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Sunderland takeover agreement leaves Phil Parkinson keen to discuss his future

Phil Parkinson will discuss his future with Sunderland’s new owners after Stewart Donald prepares to sell his majority stake.

Donald has a deal in place to hand over to current minority shareholder Juan Sartori and Kyril Louis-Dreyfus, aged 22.

He is the son of former Marseille owner Robert. Donald will retain a 15 percent stake after an agreement was reached early this week and could be completed in a fortnight.

Boss Parkinson said on Friday: “My own choice is to concentrate on preparing a team for every game.

"If a takeover goes through I'd look forward to meeting any new owners and telling them my thoughts.”

Parkinson is convinced Sunderland are better equipped than ever to start climbing back in the leagues.

The fallen Premier League giants are in their third season in League One, after their worst ever league finish last term.

Parkinson has built a strong squad he reckons can push into the top two… when they start converting their chances more ruthlessly.

The Mackem manager said: “The structure, fan base, stadium, training ground is Premier League. That is the bottom line. We have got to implement a culture that will take the club forward.

“I feel the squad is strong in terms of numbers and quality. The start has been good in terms of 21 points from ten games. We have got a good platform. Like the others our aim is to be top two and I believe we can achieve that.

"Every game is a challenge. You work exceptionally hard to earn a win and we have done that so far.”

Sunderland have the League's best defence with Charlton, and face a block of five games without playing promotion rivals.

He added: “We have to build. There are areas to improve on. Our conversion of chances hasn't been good enough, but we've created as many as anyone. However many elements of play are excellent.

“We are proud of our defensive record (just seven conceded) and have earned out clean sheets. We have pressed high not sat back, we have imposed ourselves.

“I wasn't here a couple of seasons ago (for the first season in League One), but looking at the squad the depth of it… every time I pick a team the bench is strong. We are up there in terms of the quality we have got.

“We have to maintain focus, the process of each game, not look too far ahead. Just be calm and focused. We have the staff and mentality to do that.”

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