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Kevin Phillips has declared his interest in becoming the new West Brom Under-23s manager.

Phillips, 46, has not been involved in coaching since leaving Stoke last January and he has already told West Brom News that he would jump at the chance to get himself back on the training ground somewhere.

Albion have not had a full-time Under-23s manager since Michael Appleton left The Hawthorns to take charge at Lincoln City in September with Deon Burton taking temporary charge since.

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Burton’s done well managing Albion’s Under-23s but Luke Dowling revealed in March, just before lockdown began, that the club is conducting interviews and plan to hire a permanent boss by the end of the season.

Phillips has now thrown his hat into the ring to return to The Hawthorns and take charge of Albion’s Under-23s.

“That has been mentioned to me before so maybe it is something I might look at,” the former Baggies and England striker exclusively told West Brom News.

“I would definitely be interested in that, of course.”

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Phillips has a decent level of coaching experience having held backroom roles at Leicester, Derby and Stoke while little needs to be said about his CV as a player.

Albion fans know all too well how good a forward Phillips was and he and James Morrison could make quite the team in charge of the Under-23s.

In other West Brom news, Romelu Lukaku and Ben Foster have paid tribute to Chris Brunt on Twitter.

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