Allardyce turns down return to Newcastle United

Sam Allardyce said he turned down a possible return to Newcastle United after Rafael Benitez left the club.

Benitez left St James’ Park at the end of June after his contract expired, and joined Chinese side Dalian Yifang.

Allardyce had previously managed Newcastle between 2007 and 2008, and claims he was considered as a possible replacement for Benitez.

His last role came as a short-term manager at Everton before being replaced by Marco Silva at Goodison Park.

Speaking to Talksport, Allardyce said: “I was very flattered that I was considered but it’s that thing – don’t go back.”.

“It never got to the type of talks people are suggesting but it wasn’t for me. I politely said no.”

“I was extremely surprised… and I was very flattered.”

“As much as I respect Newcastle fans and Ashley it wasn’t for me.”

“It was about not going back.”

“I thought about it but didn’t think about it for long.”

Sam Allardyce confirms he has turned down the#NUFC job.

“I never got to talk to Mike,” continued Allardyce.

“My agent contacted me, I had a think about it and a quick look at the situation and thanked them very much.

“It’s not for me. Maybe if it was the first time around I would have jumped at it.

“I appreciate the offer but I was surprised – I’ve not worked for a full season.”

Steve Bruce is the latest name in contention, with Mikel ArtetaPatrick Vieira and Sean Dyche also linked to the vacancy.

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