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