Southend United manager Phil Brown has told talkSPORT that he is not interested in joining Sam Allardyce at Sunderland.
According to The Mirror, newly-appointed Sunderland manager Allardyce wants Brown to become his assistant.
The pair have worked together on two previous occasions, with Brown working as Allardyce’s assistant first at Blackpool and then at Bolton Wanderers.
However, the former Hull City manager has said that he is happy at Southend and is not looking to move to Sunderland in any capacity.
“It’s flattering when you get involved in media talk and a little bit of speculation with regards to moving,” Brown told talkSPORT. “But I started this job two-and-a-half years ago and I’m still here.
“We’re certainly in a better position than where we were as a football club when I first arrived and, as you could see today, the team is certainly playing football for me. So long may that continue.”
Sunderland are second from bottom in the Premier League table at the moment with just three points from eight matches.
The Black Cats will return to league action next weekend when they take on West Bromwich Albion away from home at The Hawthorns.
Sunderland have scored just eight goals in the Premier League so far this season and have conceded as many as 18 times.