Newcastle rejected by Sam Allardyce after making shock move for former manager

Sam Allardyce has reportedly turned down a shock return to former club Newcastle after being offered the vacant managers role.

The 64-year-old previously held the post for a brief period from 2007-08, and is said to have been approached about a second spell at the club.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley identified Allardyce as an ideal replacement for Rafa Benitez due to his current status as a free agent.

The Mail report that Allardyce was offered the job last weekend after talks with Newcastle chiefs, but is said to have rejected the opportunity.

It is thought the deal hit a snag when Allardyce queried how much control he would have over player transfers, with his concern being he’d have little say in their recruitment strategy.

Allardyce has reportedly turned down the approach from his old club

The ex-England boss has not had a job in football for over a year, after leaving Everton in May 2018.

Allardyce was the first boss to be sacked under Ashley’s regime at the club, having moved to St James’ Park just eight days before the chairman’s takeover.

He lasted just eight months in charge after an ill-fated spell saw him replaced by Kevin Keegan in the hotseat.

Newcastle have since struggled to maintain their Premier League status, and now face a battle for survival next season.

The 64-year-old has been out of work since leaving Everton last May

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The Tyneside club look set to turn their attentions to Allardyce’s close friend Steve Bruce, with the Sun reporting that he held talks with Newcastle’s managing director Lee Charnley on Tuesday evening.

Bruce is currently under contract at Sheffield Wednesday, and Newcastle would need to pay a £1 million compensation fee to prise him from the Owls.

It would be a controversial appointment from the club’s board should they opt for Bruce, given he previously managed their fierce rivals Sunderland.

Charnley is thought to have hand-picked Bruce for the role however, and is keen for the 58-year-old to take up the post by the end of the week.


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