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Exclusive – ‘Flattered’ Phil Brown plays down Sunderland links

first_imgSouthend United manager Phil Brown has brushed aside links with a coaching role at Sunderland, telling talkSPORT he is ‘flattered’ by the speculation.Reports on Saturday suggested newly appointed Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce wants the former Hull chief to be his number two at the Stadium of Light.Allardyce was confirmed as the new Sunderland manager on Friday, signing a two-year deal at the club following Dick Advocaat’s departure last week.The pair have worked together on two previous occasions, with Brown operating as Allardyce’s assistant first at Blackpool and then in a six-year spell at Bolton Wanderers.Allardyce is reportedly keen to reignite the partnership with South Shields-born Brown – a lifelong Sunderland fan.But, after leading Southend to promotion to League One last season via the play-off final, the 56-year-old Blues boss has suggested he has no immediate plans to leave the Roots Hall hotseat.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.”last_img read more

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