Sunderland fans react after Michael Gray calls for Kevin Phillips as next Mackems manager

Former Sunderland player Michael Gray is seen on the stand prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St James' Park on May 15, 2016 in...

Gray and Phillips were teammates for six years at Sunderland.

Former Sunderland player Michael Gray is seen on the stand prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St James' Park on May 15, 2016 in...

The former Sunderland left-back Michael Gray wants Kevin Phillips to return as Mackems manager.

Gray and Phillips were teammates for six years at Sunderland, who sacked Jack Ross on Tuesday.

 

Mackems fans on Twitter are already putting forward recommendations for the Scot's successor, with the recently-departed Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel a popular choice.

But shortly after Ross's exit was announced by the League One side, Sunderland-born Gray tweeted the following...

Phillips has never held a senior management role, but does have considerable experience as an assistant.

The 46-year-old was number two to Nigel Pearson (Leicester City and Derby County), Paul Clement, Steve McClaren (both Derby) and Gary Rowett (Derby and Stoke City), but has remained out of work since the latter was sacked by the Potters in January.

Kevin Phillips assistant head coach

Despite Phillips' hero status at the Stadium of Light, it seems few Sunderland fans are on board with Gray's suggestion.

This is how they are responding on Twitter...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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