Kevin Phillips

Where is Kevin Phillips now?

A prolific striker at every club he played for, Kevin Phillips finally retired from playing at the age of 40 after winning the Championship and promotion to the Premier League at the end of the 2013-14 season with Leicester City.

He also won promotions to the Premier League with Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion, Birmingham City and Crystal Palace.

Arguably best known for his goalscoring exploits in the North-East with Sunderland, Phillips remains the only English player to win the European Golden Shoe for his 30 goals for the Mackems in 1999-2000.

This form led to an international call-up by England and he represented the national side on eight occasions between 1999 and 2002 but he failed to find the scoresheet in any of these games.
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Upon retiring from playing, Phillips stayed on at Leicester City as assistant first team coach until 2015 when he left to join Derby County as Paul Clement’s assistant.

When Clement was sacked by Derby and replaced by Nigel Pearson, Phillips stayed on in his role having worked with him before at Leicester City.

He continued to work as a coach at Pride Park under Steve McLaren (who replaced Pearson in 2016) and then Gary Rowett until the latter moved to Stoke City.

Following Rowett to the Potters in June 2018 as first-team coach, Phillips immediate remit was to improve the team’s close-range finishing but unfortunately results didn’t go as planned on the pitch and the pair were sacked in January 2019 with the team 14th in the Championship having won only eight of their 26 league fixtures.

In 2020 Phillips took part in the second series of ‘Harry Heroes which saw a group of former England players travel to Germany to play some of their ex-internationals in a grudge match. The Three Lions were victorious with a 1-0 victory against a team containing German legends such as Thomas Hassler and Steffen Freund.

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Kevin Phillips: Premier League Statistics

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Premier League Teams Played forAston Villa, Birmingham City, Crystal Palace, Southampton, Sunderland

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