“I politely said no” – states former England manager about Newcastle United offer

Former England manager Sam Allardyce says he rejected the opportunity to return to Newcastle United as the club’s manager.

Sam Allardyce managed the club from 2007 to 2008 and was considered as a replacement for Rafael Benitez, who departed the club at the end of June to move to Chinese Super League.

Rafael Benitez quitted after his deal expired, saying the Premier League outfit “did not share his vision”.

“I was very flattered that I was considered, but it’s that thing – don’t go back,” Sam Allardyce told Talksport. “It never got to the type of talks people are suggesting, but it wasn’t for me. I politely said no.”

“I never got to talk to Mike,” added Sam Allardyce, whose last managerial post in the top tier was at Goodison Park.

“My agent contacted me, I had a think about it and a quick look at the situation and thanked them very much.

“It’s not for me. Maybe if it was the first time around I would have jumped at it. I appreciate the offer, but I was surprised – I’ve not worked for a full season.”

Meanwhile, Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce is the latest name linked to the vacant post despite having manager rivals Sunderland.

Meanwhile, the Magpies along with West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur want Thomas Strakosha.

The Tyneside club are set to make an offer for the goalkeeper, meaning that both West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur need to step up to land the 24-year-old Albania international goalkeeper.