Report: Kevin Phillips tells friends he wants the Sunderland job

Kevin Phillips assistant head coach

Sunderland boss Jack Ross lost his job at the Stadium of Light yesterday.

Kevin Phillips assistant coach at Derby County looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Burton Albion at iPro Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Derby, England.

According to the Daily Star, Kevin Phillips has told his friends that he wants the Sunderland job.

Jack Ross parted company with Sunderland yesterday, after what has been a disappointing start to the campaign.

Sunderland are currently sat in the play off spots, but their long-standing problems did not appear to have been solved.

The Black Cats were beaten 2-0 by Lincoln City in Ross’s last game, and that ultimately proved to be the final straw.

 

Sunderland are now looking for a new boss, and Phillips is eager to have a chance to manage the club he used to play for.

Phillips has been working as a coach at Derby County, but has reportedly said to people close to him that he would be keen to take over at Sunderland.

Kevin Phillips assistant head coach

The 46-year-old is a Black Cats legend from his time there as a player, but his appointment would still be a risk.

Phillips is yet to take a managerial role, so starting at Sunderland would throw him into a really pressurised environment.

Sunderland are currently in sixth place in the League One table, and by sacking Ross they have clearly sent out a statement that the target is automatic promotion this term.

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