Allardyce turned down Newcastle United approach

Newcastle are on the lookout for a new manager after letting Rafa Benitez leave last month

Newcastle are on the lookout for a new manager after letting Rafa Benitez leave last month

Sources close to the club say Allardyce, who has been out of work since leaving Everton in May a year ago, was presented with an offer after talks between senior figures at St James' Park and his representatives last weekend.

Sam Allardyce has turned down the chance to return to Newcastle United as the club's manager after rejecting their approach to replace Rafael Benitez.

The former Bolton Wanderers, West Ham and England manager spent eight unhappy months in charge of Newcastle before a parting of ways in January 2008.

But with Bruce seemingly set on managing the Magpies, an opportunity he might never get again, Chansiri is at risk of souring his relationship with the popular Sheffield Wednesday boss, should he get him to stay put.

However, Allardyce told talkSPORT: "I was very flattered that I was considered but it's that thing. don't go back". I politely said "no".

With The Owls well into their pre-season programme, this could cause major issues with their preparation for the new campaign, giving them little time to source, speak to and successfully sign up a replacement in time for them to have any impact on either the transfer market or their current squad before the first game of the season, not ideal at all. I appreciate the offer.

"I never got to talk to Mike", added Allardyce, whose last managerial post in the Premier League was at Everton.

"It wasn't something I thought about for too long".

They also reported that if he had gone back to Newcastle, then his former player Kevin Nolan would have been assistant manager.

It is understood that another former Sunderland manager, Steve Bruce, is the man at the top of the Magpies' shortlist and that formal contact with the 58-year-old Sheffield Wednesday boss is imminent.

But the 58-year-old wants the job and feels he can not resist the lure of the challenge on Tyneside.

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