Kevin Phillips wants to become new Sunderland manager

Leicester City coach Kevin Philips during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Leicester City at the Stadium of Light on May 16, 2015 in Sunderland, England.

Sunderland are looking for a new manager.

Leicester City coach Kevin Philips during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Leicester City at the Stadium of Light on May 16, 2015 in Sunderland, England.

Kevin Phillips has told talkSPORT that he is interested in becoming the new manager of Sunderland.

Sunderland are on the hunt for a new manager following the recent departure of Jack Ross.

The Black Cats are sixth in the League One table at the moment with 19 points from 11 matches, eight points behind leaders Ipswich Town and four points behind second-placed Wycombe Wanderers.

Sunderland legend Phillips has said that he is interested in becoming the new manager of the English club.

Phillips said on talkSPORT if he would be interested in becoming the Sunderland manager: “Yeah, of course I would! I’m not going to stand here and lie to you.

“Every time I’ve been asked the question, the job’s come up and I’ve been linked, of course I’d be interested.

“I’d be daft not to. There are pluses and minuses involved in taking the job, when you’ve done so well at a club.

“But ultimately I’ve always said that I’d love to have a crack at management and go back to that club one day.”

Kevin Phillips of Birmingham City is tackled by John Mensah of Sunderland (L) during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Birmingham City at the Stadium of Light on...

Risky appointment for Sunderland?

Phillips is a Sunderland legend and is very popular among the Stadium of Light faithful, but he would be a risky managerial appointment for the Black Cats.

True, the 46-year-old has coaching experience at Leicester City, Derby County and Stoke City, but the former England international has not been a manager.

Of course, there are loads of examples of former players being very successful in their first managerial job, but can Sunderland take that risk with Phillips as they are still in a very good chance of finishing in the top two of the League One table this season?

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,...

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