New Sunderland boss David Moyes has already identified Gary Neville as the man he wants to assist him in the North East, report the Daily Express.
The Scotsman was announced as Sam Allardyce’s successor at the Stadium of Light earlier this week, following his appointment as England boss.
Former Manchester United skipper Neville was a hugely rated TV pundit, though his coaching reputation has taken a battering in the past few months.
A dismal stint as Valencia coach culminated in his sacking from Los Che following a 7-1 loss to Barcelona, while he was part of the England setup that failed so miserably at EURO 2016.
Still, Moyes is believed to view the 41-year old as an ideal assistant as he looks to improve a Black Cats side that has constantly battled relegation.
The ex-Everton chief added Phil Neville to his ranks when handed the Old Trafford job himself, who latterly assisted his brother at the Mestalla.