The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Jamie Holt

SOUTHEND United boss Phil Brown ad­mits an as­sis­tant’s life is not for him af­ter turn­ing down the chance to join Sam Allardyce at Sun­der­land.

Brown, 56, was Allardyce’s as­sis­tant for six years at Bolton and helped ce­ment the Trot­ters as an es­tab­lished Pre­mier League club.

But for the last decade Brown has em­barked on his own man­age­rial path and, af­ter tak­ing over at Southend in 2013, he’s lifted them out of the League base­ment.

And fol­low­ing care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion, former Hull City boss Brown says he has too much un­fin­ished busi­ness at the Shrimpers to play sec­ond fid­dle to Big Sam.

“The op­por­tu­nity was put to me to go to Sun­der­land but, af­ter talk­ing with the chair­man (Ron Martin) here, I’ve de­cided to stay at Southend,” he said. “It was some­thing I did think about for a cou­ple of days and I was con­sid­er­ing what would be best for me to do.

“But I still have am­bi­tions I want to achieve at Southend and I want to try and get to 1,000 games as a man­ager.

“That’s some­thing I’ve al­ways wanted to do and I’m not go­ing to do it if I go and be­come an as­sis­tant.”

Allardyce’s former No2 at West Ham, Neil McDon­ald, 49, had a sim­i­lar mes­sage, in­sist­ing he has no in­ten­tion of leav­ing Black­pool.

“Be­ing a num­ber one is some­thing I want to do,” said McDon­ald.“I’ve been a sup­port to Sam Allardyce over the last six years, but this is my turn to be a num­ber one.

“I’m work­ing hard at Black­pool to try and put things right on the pitch.

“It’s flat­ter­ing to be linked, that means you’re do­ing a de­cent job.”

AM­BI­TIONS: Phil Brown

STAY­ING: Neil McDon­ald

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