Kevin Phillips claimed tomorrow night’s trip to Fleetwood Town is a “huge game” for Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson.
The Stadium of Light legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said that “pressure is mounting” on the 52-year-old with Kyril Louis-Dreyfus’ takeover bid looming.
The Black Cats travel to Highbury Stadium tomorrow to face a Fleetwood side that have won five of their last six League One fixtures.
A win would ease the pressure on under-fire Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson after a run of four games without a win across all competitions.
Phillips suggested the prospective new owner, Kyril Louis-Dreyfus, may choose to replace Parkinson with his “own man” if results do not improve.
“It certainly will not help his situation if they lose against Fleetwood, let’s put it that way,” he told Football Insider.
“I am not going to say that he should be sacked but we all know the business, Phil included.
“It is a big game for Sunderland on Friday because of where both sides are in the league.
“It could have been so different at the weekend. If they held on for the three points it would have been a great result away from home.
“Joey Barton has got Fleetwood flying. There is always a niggle between Barton and Sunderland because of his days at Newcastle – he will be desperate to win the match.
“Phil is not daft. He knows that the pressure is mounting with the takeover looming.
“When new owners come in they often like to bring their own man in.
“Ultimately, it is about results on the pitch and if they were to lose tomorrow Sunderland could be some way off the top spot. It is a huge game for everyone concerned.”
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