Sam Allardyce’s search for a new number two continues after Southend United manager Phil Brown revealed he has rejected the chance to team up with his former boss.
The pair worked together during a successful spell at Bolton Wanderers but Brown has revealed he won’t be joining Allardyce’s backroom team at the Stadium of Light.
Brown said: “The opportunity was put to me to go to Sunderland but, after talking with the chairman here, I’ve decided to stay at Southend.
“It was something I did think about for a couple of days and I was considering what would be best for me to do.
“But I still have ambitions I want to achieve at Southend and I also want to try and get to 1,000 games as a manager as well.
“That’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I’m not going to do it if I go and become an assistant somewhere,” Brown told the Southend Echo.
South Shields-born Brown, 56, guided Southend to promotion via the League Two play-offs last season.
Blackpool manager Neil McDonald has also been linked with the role after previously working as Allardyce’s assistant.
But he admitted there has been no contact from the Stadium of Light.
“There’s been no contact from Sunderland,” McDonald told reporters at his weekly press conference.
“I’m happy to continue as Blackpool manager.”