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‘We were really disappointed’ – Kevin Phillips reveals his one regret in time with Sunderland

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It’s safe to say that Kevin Phillips is a firm fans favourite in his time with Sunderland, and it’s clear to see why. 

The former Black Cats forward hit 92 goals in 263 appearances in the Premier League, before moving to Southampton after Sunderland were relegated into the Championship in the 2002/03 season.

The 1990/00 season was a campaign which certainly caught the eye for Sunderland, as Phillips hit 30 goals to finish with the Premier League’s Golden Boot and the European Golden Shoe.

Sunderland finished seventh in that season and just outside of the top-six on goal difference, which made their demise in the later years even more frustrating for the club’s supporters.

Speaking on Davy Jones’ Lockeroom, Phillips revealed that his biggest regret in his time with Sunderland, was not having the opportunity represent them in European competitions.

“We were gutted come the end of the season not to finish sixth and get into Europe.

“Once we had secured Premier League safety you start thinking it was achievable. To have had the season we had, we didn’t just want to rest on our laurels.”

The former England forward expressed his disappointment at not finishing inside the top-six, and stated that the whole squad believed they could challenge for European football in future seasons.

“We were really disappointed. We all had the belief that if we made another couple of quality signings we could have another go next season and we did.

“But again that first season it would have been incredible, certainly for myself, to cap the season I played for England, won the two Golden Boots, to then play in Europe would have capped an incredible season.”

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What a player he was for Sunderland.

Phillips’ goal record for the Black Cats speaks for itself, and he’s a player that will be held in high regard for the foreseeable future at The Stadium of Light.

They could certainly benefit from having a striker of his quality in their side nowadays, as they’re struggling for goals from their strikers in League One at this moment in time.


Editorial Assistant at Snack Media, writing for Football League World on a regular basis! Sports Journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University.

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