Allardyce has already lined up Sammy Lee and Paul Clement to join his coaching staff. But he clearly regards Brown highly, having employed him as his No 2 at both Bolton and Blackpool, says the Mail on Sunday.
Allardyce also wanted him at Sunderland, though Brown took the Southend job instead, and now, apparently, he is expecting a call from his old friend. That would fit with the new England chief's wish to surround himself with people he knows and trusts.
"I want to create a backroom staff that delivers a great service in all areas and departments," he said.