Danny Higginbotham picks who he wants to manage Sunderland

Danny Higginbotham of Gibraltar in action during the international friendly match between Gibraltar and Slovakia at Estadio do Alagarve on November 19, 2013 in Faro, Portugal.

Sunderland are still looking to find a replacement for Simon Grayson.

Kevin Phillips one of the Leicester City coaches during the pre season friendly match between Mansfield Town and Leicester City at the One Call Stadium on July 25, 2015 in Mansfield,...

Danny Higginbotham has told the Sunderland Echo that Kevin Phillips should come in at Sunderland alongside Peter Reid.

Higginbotham feels that Sunderland should look to appoint a youthful manager, as they aim to get out of trouble.

And the former Black Cats defender feels that if Phillips teams up with Reid at the Stadium of Light then they could be a successful partnership.

Peter Reid, part of the Bolton coaching staff during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Bolton Wanderers at the iPro Stadium on April 09, 2016 in Derby, United Kingdom.

“Imagine the uplift if you had someone like Peter Reid there to oversee someone like Kevin Phillips, a young manager who wants a crack at it," he said. 

“What’s important is that the manager who comes in gets the fans on side. It is a big appointment, simple as that.”

Phillips and Reid certainly know Sunderland well, and would be keen to take the club back to more successful times.

Sunderland have been starved of success in recent years, and this season has been a complete disaster.

A general view of the stadium as players warm up ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Derby County at Stadium of Light on August 4, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

The Black Cats are currently sat at the bottom of the Championship table, with just one league win to their name all campaign.

There are now genuine concerns that Sunderland could suffer back-to-back relegations, unless they get their next managerial appointment spot on.

At the moment Aitor Karanka and Paul Heckingbottom are the bookies’ favourites to take over at the Stadium of Light.

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