Gray and Phillips were teammates for six years at Sunderland.
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.
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...
Mate as much as we love kev it’s not the time to be fucking about with risky appointments.... I’d rather he didn’t ruin his legacy here and we had a manager who got us out this division this season thanks....— Nick (@nicholaswilso11) October 8, 2019
Based on? Way down the list, doubt he's even on it!— DanPatrick (@dpgroves6) October 8, 2019
Stop it Michael— Jonny Holland (@DutchyJH) October 8, 2019
Don’t be so daft!— Neil Grieves (@notch_32) October 8, 2019
Give owa— Mark Dugdale (@DuggaVIII) October 8, 2019
Clueless.— michael carroll (@_Shakes_22) October 8, 2019
Based on what? The fact he scored goals for us 20 years ago? Nah, sorry Micky, don't see that one working— Gavin Frater (@njmackem) October 8, 2019
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