Revealed: The shocking win rate that saw Phil Parkinson axed as Sunderland AFC manager

Phil Parkinson was relieved of his Sunderland managerial duties on Sunday night, leaving the club eighth in League One.

Sunday, 29th November 2020, 8:58 pm

The sacking follows a string of poor results culminating in a disappointing draw away to Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town on Friday night, after which Parkinson seemed visibly dejected.

But how does his win percentage stack up compared to other Sunderland managers?

Jack Ross – Parkinson’s predecessor – enjoyed a win ratio of 50.3 per cent, leading Sunderland to the play-off and EFL Trophy finals.

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BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29: Phil Parkinson, manager of Sunderland looks on during the Sky Bet League One match between Tranmere Rovers and Sunderland at Prenton Park on January 29, 2020 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Parkinson’s own ratio of 35.5 per cent is slightly higher than Lawrie McMenemy’s 30 per cent, but lower than Denis Smith’s 38.22 per cent.

Smith, of course, was the manager of Sunderland from 1987 to 1991 and lead the club to the old Third Divison title.

Parkinson’s record is higher than Martin O’Niell’s 35.2 per cent, Gus Poyet’s 30 per cent, Steve Bruce’s 29.6 per cent and Sam Allardyce’s 29 per cent.

The aforementioned four managed Sunderland in the Premier League, however.