Allardyce delivers verdict on Bruce

Ross Houston
July 11, 2019

Sam Allardyce has revealed he turned down the chance to take the vacant manager's job at Newcastle.

Sky Sports previously reported that the Championship boss was one of the names being considered to succeed Rafa Benitez at St James Park, and Alan Brazil asked Allardyce what he thought about Bruce potentially managing the Magpies.

The Spaniard led Newcastle to promotion to the English Premier League in 2017, before keeping the club in England's top flight for two seasons.

However, Allardyce told talkSPORT: "I was very flattered that I was considered but it's that thing. don't go back".

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 must say that I have had more meetings with the chairman, president and general manager this week than I had in three years at Newcastle". I appreciate the offer.

"I had a think about it, but it wasn't something I thought about too long". I never got to talk to Mike [Ashley, owner of the club].

Newcastle United are set to appoint Steve Bruce as manager and are hoping he will be able to join up with the team on their pre-season tour of China.

Benitez departed after his contract expired, saying the Premier League club "did not share his vision".

The 58-year-old has managed a host of clubs throughout his managerial career.

Bruce, who spent two years at their fierce rivals Sunderland between 2009-11, is a boyhood Newcastle fan and feels he can not resist the lure of the challenge on Tyneside.

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