Factfile: Kevin Phillips

Factfile: Kevin Phillips

Kevin Phillips has been appointed as South Shields’ first-team manager, with the 48-year-old bringing with him a wealth of experience in the game.

His career as a player was a hugely successful one and he has since seen his reputation further blossom in a coaching capacity.

As he now prepares for his first role as a manager, we take a closer look at the 48-year-old…

  • Kevin Phillips was born on July 25, 1973 in Hitchin, Hertfordshire
  • The first professional club he was affiliated to was Southampton. He spent six years with the Hampshire-based side as a schoolboy and then apprentice
  • Although he always considered himself a striker, Phillips was fielded as a right-back during his apprentice years at Southampton after being deemed not tall enough to play up-front
  • After being released by Southampton, he joined non-league side Baldock Town and it was there that he re-established himself as a striker in a three-year spell
  • Phillips’ exploits with Baldock earned him a move to Watford for a fee of £10,000, plus additional payments
  • He spent three years with the Vicarage Road club, where he demonstrated his eye for goal in the second and third tiers with 25 goals in 65 appearances
  • A fee of £325,000, rising to £600,000, saw him sign for Sunderland in 1997 and it is for his time with the Black Cats he is perhaps best known
  • Phillips scored 130 goals in 235 appearances for the Wearside outfit as he established himself as one of the most feared marksmen in the country
  • In his first season with Sunderland, he became the first player to score 30 goals in a campaign for the club since Brian Clough, and 25 more the following year helped his side win promotion to the Premier League
  • Phillips’ fairytale rise continued as he earned his first call-up to the England senior squad, with the first of his eight caps won in 1999
  • That’s also the year he made his first appearance in the top flight and he took the league by storm, winning the Golden Boot with 30 goals as his potent strike partnership with Niall Quinn delivered on the biggest stage
  • The tally also saw Phillips win the European Golden Shoe as the top scorer on the continent. He remains the only Englishman to achieve this feat
  • Phillips was named in England’s squad for Euro 2000 and his final appearance for his country came in 2002
  • Known as ‘Super Kev’, he broke Sunderland’s post-war goalscoring record and helped Peter Reid’s side to two seventh-placed finishes in the Premier League before departing for Southampton following the Black Cats’ relegation in 2003, for a fee of £3.25million
  • Phillips represented Southampton in the UEFA Cup and scored 22 league goals for the club across two seasons
  • He joined Aston Villa for £1million in 2005 but injuries disrupted his time at Villa Park and he later moved to West Bromwich Albion
  • Another golden spell followed, with Phillips netting 46 goals in 81 appearances across two seasons for the Championship club
  • He continued his goalscoring exploits the following campaign with Birmingham City, who he helped to promotion to the Premier League with 14 goals. He also won the League Cup during his time there
  • Phillips spent two seasons back in the top flight with Birmingham before switching to Blackpool, where the goals continued to flow, and he later had a spell with Crystal Palace
  • He scored the winning goal in the Championship play-off final for Palace aged 39 in 2013, earning the Eagles a place in the Premier League which they retain to this day
  • The striker ended his playing days with Leicester City in the 2013-14 season and was then appointed to the club’s coaching staff
  • He remained Leicester’s assistant first-team coach in their first campaign back in the Premier League before joining the backroom team at Derby County, where he added to his experience
  • A spell on Gary Rowett’s coaching staff at Stoke City followed between 2018 and 2019, and Phillips has also regularly provided his view on the game as a TV pundit

Many thanks to the Sunderland Echo for allowing us the use of the main image attached to this article.