Kevin Phillips ‘early frontrunner to become Sunderland manager’

Kevin Phillips ’emerges as early frontrunner to become Sunderland manager’ following sacking of Jack Ross with club sixth in League One

  • Jack Ross was sacked following Sunderland’s loss to Lincoln City on Saturday
  • Black Cats sit sixth in the League One table, eight points off leaders Ipswich
  • It came after they lost to Charlton in last season’s play-off final at Wembley
  • Phillips has emerged as one of the potential names in the frame to replace Ross
  • Former striker scored 130 goals in 235 matches for the club from 1997-2003 

Club legend Kevin Phillips ‘is the early frontrunner to replace Jack Ross as Sunderland manager.’

Phillips, 46, scored 130 goals in 235 matches for the club between 1997 and 2003, including 30 in their first Premier League season in 1999-2000.

He has served as assistant coach to Paul Clement at Derby County and most recently worked as first-team coach to Gary Rowett at Stoke City.

Club legend Kevin Phillips ‘is an early frontrunner for the vacant Sunderland manager’s job’

The former striker scored 130 goals in 235 matches in a fine career for Sunderland 

Phillips has made no secret of his desire to break into management and, according to the Daily Star, is one of the names in the frame to take over at the Stadium of Light.

He could work alongside his former Black Cats team-mate Alex Rae, who has managerial experience from Dundee and St Mirren.

Ross was sacked in the wake of Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Lincoln City, the latest poor result in an inconsistent start to the season that sees Sunderland sixth in the League One table.

They are already eight points behind promotion favourites and leaders Ipswich Town, who remain unbeaten.

Phillips won the Premier League Golden Boot after scoring 30 goals in the 1999-2000 season

Scottish coach Ross led Sunderland to the Play-off final last season, only to lose to Charlton Athletic, having lost on penalties to Portsmouth in the Checkatrade Trophy final at Wembley two months earlier.

His dismissal comes amid fan discontent with chairman Stewart Donald, whose bid to sell the club to an American consortium has faltered.

The new manager would be Sunderland’s 11th in the past decade.


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