Speaking to the Daily Mail, Kevin Phillips has outlined his desire to see Sunderland find some consistency, with that the only way his former club will find success.
The Leicester coach said: “For Sunderland to be a success they need to put someone in place for four or five years and then stick with them. That’s the way forward. I think they’ll be fine this year, they’ll regroup in the summer, get their recruitment right and then look to push on next year.
“They’ve shown they’ve got good players, but they just need some consistency and that starts from the manager down.”
Finding consistency has been incredibly hard for the Black Cats in recent years, with a wave of mangers in and out the door at ridiculous speed.
Since Martin O’Neill left the club in 2013, three managers have been appointed at the Stadium of Light, with Paolo Di Canio overseeing just 13 games, Gus Poyet taking charge on 69, and Dick Advocaat currently leading the team.
These constant changes have meant there has been absolutely no continuity at the club, and no chance for growth with changes happening every summer.
Once again, at the end of this season, it is unknown whether a new manager will arrive at the club, with Advocaat’s contract only until the summer.
If he leaves the club, they will be on the look out for a new coach once again, and that means more change. However, this also means that there is a chance the club will appoint the coach who can become their long-term fix, finally bringing consistency to the Stadium of Light.