Phil Brown appears to have played down suggestions that he could enjoy a reunion with new Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce at the Stadium of Light.
South Shields-born Brown has been one of a number of names linked with the role as Allardyce’s new assistant at Sunderland, with the 60-year-old due to formally begin work on Wearside on Monday
Southend manager Brown was Allardyce’s number two at Bolton for six years where he helped to transform the fortunes of the club and establish them in the Premier League.
And that has prompted reports that Allardyce could attempt to lure boyhood Sunderland fan Brown from Roots Hall to form part of his new backroom team.
But Brown, who last week told the Echo that Allardyce was the “outstanding” candidate for the job, dampened down that speculation after Southend’s 1-0 win over Port Vale today.
“Yes there will be speculation. Sunderland are my home-town team but I’m Southend United manager, end of story,” Brown told the Southend Echo.
The likes of ex-Sunderland boss Peter Reid and Neil McDonald - who was Allardyce’s assistant in his last job at West Ham - have also been linked with the role.
Ex-Newcastle United man McDonald took the reins at League One Blackpool during the summer and was at Fleetwood Town’s clash against Coventry for a scouting mission today, with the Tangerines facing the latter next weekend.