Former Bristol City manager Lee Johnson is one of the names in the frame to take over at Sunderland with the Black Cats still looking for a new man to replace Phil Parkinson.

The men from Wearside opted to sack Parkinson over the weekend following on from their draw with Fleetwood Town in Sky Bet League One.

They’re looking for a manager, then, that is going to get them promoted back into the Championship this season and several names are bound to be keen on taking such a big job.

And, according to Football Insider,  the ex-Bristol City boss is in the running for the job.

Rush Football’s take

Johnson spent four years at Ashton Gate and helped build them into play-off contenders in the Championship after seeing them threatened by the drop when he first arrived.

The question mark over him, though, concerned an inability to get the Robins over the line when it really mattered, with them often tailing off in the play-off race when the business end of the season came around.

As a coach, he has good ideas and good methods and is still young, so he may well have learned from that experience in terms of getting promotion achieved but, until he does it, there’ll obviously be that doubt.

He’s in the frame, though, and we’ll have to see if he ends up on Wearside.


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