Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce wants to bring in Peter Reid as his assistant, according to The Mirror.
Former Newcastle United and West Ham United manager Allardyce was appointed the new Sunderland boss last week.
Reid was in charge of the Black Cats from 1995 to 2002, during which time he took the Englishman on as a coach for a brief spell.
Reid is not the only man Allardyce reportedly has in mind to bring into his backroom staff at Sunderland.
According to The Mirror, the 60-year-old could reunite with Martyn Glover, who worked with him at West Ham as his head of recruitment and holds a similar position at Championship side Leeds United.
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.