Sam Allardyce says he turned down chance to take vacant Newcastle job

Sam Allardyce has revealed he turned down an approach from Newcastle to be their manager

Sam Allardyce has revealed he turned down an approach from Newcastle to be their manager

Newcastle had considered several other candidates before moving for Bruce, who had been near the top of their shortlist after Benitez accepted a £12m-a-year role in China with Dalian Yifang.

With pre-season underway, the managerless club are looking to appoint their seventh permanent head coach under controversial owner Mike Ashley and the 11th overall including interim bosses.

Sam Allardyce claims he rejected the chance to speak to Newcastle United about returning to the club as Rafael Benitez's replacement.

"It never got to the type of talks people are suggesting but it wasn't for me". I politely said no and moved on.

It remains to be seen whether Bruce will be able to go on Newcastle's pre-season trip to the Far East because of visa issues but if he can agree personal terms, the club will endeavour to ensure he is able to meet the players for the first time in China next week.

It is reported in The Star that the Newcastle born manager (58), will be offered a Premier League salary along with a £60m war-chest in order to try and build a squad capable of being competitive in The Premier League next season. I was very flattered that I was being considered.

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

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

"I thought it'd be better to make a quick decision for everyone. [It was] not for me".

He said in February this year: "Everybody walks around talking about, "Sam Allardyce's style is not good enough, he doesn't play the right way" and so on and so forth and it is a massive problem for me". Football does that - it believes that lie sometimes.

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