Sam Allardyce will appoint one-time Newcastle player Paul Bracewell as assistant manager before Sunday’s derby match, according to press reports this morning.

Bracewell was one of the early building blocks in Kevin Keegan’s 1990s revival of Newcastle United.

Arriving in the summer of 1992, England international is one of that select band of players who made the move from Wearside to Tyneside, making 88 appearances over the course of three seasons and scoring three goals.

He is already working at Sunderland as the Development Coach for the Under 21s and 18s, helping with the transition between the two.

In June 2015 he was appointed first team coach under Dick Advocaat after having assisted Dick Advocaat with first team duties towards the end of the 2014-15 season.

Now The Sun report that Paul Bracewell will be named by Sam Allardyce as his new assistant manager at the Stadium of Light.

Allardyce previously relied on another former Newcastle player, Neil McDonald, as his assistant at West Ham but he is now forging his own managerial career at basket case club Blackpool.

Sunday will of course be Sam Allardyce’s home debut against Newcastle, although it hasn’t apparently excited the natives, with plenty of home tickets still available only four days before the derby.