Kevin Phillips pauses for thought. FFT has just asked him what he thinks makes a great manager. “It’s clarity,” he replies. “It’s being able to get your message across as simply as possible.”
Phillips’ opinion is a valuable one. He played under 22 different coaches in a 23-year playing career. The former striker is now a member of Derby County’s backroom staff having also spent a brief period working under Claudio Ranieri at Leicester City.