Derby County coach Kevin Phillips wants to become the new Sunderland manager according to a report from The Mirror.

The Black Cats are currently on the look out for a new boss after David Moyes decided to resign as their head coach following their relegation from the Premier League. It is set to be a very tough job as Sunderland will be wanting to return to the Premier League as soon as possible the chance of becoming a hero to the incredibly passionate fanbase in Teesside will be a great lure.

And one man who wants the job is Phillips, a legend of the Stadium of Light. He played for Sunderland between 1997 and 2003 and was dubbed as SuperKev for his goalscoring exploits. He would end up scoring 113 goals in 208 appearances, getting the Golden Boot in the 1999/00 season as well, the last Englishman to get the honour before Harry Kane came along.

In recent years, Phillips has been moving into coaching. He was the assistant first team coach for Leicester City following his retirement and he moved onto Derby in 2015 when Paul Clement was appointed as their head coach. He has stayed at the iPro Stadium despite the large number of managers to have been and gone but now he fancies a crack at the big job himself.

Phillips still loves Sunderland from his time there and has said in the past he would like to return to the club. And he is looking to step up and become their new manager so he can guide them back to the Premier League and enhance his legend status.


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