It has been another busy day on Wearside with developments over who will - or won’t be - Sam Allardyce’s new number two dominating the headlines.
Southend United boss Phil Brown has rejected the chance to meet up with his former boss, with South Shields-born Brown happy to stay at Roots Hall instead.
Brown has been speaking this morning about turning down the chance.
He 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 leaves Allardyce with a bit of a conundrum as Blackpool boss Neil McDonald has also revealed he hasn’t been contacted by Sunderland.
McDonald was one of Allardyce’s assistants at West Ham United. Steve Round is the leading contender to join Big Sam at the Stadium of Light.
Allardyce’s autobiography hits the shelves later this month with national papers serialising extracts.
And today Big Sam says his former West Ham striker, Andy Carroll, “treats life a bit too casually.”
In an exclusive serialisation in The Sun, Allardyce said: “Andy could be an even better player if he pushed himself and put the work in.
“He needs to be more responsible and realise that a football career passes in the blink of an eye.
“He treats life a bit too casually. He also gets himself into situations off the pitch which a manager can do without - and so can he.
“He doesn’t really like watching football and isn’t interested in the history of the game. But, when fit, he should be England’s regular centre-forward.”
And finally, Allardyce is sweating over the fitness of Ola Toivonen - with the on-loan Rennes midfielder a major doubt for West Brom away on Saturday.