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Sunderland is currently stagnant.
Four games without a win in League One, Phil Parkinson has taken the sack and are currently six points behind first place.
As in recent years, promotion is unfortunately not guaranteed for the Black Cats. With that said, could a new manager help?
Which is the word?
Stewart Donald is one of the busiest owners in English football at the moment, trying to wrap up a takeover attempt alongside the hiring of a sporting director and new head coach.
However, according to Caught offside, there is another name now on the hat.
They reported this week that Sunderland has held talks with former Macclesfield and Southend United boss Sol Campbell.
You want Campbell in Sunderland?
An interview between Campbell and the Sunderland hierarchy is believed to have already taken place. Unfortunately, the report doesn’t indicate how high the former defender’s priority is on his hit list.
Destined for mediocrity
Campbell’s managerial career has been a state of affairs in reverse.
His first adventure was with Macclesfield and he did something that Tony Cascarino described as a “minor miracle”.
When the coach entered the post, they were last in League Two and five points behind safety. However, once he was gone, he was able to save them from the descent through the skin of his teeth, keeping them that way until the last day.
He did all of this while the club was struggling financially and, as a result, drew comparisons to a certain Parkinson’s.
Cascarino said talkSPORT: “I praised Phil Parkinson at Bolton when he got promoted when he was under a [transfer] embargo. He fell and is still his manager. He is in a similar situation [to Campbell]Imagine coming here and none of us have been paid and we have to put on a show. “
In this situation, it’s certainly not a bad thing to be compared to the recently deceased Sunderland boss, but Campbell’s work in Southend is why Stadium of Light fans should be concerned.
He won only four of the 24 games, eventually leaving his post with a winning percentage of 18.2%. Meanwhile, Southend was ultimately relegated from League One with the club a colossal 16 points from safety.
Financial constraints meant that he couldn’t spend in the January transfer window and therefore couldn’t turn the club around.
Campbell is unlikely to be able to spend much in Sunderland because they are currently tied down by the EFL salary cap.
Therefore, you would be entering a rather similar situation. With his little managerial experience and inability to sign many new players, things are unlikely to improve in the Northeast under his leadership.
That’s not to say he’s not a good coach, he did wonderful things at Macclesfield, it’s just that Sunderland wouldn’t be the right game at the moment.
In other news, this is how FFC predicts Sunderland will line up if they hire Danny Cowley …