Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson has expressed his excitement about the Black Cats’ clash against Tranmere Rovers tonight.

It will be his first home game in charge of the North-East side and he wants to make it one to remember.

The former Bradford City and Bolton Wanderers boss was chosen as the man to replace Jack Ross for Sunderland.

He lost his first game in charge at the weekend against Wycombe Wanderers but has the opportunity to put things right against Micky Mellon’s Whites.

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He has spoken to the Black Cats’ official club website prior to the match: “At Bolton, Steve [Parkin] and I were dealing with players and staff that hadn’t been paid for five months – they weren’t able to pay their bills and they were struggling – and that’s pressure”

Stadium Of Light. Photo by George Ledger.

“This is an enjoyable expectation and we have to thrive on fulfilling it, and when you have gone through what we did last season, believe you me, I am relishing tomorrow night. I really want to give the supporters a performance where they can get out of their seats and get right behind the lads, because the players and the coaching staff are important, but the supporters are also part of that team.”

He added: “To keep this club progressing and get it back to where it belongs, it’s going to take every single person to play their part, so I’m asking the supporters to get right behind the lads and give us a real lift.” 

Parkinson is hoping to bring a couple of his former backroom staff from Bolton to the Stadium of Light, as reported by The72.


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