Sunderland expect to make an imminent appointment as Sam Allardyce’s new assistant, but it will NOT be ex-Black Cats boss Peter Reid.
Allardyce is looking to make one addition to his backroom team after taking charge at the Stadium of Light, with the new Sunderland manager still without a number two.
Sunderland are hopeful that an appointment will be finalised prior to Allardyce’s first game in charge at West Brom on Saturday, with several potential names linked with the position over recent days.
One of them has been Reid, who is good friends with Allardyce and included him in his backroom team during his successful seven-year spell in charge of Sunderland.
However, it is understood that Reid is not among the names in the frame, despite reports to the contrary.
South Shields-born Southend boss Phil Brown and Blackpool manager Neil McDonald have also been linked with the role after previously working as Allardyce’s assistant.
Southend insist they have received no approach from Sunderland, but McDonald could resume his double-act with Allardyce if he wanted to leave Blackpool.