Kevin Phillips fears the appointment of James Young may “confuse things” at Sunderland.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Stadium of Light legend questioned whether the “positive news” would make a “big difference” on the pitch.

Sunderland announced on Wednesday that Young, who has worked with Saracens and Team GB during a highly-successful career, would oversee the club’s performance analysis.

Sporting director Kristjaan Speakman stressed the importance of the new appointment and said it would help the football department become “more effective and efficient”.

Phillips hailed new owner Kyril Louis-Dreyfus for “putting his mark” on the club.

“It is positive news,” he told Football Insider.

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“Will it really make a big difference? Let’s be honest, it is just someone sitting on the computer every day.

“From my experience, these people can come in and confuse things. It is another opinion added into the mix.

“It is positive though because it shows you that Sunderland are trying to do the right things.

“Louis-Dreyfus wants to put his mark on the club which is quite right. If he feels that is the way to do it, then great.


“Ultimately, it is about getting it right on the pitch and at the moment you cannot argue with it.

“Now is the time to start making little adjustments in the background. This is a sign that they are moving in the right direction which is great.”

In other news, Phillips expects Sunderland to be working behind the scenes to tie two senior stars down to a new deal after a major announcement.