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Parkinson wants Sunderland to forget its past

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Sunderland played in the English Premier League in the past, but now they are buried in the Football League One.

New Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson has asked its team to forget its English Premier League past and embrace their Football League One present.

“The size of the stadium won’t win us football games, it’s about the desire and commitment we show on a week-to-week basis,” he told reporters according to The Daily Mail.

“You’ve got to ally the quality we have in the team with that desire and that real hunger to win games of football because there is absolutely no given in any league in English football because the games are all so tight.”

He said: “I have faced a lot of challenges in my career and I’m proud of my CV and what I’ve achieved.”

“But obviously the stature of this club, it’s probably the biggest one, but I’m relishing it. In my mind, I really do fell and I am and – I would love to be – the manager who gets this club off and running again.”

“I feel it’s achievable, but it’s to work straight away. It’s going to take a lot of hard work both on and off the pitch for everybody connected with the club, but I do believe we can achieve it,” he commented.

“It’s got to be the ambition. You’d be crazy if you spoke to a potential manager and said, ‘We’re happy to just tick along nicely this season.”

“They want someone who is ambitious, who has achieved promotions before and knows what it takes to get over the finishing line,” the new manager concluded.