Report: Allardyce wants Phil Brown as his assistant at Sunderland

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

The new Sunderland boss has reportedly identified the 56-year-old as a prime target.

Among the list of Sam Allardyce favourites now linked with a move to Sunderland, Phil Brown's name is the latest to be tipped for the Stadium of Light, according to the Daily Mirror.

Indeed, Big Sam reportedly wants Brown to work with him at the Black Cats after their years of success together in the past.

The Mirror reports that the new Sunderland boss wants to prise Brown away from his current job as Southend manager.

Recipe for success or jobs for the boys?

Considering how long Brown served under Big Sam - and the degree of success they both enjoyed during their time at Bolton Wanderers - a reunion at Sunderland could well represent a match made in heaven.

But not if the motivation behind any move would simply be doing a mate a favour. That's putting it bluntly but that could well be the case. While Allardyce was out of work, Brown kept on singing his praises.

Now that he's in work, could he simply be rewarding a manager for having his back that is tired of working in the Football League?

Sunderland fans will no doubt hope Big Sam is only interested in hiring the 56-year-old based on his quality and experience - which could well work wonders.

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