Phillips hails Holloway’s backing

Kevin Phillips celebrates his equalising goal
Kevin Phillips celebrates his equalising goal

KEVIN Phillips says he feels like a new man because he’s got a manager who believes in him ... and doesn’t care how old he is.

Phillips struck at the double – his second an absolute beauty – to secure a 2-2 draw at Brighton, then revealed why he turned the Seagulls down to join Pool.

And after spending the last two years on the sidelines at Birmingham, the 38-year-old paid tribute to Ian Holloway for giving him a new lease of life.

Phillips said: “It is great to have a manager who will pick you and wants you to lead the line. I don’t feel like I’ve had that for two years.

“That isn’t having a dig at anyone, but at Birmingham I believed I could play regularly. The manager chose not to play me.

“I had to be certain that wherever I went I was going to play a lot more than I had in the last two years.

“Ian Holloway wanted me to come and he wanted me to play. I have shown him that I have got the fitness to finish games.

“I feel strong towards the end of games, so age is no concern.

“I’ve heard the gaffer reckons I can play into my 40s! Let’s just get this season out of the way first and see how I feel.

“But I can’t speak highly enough of the manager. He brought me to the club and I am now playing for a manager who trusts me.

“To have finished three games in a week and scored four goals, I am just delighted with that.”