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The next few weeks could indicate a big change in the Stadium of Light.
A new athletic director at Kristjaan Speakman is set to be hired, while Stewart Donald is busy finalizing the details on a takeover bid for Juan Sartori and Kyril Louis-Dreyfus.
You will find it difficult to find a soccer owner who is currently as busy as Donald, someone who is also looking for a new coach to take him to Sunderland.
However, one of the most striking Names is Lee Johnson, the former Bristol City manager. The 39-year-old is relatively inexperienced and is one of the youngest head coaches in the game. However, he is wildly impressive and has a distinctive soccer brand.
A welcome thought for Sunderland is the fact that he plays with his formations considerably, something we rarely saw under Parkinson’s.
His football was stale and tedious, playing a trademark of the game that eventually saw the ball bunched up towards players like Charlie Wyke. In short, his tactics were risk-free and full of predictability.
You want Johnson in Sunderland?
So by bringing Johnson on, they could completely change the way the current gaming staff is working.
Johnson, a dynamic thinker, has a history of hitting a winning streak by changing his tactics and formations. For example, at the beginning of the 2015/16 season when he was at Barnsley, he played no fewer than five different systems.
This is completely different from Parkinson, who until now this term, used a similar style in each game, be it 3-5-2 or 3-4-3.
If we take 2016/17 as further evidence of Johnson’s tweaks, we can see it in a four sets Unbeaten streak between March 4th and March 7thHe used three very different systems; 3-5-2, 4-2-3-1 and 4-4-2.
This should be an important box checked for both Donald and the club’s supporters.
If he’s Sunderland’s new boss, they can say goodbye to stale football forever. That’s not just because of the constant change he instills, but also because he likes to play counter or possession football. That was something we never saw with Parkinson’s in front.
Gary, Johnson’s father, said The independent that he is destined for high heights: “He has done enough right now for people to recognize what he can do, that’s the most important thing. I think Lee should have (a great career), but you never rest on your laurels in football … no harm has been done recently in what is happening in Bristol City. “
With that in mind, it would be a huge blow if Sunderland could draw him into League One. This is a progressive coach who would surely be better positioned in the Northeast than Parkinson.
In the meantime, Will Grigg could rediscover himself if Sunderland hires THIS manager …