Sam Allardyce turns down Newcastle United approach to return as manager

Annette Crawford
July 12, 2019

Newcastle, whose interest in Bruce was revealed by Telegraph Sport immediately after Benitez's departure was conformed a fortnight ago, are still discussing compensation with Sheffield Wednesday regarding the release of the former Manchester United captain.

With Benitez having left the club around two weeks ago, the Magpies have yet to name their new boss.

However, Allardyce told talkSPORT: "I was very flattered that I was considered but it's that thing..." 'The opportunity that attracts me may never come now. I politely said no and moved on.

Writing on his blog for the first time since joining Dalian, Benitez highlighted the warm welcome he had received at the club, in contrast with the hard relationship he endured with Newcastle owner Ashley and his management team.

"I had a think about it, but it wasn't something I thought about too long".

Wading into the middle of a toxic relationship between club owner Mike Ashley and rebellious fans is only one of the current problems, with the task of replacing Ayoze Perez, Salomon Rondon, Mohamed Diame, Kenedy and Antonio Barreca from the squad which secured a 13th-place finish last season perhaps even more pressing. 'People spoke about the football but I made them better and finish eighth.

"It wasn't pleasant in the end but it was in the middle of the takeover". It was handled brilliantly by Mike and his staff at the time. They were very good with Rafa because there's not as much money as other clubs have got and were a bit more patient. Allardyce has managed seven clubs in the Premier League to date - coming into each team with the remit to help them avoid relegation.

"But what happened at Everton really did disappoint me". "We beat Henan Jianye 3-1 and I can tell you that the experience was really odd. This was supposed to be taking the club forward and I never got that chance - and that still rankles with me".

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