Phil Parkinson is the current Sunderland manager.
Parkinson, a holder of the UEFA Pro License, began his managerial career with Colchester in February 2003, where he steered the U's to safety from the threat of relegation to Division Three. The following season resulted in an impressive run to the fifth round of the FA Cup for the club's first time since the early 1970s.
The 2005/06 campaign saw Colchester finish second and gain promotion to the Championship, which was particularly impressive given the club, had the lowest average attendance of the division.
Parkinson left Colchester to join Hull City in June 2006 after the departure of Peter Taylor to Crystal Palace.
Parkinson and the Tigers parted company by mutual consent in early December 2006, before joining the Addicks.
Parkinson agreed to become Alan Pardew's number two on a permanent basis after turning down the manager's job at Huddersfield Town.
Following Pardew's departure from Charlton in November 2008, Parkinson took charge of first-team affairs, initially on a caretaker basis. He was subsequently handed the permanent job on New Year's Eve.
In his first full season with The Addicks, he guided Charlton to the play-off places in League One, where his side narrowly missed out on the final on penalties to Swindon. Earlier in the season, Parkinson guided the club to the top of league with six straight wins at the start of the season, resulting in him earning the manager of the month award for August 2009. He remained with the club until January 2011, with the club in the play-off places at the time of his departure.
He made a positive start to life with Bradford, winning the npower League 2 manager of the month for December 2011. Phil also enjoyed a promising run in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy with the Bantams taking them to the Northern division semi-finals.
More success was to follow in 2012/13, they became the first fourth-tier side in over 50 years to reach the League Cup final. Their triumph also coincided with the first time Bradford City reached the final of a major competition since winning the FA Cup in 1911. A second Wembley final was to follow during this campaign as Parkinson guided the Club to League One by winning the play-off final. He was later award at the 21st Manager of the Year Awards by receiving the LMA Special Merit Award.
On Bradford's return to the third tier of English football, Parkinson guided the Club to 11th place in Sky Bet League One in 2013/14.
As a player, Parkinson began an apprentice with Southampton, and made his Football League debut in 1988 with Bury.
It was at Reading where he made his name, gaining a reputation as a tough-tackling central midfielder soon becoming a fans favourite.
This resulted in being named player of the season two years in a row (1997/98 and 1998/99) and he was key member of the 1993/94 Second Division championship-winning team.
Parkinson was captain as the Royals were promoted from the Second Division in 2001/02, before taking his first managerial position with Colchester in February 2003.
Parkinson began his coaching career at Reading, and under then-Royals boss Pardew. When Pardew was hit with a three-match touchline ban pitch side duties fell to Parkinson.
Reading won all three games under his tenure and his presence was such that Pardew chose not to immediately return from the stands once his ban had ended.
Born on December 1st, 1967, Parkinson enjoyed a testimonial during his time at Reading.
He was also voted Reading's best ever central midfielder.