Sam Allardyce turns down the chance to be next Newcastle manager

Sam Allardyce does not fancy a return to Newcastle (Picture: Getty Images)

Sam Allardyce was offered the chance to return to Newcastle United as manager but turned it down, saying it’s about ‘not going back.’

The 64-year-old was in charge of the Magpies from 2007-08, but was sacked after just 24 games in charge and was replaced by Kevin Keegan.

However, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley was keen to get the veteran boss back on board, with Sportsmail reporting that his experience and lack of compensation fee as he is out of work attracted Ashley.

Allardyce is not interested in a return to St James’ Park, though, despite being flattered by the approach.

‘I was extremely surprised I think, but we never really got to the sort of talks everyone is suggesting,’ Allardyce told talkSPORT.

Allardyce was most recently managing in Soccer Aid (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I had a chat with my agent, and as much as I respect Newcastle, Newcastle fans and Mike [Ashley] it wasn’t for me, I politely said no and moved on.

‘It was about not going back, that thing in my mind about not going back. Maybe if it was the first time round I’d have jumped at it, but not now. But I appreciate the offer and I was surprised.

‘I was very flattered that I was considered, but it was about not going back.

‘I had a think about it, but it wasn’t something I thought about too long, I thought it would be better for everybody if I made a quick decision because they’re in pre-season now, I’d have had to be there in a day.

‘I never spoke to Mike, it was just my agent contacting me. I had a quick think about it and look at the situation and thanked them very much for contacting Mark, but not for me.’

Steve Bruce now appears to be Ashley’s primary target to replace former boss Rafael Benitez at St James’ Park, and Bruce is the favourite with the bookmakers to get the role.

However, the former Aston Villa, Sunderland and Wigan manager will not be a free option for Ashley, with current club Sheffield Wednesday expecting a significant amount of compensation.

This figure has been quoted as £1m in some reports, while elsewhere it has been described as ‘much, much more.’

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