Brown flattered by Sunderland No.2 speculation

Date published: Saturday 10th October 2015 6:52

Phil Brown: Southend manager linked with Sunderland role

Phil Brown: Southend manager turns down Sunderland role

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.”

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