressure's on Parky to Prove He's Man for Job

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pressure's on Parky to Prove He's Man for Job

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Byline: CRAIG JOHNS Football writer craig.johns@reachplc.com @craig_johns

Just days after Sky Sports EFL pundit Keith Andrews described calls to sack Phil Parkinson after just 11 games as 'ridiculous',' Sunderland lost again.

With 10 days preparation, Sunderland went to Gillingham and hardly threatened as they lost 1-0 at Priestfield Stadium. Plenty of preparation, very little difference.

It remains just two wins for under-fire Parkinson in 12 games, and now seven defeats - eight if you include the penalty loss to Oxford in the Carabao Cup.

These people this right now, so little Out of all three cup competitions since the ex-Bradford and Bolton boss' arrival, more concerning is the fact that Sunderland are now ten points of automatic promotion, five off even just a play-off spot.

From the outside looking in, people might label calling for Parkinson to be sacked after such short a period at the helm as ridiculous.

Those thinking such have missed the point. Since the weekend defeat both Roker Report and Wise Man Say - popular fan podcasts - have recorded review shows. To listen to either is nothing short of heartbreaking. These are passionate fans who have done these podcasts for years and built a big following in doing so. Yet this time, after watching a toothless 1-0 defeat at Gillingham and seeing their club 11th in the English third tier, the apathy of both was at an all time high.

These are the people whose opinions we should be listening to loudest. These are people who love this club, but right now, there's so little to love.

Last season when Sunderland were doing well under Ross, there were still questions being asked. The inability to keep a clean sheet. The lack of creativity. These Sunderland fans are not foolish.

They could see the issues and they could predict the eventual fall.

are who love but there's to love It's the same now as they watch Parkinson's flat as a pancake Sunderland. When Parkinson first came Sunderland were unfortunate to lose their first two league away games at Wycombe and, in particular, Shrewsbury. …

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