Kevin Phillips appointed South Shields manager
South Shields Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Kevin Phillips as first-team manager.
Phillips is a renowned figure in the game having enjoyed a hugely successful playing career with clubs including Sunderland, Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion.
He has since established himself as a greatly respected coach, having held roles with Leicester City, Derby County and Stoke City, and is now ready for his first manager’s position.
Phillips will watch from the stands when the Mariners travel to Ashton United in the Pitching In Northern Premier League on Tuesday before taking training for the first time on Thursday.
The former England international striker will then oversee his first game as manager on Saturday as Shields take on Warrington Town away from home.
Phillips said: “I’m absolutely delighted to come on board having been given the opportunity to manage South Shields.
“This is my first taste of management so I’m eager to get going and I’m very, very excited.
“I’d like to thank Geoff Thompson for giving me this opportunity. I’m very grateful for it and am looking forward to working with Geoff and everyone connected with the club.
“The club is very ambitious and is an exciting place to be, which is demonstrated by the investment which has been made in the team and the facilities.
“I’m really looking forward to being part of it and hopefully helping the club move forwards.”
Phillips’ playing career arguably reached its height during his time with Sunderland between 1997 and 2003.
He scored 130 goals in 235 appearances for the Black Cats as he became revered as a club legend, and is the only Englishman to have won the European Golden Shoe, having netted 30 times in the Premier League in the 1999-2000 campaign.
That form helped to earn him eight senior caps for England, and he was part of Kevin Keegan’s squad for Euro 2000.
Phillips is now ready for the challenge ahead as he moves into management.
He added: “I’ve never been shy in saying I’d love a crack at management when the right opportunity arose, and Geoff completely sold this club to me.
“The club is in an area I know very well and have a great affection for, and coupled with that it has great ambition and a vision to grow.
“I’m licking my lips to be part of it.
“I want to win games and be successful, and I hope myself and the players will enjoy the ride together.
“It’s about winning football matches and trying to find a style that is exciting to watch, on the front foot and giving players the freedom to go and play.
“There’s a lot of hard work in front of us but it’s important to have an enjoyable environment in place so that the players come into work, enjoy what they do and get the most out of themselves.”
Club chairman Geoff Thompson said: “We are incredibly excited about the prospect of Kevin joining us and leading our first-team.
“His pedigree, background and experience in the game are substantial and I’m sure he’s going to make a massive impact on the club.
“I’m sure everyone connected to the club will join me in welcoming Kevin with open arms, and I very much look forward to working with him over the coming years.”
Phillips is due to meet members of the media on Thursday ahead of taking training for the first time.
A further announcement regarding his backroom team will be made at the earliest opportunity.
Many thanks to the Sunderland Echo for use of the main photograph attached to this article.