Southend United boss Phil Brown says it is “flattering” to have been linked with the assistant manager’s job at Sunderland.
Sam Allardyce is reportedly keen on a reunion with Brown, who he previously worked alongside Blackpool and Bolton, having been confirmed as the new Sunderland manager on Friday.
However, despite being a lifelong Sunderland fan, Brown has suggested he wants to stay in charge of a team he led to League One via the play-offs last season.
Following a 1-0 home victory over Port Vale on Saturday, Brown told talkSPORT: “It’s flattering when you get involved in media talk and a little bit of speculation with regards to moving.
“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.”