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RECAP & RUMOURS: Stadium of Light legend IS NOT in the running for the Sunderland manager’s job

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Kevin Phillips is not the top target of our new owners to become Sunderland’s next permanent manager.

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We’re here just to bust a bit of a myth.

Reports last night in the national media - first touted courtesy of the Sun’s Alan Nixon - claimed that “owner-in-waiting Stewart Donald plans to make the popular appointment and bring one-time goal machine Phillips home to the Stadium of Light”, but information today has reached us that this just isn’t the case.

The rumour was dismissed as “pie in the sky” to us, though whether that news particularly disappoints Sunderland supporters I’m not quite sure.

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Whilst Phillips is undoubtedly a hero to the people of Wearside, he’s yet to make his mark in management and is apparently very settled in the Midlands, and with the club facing the most crucial period in its history its of paramount importance that the process that occurs in order to find Chris Coleman’s replacement.

We’re told that whilst the Welshman’s departure was prompt, part of the sale also included that Short paid up Coleman’s deal, and so as such no man is lined up to take over straight away.

In fact, until the EFL process has been completed and the takeover officially occurs, it’s unlikely that Sunderland’s new owners will do anything, never mind appoint a new manager.

So yes - move along, nothing else to see here.