Sunderland fan and Southend United boss Phil Brown has admitted that it would be a dream to become manager of The Black Cats according to The Express.

The Sky Bet Championship strugglers are without a manager after former boss Simon Grayson was sacked following a disappointing 3-3 draw with bottom club Bolton Wanderers at The Stadium of Light on Tuesday evening.

Speculation is increasing over who will be the club’s next manager with boyhood Sunderland fan Brown admitting  that managing The Black Cats would be his ‘dream job’.

When speaking about the vacancy on Wearside, Brown said “Sunderland are my football club and being the manager of Sunderland would be my dream job because of that.

“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.”

The 58-year-old was a Sky Bet Championship promotion winner with former club Hull City in 2007/2008 after beating Bristol City 1-0 in the Play-Off Final at Wembley. Brown has also won a promotion with current club Southend United while this season The Shrimpers find themselves just two points behind the top six in Sky Bet League One.

Former Sunderland boss Grayson was in the managerial hotseat at The Stadium of Light for just four months and won three of his 18 matches in charge,


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