Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson says he is still the right person to lead the Black Cats forward – despite losing eight of his last 12 games in charge.

The north east club are in woeful form with their most recent loss coming on Saturday against Gillingham.

Fans once voiced their disapproval towards Parkinson and there are calls for him to be sacked with the Black Cats now 11th in the league and five points off the play-off places.

However, Phil Parkinson has told the Shields Gazette that he is “definitely” the man to lead Sunderland back to the Championship.

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When asked whether he is right for the job, Parkinson said: “Yeah definitely.

“It is a tough period we are going through, we have to dig ourselves out of it.

“I am confident we will.”

Parkinson admitted the club are going through a “disappointing” spell but said “the lads are giving everything to get the results we need“.

Over 1,000 fans made the long journey south to Kent on Saturday and there were chants of “you don’t know what you’re doing” aimed at Parkinson from some of the away supporters at the Priestfield Stadium.

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He says he did not hear such chants but admitted he is having to be “resilient” during this tough spell.

Parkinson added: “I didn’t hear that, to be honest, you have better hearing than me.

“There was a couple of minutes left and I made a substitution, I didn’t hear that.

You have to be resilient as a manager, you want everyone on your side obviously but you accept when you are not winning that supporters will be frustrated and I totally understand that.”


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