Kevin Phillips has claimed two-times promotion winner Nigel Pearson would be the ideal new Sunderland manager – and claimed he would be keen on the job.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the Black Cats legend is in no doubt that Pearson has the best credentials of potential candidates.
Danny Cowley is the bookmakers’ current favourite after publicly revealing his interest on Tuesday, while this site revealed that former Bristol City manager Lee Johnson is a leading contender for the job.
Phillips suggested that Pearson, 57, would be an even better manager to take over the reins.
The former England striker was managed by Pearson when he was at Leicester City and then joined his coaching staff when he hung up his boots.
“I said last time that I was dead keen on linking up with Nigel, if that was to be the case,” Phillips told Football Insider.
“I cannot speak for him but I think he would be interested in the Sunderland job. It is a huge job. He did a wonderful job with Leicester when they were in the lower leagues.
“He has a history of doing it at Hull as well. He has more experience than all of the other candidates put together.
“Naturally, I think he would be a fantastic appointment. He is a no-nonsense manager. He would go in and iron out any problems in the dressing room and he can deal with the board.
“It would just come down to whether the owners want that kind of manager at the football club. I would love to see him there.”
The Black Cats sit seventh in League One ahead of their clash against bottom-of-the-table Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
Phil Parkinson was sacked as manager last Sunday at a time when the club are in the final stages of a takeover.