Aston Villa's promotion hopes suffered a huge blow over this past week following back-to-back defeats.
Wolverhampton Wanderers are currently 13 points clear of Aston Villa in the Championship table.
Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips remains the only Englishman in history to win the European Golden Shoe award, something Harry Kane is yet to achieve.
West Bromwich Albion were second best against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
Sunderland are currently sat in 23rd place in the Championship table.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have been magnificent so far this season.
The Aston Villa winger was substituted after just 40 minutes against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have earned plaudits for their impressive start to the season.
The Derby County coach is among the favourites for the Sunderland position.
Kevin Phillips knows Rangers striker Joe Dodoo from his time at Leicester City - and should consider a reunion at Sunderland.