The fact of the matter is, while Brown is a highly experienced defender, Sunderland cannot afford to keep playing him and John O’Shea at the back anymore. With a combined age of 70 between them, pace is going to be a huge issue for the pair.
O’Shea is currently the club captain and two years younger than Brown, so Allardyce may look to bring in his own defensive recruits, and ask the former Manchester United defender to make way.
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