By Kevin Phillips

24th Feb, 2020 | 6:12pm

Exclusive: Phillips reacts to what he heard at Sunderland on Saturday - 'Always a good sign'

Kevin Phillips has lauded Phil Parkinson for the way in which he has won over the Sunderland fans after a difficult start at the Stadium of Light.

The Wearside legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed “he must be doing something right” after the manager’s name rang around the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

The Black Cats ran out 3-0 winners at home to Bristol Rovers at the weekend to make it four wins on the bounce.

Parkinson‘s side now sit fourth in League One, three points off top-of-the-table Rotherham.

When asked whether the former Bradford City head coach has brought the feel-good factor back to the Stadium of Light, Phillips told Football Insider: “When the crowd sings your name you know you are doing something right. It is always a good sign.

“Let us not forget it was not that long ago that he had come in and was under pressure straight away. There were a lot of supporters who did not have him as their number one choice.

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“Phil has shown what a good manager he is because he has turned it around. He has found a team and a system that suits the league, the players and stuck with it. You can tell in his body language that he is in a good place.

“They have every opportunity of going up automatically but the experience Phil has got he will not let the players get carried away. We all know in that league anything can happen so it is important they keep their feet on the ground.”

One of the notable differences since the Englishman took over in October has been the improvement defensively, the Black Cats keeping eight clean sheets in their last nine games.

Parkinson led Bolton Wanderers back to the Championship in 2017 and the Mackems will be hoping he can continue his good work and repeat that feat this season.

In other Sunderland news, Kevin Phillips has told Football Insider 31-year-old can achieve ‘God-like’ status amongst fans if he continues to perform.