Simon Grayson looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Sunderland at Griffin Park.
Phil Brown is unlikely to be high on most Sunderland fans' wish list when it comes to finding a successor as manager for the sacked Simon Grayson.
Grayson was dismissed from his position on Tuesday (October 31) following the 3-3 draw at home to bottom-placed Bolton Wanderers in the Championship.
Since then several names have been linked with the vacant position and Brown, who is currently in charge of Southend United and is from South Shields, has thrown his hat into the ring.
Southend United manager Phil Brown looks on during the Sky Bet League One match against Northampton Town.
"Sunderland are my football club and being the manager of Sunderland would be my dream job because of that," the 58-year-old told the Basildon, Canvey and Southend Echo.
"I have supported Sunderland for more than 50 years and would go and watch them when I was a kid with a black, red and white scarf tied round my wrist like everyone seemed to do back then. I have fond memories of that time and it's a very big club.
"But for whatever reason they’re going through a torrid time at the moment and it's not very nice to see."
Sunderland fans look on as players warm up ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match against Derby County.
The prospect of appointing a League One boss may not fill Black Cats supporters with a huge amount of enthusiasm, but when taking a look back at Brown's career in the dugout to date, would he be such a bad choice?
The former defender's first foray into management with Derby County lasted just seven months, but then with Hull City he was a real success.
After taking the Tigers out of the relegation zone as caretaker, the following season they earned promotion to the Premier League via the playoffs under Brown's guidance and the next term he kept them in the top flight.
A less successful and short-lived stint with Preston North End followed, but since 2013 Sam Allardyce's former assistant at Bolton has been with Southend, leading them to promotion from League Two in 2015 and the brink of the League One playoffs in 2016/17.
This campaign has also started strongly for Brown's side and with a proven track record and experience of keeping teams in the Championship, could a return to Wearside actually be a shrewd move?