Sunderland hero Kevin Phillips says he would love to become the club’s new manager as they seek a replacement for Jack Ross.
Phillips has emerged as the favourite for the job at the Stadium of Light, where he is adored by the Black Cats faithful.
And the former striker, who scored 130 goals in six years on Wearside, admits he would snap up the opportunity to return as a coach.
“Yeah, of course I would! I’m not going to stand here and lie to you,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“Every time I’ve been asked the question, the job’s come up and I’ve been linked, of course I’d be interested.
“I’d be daft not to. There are pluses and minuses involved in taking the job, when you’ve done so well at a club.
“But ultimately I’ve always said that I’d love to have a crack at management and go back to that club one day.
“So, if it’s to happen at this point, great. If it doesn’t, then maybe somewhere down the line it may happen.
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“But yeah, of course I’m interested.”
The Sunderland job has proved to be a poisoned chalice in recent years, with the League One club working their way through 12 managers in the last six years.
And despite the obvious risk of taking on such a challenge for his first managerial role, Phillips is desperate to return the club to their former glory.
“It needs someone to go in there and get that place going,” he added.” “It’s an amazing place to place football.
“Someone’s got to find a way to win football matches and just get out of League One.”
The Black Cats sacked Ross following an indifferent start to the season, which sees them currently in sixth place after 11 games.
“I feel sorry for Jack Ross,” Phillips said.
“He didn’t just have a job to do on the field, he had a lot of stuff to deal with off the pitch.”