Wise Men Say: Another game without a win and more reasons to remove Phil Parkinson from the Sunderland dugout
Another game, another game without a win, and more and more reasons to remove Phil Parkinson as manager of Sunderland AFC.
Marginally improved, maybe, but its way below what we should be expecting performances and results to be.
Being 1-0 down inside the first few minutes of the game, Sunderland at least rallied and got back into it, through a well taken goal from Charlie Wyke who was fairly effective throughout, and whose departure signalled the end of any goal threat.
He hit the bar in the second half, which was as close as Sunderland came to winning the game, although Blackpool hilariously came closer with a comical goal line clearance by their own player in the first half.
So no wins in eight games now for Sunderland, but at least Phil Parkinson would come out and face the music after the game, and share his thoughts on the situation.
Oh no, wrong.
He sent the assistant manager to do so, another incredible decision taken by the former Colchester manager.
There were a few of these decisions in the game as well, with Laurens De Bock bizarrely playing at centre half.
One positive to be fair were the performances of Ozturk and Flanagan who looked solid and comfortable on the ball.
The midfield struggled to make an impact, with Max Power often the only one to show for the ball, but then struggling to make anything really happen when he got it.
He was at least more involved than George Dobson, who had an absolute stinker.
I have been a critic of his this season, as I just don’t see what he offers the team and maybe at times I have been unfair – I don’t think I am on this occasion.
He wasn’t involved and then when he was he, maybe harshly, got himself sent off.
My position hasn’t changed, Phil Parkinson should not be the manager of the football club, and he keeps finding new ways to show this on a weekly basis.
His decisions, his press conferences (when he turns up), and his all round performance are all levels below what we require.