Sam Allardyce turned down return to Newcastle
Former England boss Sam Allardyce has revealed he turned down the chance to return to Newcastle United as manager.
Allardyce, who managed the Magpies for a season in 2007, was reportedly approached by his agent to fill the gap left at St James’ Park by the departing Rafael Benitez.
Allardyce told talkSPORT radio station: “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', although I never got to talk to Mike Ashley.
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.
“It wasn't something I thought about for too long. I thought it'd be better to make a quick decision for everyone. We're in pre-season now and they're back in training,” he added.
Words: Jake Evans