The race to be the Sunderland coach was big, including former English Premier League players, but today Phil Parkinson has been appointed boss.
The former midfielder has managed five different teams: Colchester United, Hull City, Charlton Athletic, Bradford City, and most recently Bolton Wanderers.
“It is both a privilege and immense responsibility to be appointed a manager of this great club,” he told Sunderland’s official website according to Sky Sports.
“I’ve been in football a long time now, and Sunderland’s immense history, the passion of its fanbase and its wonderful facilities are legendary within the game.”
“It’s now up to me to build on the work of my predecessor and deliver the success the fans are so desperate for,” he commented.
“This is a good squad of players, and I relish the challenge of working with them to achieve our goal of promotion from League One.”
Sunderland chairman Stewart Donald added: “Phil has a proven track record when it comes to achieving promotion and I’m delighted to welcome him to Sunderland.”
“During a rigorous recruitment process, it gradually became clear that he was the prime candidate to take the club forward. His CV put him on our shortlist. His references from within the game set him apart.”
“I hope that Sunderland fans will all join me in welcoming him to our historic club, as we look forward to an exciting few months,” he concluded.
— Daniel Pugs Hughes (@DanielPugs) December 1, 2013