The disaster that is the national team, is now tottering towards further disaster, with reports claiming that Phil Brown is set to be England’s assistant manager to Sam Allardyce.

Having previously been number two to Fat Sam at both Bolton and Blackpool, the former Sunderland boss is allegedly keen to team up with the permatanned Phil Brown once again.

However, in the meantime Newcastle fans will get a chance to see up close the England number two in waiting, as Brown is currently in charge of League One side Southend United.

Newcastle play at Roots Hall on Tuesday night in their final away friendly of pre-season, before ending the schedule at home to Vitesse Arnhem on Saturday.

In advance of tomorrow night’s friendly, Phil Brown has been looking forward to the game and given us the benefit of his expertise.

After playing the likes of Canvey Island and West Ham’s youth team, Phil Brown thinks that Newcastle will be a ‘tough test’.

Though rather bizarrely he thinks that part of that tougher test will be Rafa Benitez including one or two of our players ‘who have come back from the Euros’…

With it being their biggest pre-season friendly, you would have though that somebody like the Southend boss would have done even a little bit of preparation on Tuesday’s opponents.

If so he would have quickly found out that no Euros stars will be appearing against Southend and the only one we did have in France was a certain Moussa Sissoko, who has no intention of ever appearing again for Newcastle and isn’t even expected back on Tyneside until next Monday anyway.

With clowns like Sam Allardyce and Phil Brown in charge of England, the pair also having such a high opinion of themselves, if you thought it was a disaster under Roy Hodgson and others…you haven’t seen anything yet.

Phil Brown speaking to the Yellow Advertiser:

“It (playing Newcastle) is more of a test than the previous four or five games that we’ve had but that’s the reason for pre-season, to build up what we would class as a more realistic challenge.

“We’ve played West Ham’s 21’s, which was basically a young team, but you can only beat what is in front of you and that’s what we did.

“But Newcastle will be a tough test. I would imagine that one or two of their players who have come back from the Euros might be involved.

“Rafa is a determined man, he will want to win every pre-season friendly, the same as I will. But the bottom line is that it’s not about the result, it’s about the performance. We are looking forward to the game, but it will be a tough test.”

 “The test from Newcastle will probably be similar to two or three of the better teams in our division, so there will be a game plan, and there will be a different game plan against Colchester. Come Gillingham, we should be ready tactically and technically, as well as physically.

 “There are still one or two trialist around that I haven’t decided on yet. I didn’t think the test against West Ham was stern enough on the two centre halves in particular. So I’ll have a look at them in the Newcastle game and make a decision after that. There’s still a little bit of work to do with two weeks to go.”