Kevin Phillips has told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show on TalkSPORT, which was broadcast on 15th April, that Sam Allardyce remains the ideal man to get Sunderland out of the Championship if they do go down.
Sunderland are battling against the drop in the Premier League this season, but their survival hopes are getting weaker by the game.
The Black Cats are currently four points adrift of safety, with just six matches remaining, and relegation now looks a real possibility.
Phillips admits that there is a lot of work to be done at the Stadium of Light, but he believes that Allardyce is the right man to oversee the changes - regardless of whether he keeps them up this term or not.
“A lot of people would argue, like with Villa - are they best off going down and restructuring again? That’s the big question,” Phillips said.
“I think Big Sam would be the ideal guy to stay at the club. He’s got pedigree of bringing the club out of the Championship. But there’s a lot of work and there’s problems there. They need to be sorted and I believe if Sam was still in charge he would take full control of that.”
Sunderland’s future should look far more clear after this weekend’s fixtures have taken place, as they are due to meet 17th place Norwich City.
If the Black Cats can beat Alex Neil’s side they will reduce the gap to safety to just one point, but if they lose then their chances of staying up will be very slim.
Allardyce has never before been relegated during his managerial career, but Sunderland desperately need to start picking up some wins if he is to keep this record in-tact.