Date: 2nd December 2020 at 12:50pm
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Sunderland Echo reporter Phil Smith has appeared on the latest edition of The Roar Podcast and spent some time talking about the appointment of Sunderland’s next manager during the show. 

After Phil Parkinson was sacked by the Black Cats at the weekend with the North East club currently subject to a takeover bid from a consortium involving Kyril Louis-Dreyfus and Juan Sartori – the latter of whom is already a minority shareholder in the club – Smith discussed the takeover in relation to the next managerial appointment at the Stadium of Light and he shared that he imagines that the prospective new owners will want a say in who the next Black Cats manager is. 

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The journalist said: “We’re all waiting to see what’s going to happen with the takeover and I guess that’s going to define who the next manager is and what comes next. 

“I think what we’re still trying to piece together, really, is who’s actually making the appointment, because we’re all obviously waiting to see when this takeover’s going to happen and you would imagine that if there’s going to be a new investor or a new owner, if I was in their shoes, I’d want a pretty big say on who the next manager is going to be of the football club, so it’ll be really interesting to see where it’ll go.”

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TIF Thoughts on what Smith had to say about the appointment of Sunderland’s next manager…

Even though the club’s board has seemingly begun their search for the next Black Cats manager, it’s hard to disagree with what Smith spoke about concerning the likelihood that Sunderland’s prospective new owners will want to have a say in who the next manager is going to be, so could that then mean that the next Black Cats boss will not take the reins at the Stadium of Light until the impending takeover is completed?

If so, then hopefully for Sunderland, the takeover is not far from being finalised, as Andrew Taylor, who’s been in a first-team coaching role at Sunderland since November 2019, has taken charge of the Black Cats for the time being following Parkinson’s departure – but given his lack of managerial experience, surely the North East club will want to get their new permanent manager in place as soon as possible.