By Kevin Phillips

3rd Dec, 2020 | 5:37pm

'I've heard...' - Exclusive: Kevin Phillips on three managers in running for Sunderland job

Sunderland will look to employ a “pedigree” manager who has gained promotion to the Championship with a previous club.

That is according to Stadium of Light legend Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs about the vacant position on Wearside following the sacking of Phil Parkinson on Sunday.

This site revealed yesterday that former Bristol City manager Lee Johnson, who has been out of work since July, is a leading contender for the job.

Danny Cowley is the bookmakers’ current favourite after the former Huddersfield and Lincoln City boss publicly revealed his interest on Tuesday.

The Black Cats currently sit seventh in League One and will be hopeful of bettering that position with three points against bottom-of-the-table Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on the vacant position at the Stadium of Light, Phillips said:

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“Any manager who has taken a club from a lower-league up to the Championship is going to be considered, of course.

“The Cowley brothers are up there as well given what they did at Lincoln. I know they struggled at Huddersfield but they did very well with Lincoln in League One.

“I’ve heard Lee Johnson is a fantastic coach and I am not surprised to hear his name. He is not in work so the club would not need to pay any compensation and that may suit them financially.

“Paul Cook is another one because he did an excellent job at Wigan.

“I am sure the club will want someone with a bit of pedigree. Someone who has taken a team out of the lower leagues.”  

In other Sunderland news, Kristjaan Speakman’s role in manager hunt can be REVEALED.