Phillips joined Pools as Head Coach in January 2024, assisted by Lennie Lawrence and Antony Sweeney.
With an illustrious playing career, Phillips made over 600 senior career appearances and won five promotions to the Premier League. He also represented England eight times.
Most notably, the forward scored 130 goals in 235 games during a six-year spell with Sunderland. He became the only Englishman to win the European Golden Shoe, and also won the Premier League Golden Boot and Player of the Year awards in 2000.
Phillips also enjoyed playing time with the likes of Watford, Southampton, West Brom, Birmingham City and Crystal Palace.
After hanging his boots up in 2014, Phillips moved onto the touchline with equal ambition for his coaching and managerial career. He held senior coaching positions at Leicester City, Derby County and Stoke City as he continued to gain experience in the top two flights of English football.
The 50-year-old was then named manager of South Shields in January 2022 and guided the Mariners to a play-off finish in the Northern Premier League Premier Division during his first campaign.
Last season, Phillips led South Shields to the Northern Premier League title with two games to spare. His win ratio during his time in charge of the club was an impressive 58%.