Kevin Phillips issues Sunderland warning after Louis-Dreyfus takeover
Kevin Phillips has insisted Sunderland should plan no further than the end of this season despite Kyle Louis-Dreyfus’ takeover of the club.
The Stadium of Light legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the Championship and Premier League should be distant thoughts and the only target should be getting out of League One.
The club announced on Thursday that the EFL had approved Louie-Dreyfus’ takeover of the Black Cats, with the French billionaire-heir becoming chairman with immediate effect.
📰 Sunderland AFC today received approval from the @EFL for Kyril Louis-Dreyfus to acquire a controlling interest in the club, signalling the start of a new era on Wearside.
Louis-Dreyfus also becomes the club’s new Chairman with immediate effect.
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) February 18, 2021
A 3-0 win at Burton Albion on Saturday strengthened Sunderland’s promotion hopes, with the League One side now sixth in the table.
However, Phillips wants expectations to be managed at the Stadium of Light despite the club’s recent upturn in form and the takeover.
“Louis-Dreyfus will have a plan of where he wants the club to be in five years but it is very easy to set targets but actions speak louder than words,” he told Football Insider.
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“I would not be getting too carried away. A plan is great but it is about the here and now. Sunderland have to create a team that can get out of this league. Worry about the Championship afterwards.
“This is the third season in League One now. You can plan to be back in the Premier League in five years, but any club can say that. The only plan should be one that get’s the club out of League One. Worry about the Championship when you are in it. Take it step by step.
“We have to be careful, we cannot get carried away. If they go up this year it would be a great bonus because Louis-Dreyfus can put his hand in his pocket and make them stronger for next year. It is a case of not looking any further than this season.”