Sunderland are looking for a new manager.
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.”
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?