Sunderland legend leaves Leicester City for new role at Derby County

Sunderland legend Kevin Phillips has secured a new role at Championship side Derby County

Sunderland legend Kevin Phillips has secured a new role at Championship side Derby County

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Sunderland legend Kevin Phillips has secured a new job - leaving Leicester City to take up a coaching role at Derby County.

Derby boss Paul Clement has added the former Sunderland, Southampton and England striker to his staff, with Phillips joining the Rams as an assistant coach.

Phillips was a first team coach at Leicester, first under Nigel Pearson and more recently under Claudio Ranieri.

“Yes, Leicester are second in the Premier League, but this is the right move for me and it’s been made clear to me I’ll have a hands-on role and input,” said Phillips.

“It appealed to me and I can’t wait to learn from one of the top coaches in Europe.

“It will be a learning curve and hopefully we can move forward in the right direction,” he told the club website.

Phillips’ professional playing career began in 1994, when he joined First Division Watford from Baldock Town before, after three years at Vicarage Road, he joined Sunderland in 1997.

He scored 35 times in 48 appearances in his first season with the Black Cats, followed by 25 in 32 outings as he helped fire Sunderland to the top flight in 1998/99.

He scored 30 goals in 36 league appearances in the 1999-2000 campaign in the Premier League and, as a result, became the first Englishman to receive the European Golden Shoe, as well as the Premiership Golden Boot and Player of the Season Awards, securing his place as a club legend.