Sam Allardyce confirms he has turned down return to Newcastle United job after talks – Thursday
Wednesday night brought a breaking story reporting that Sam Allardyce had been offered the Newcastle United job.
The Mail had the exclusive (see below) and said that Allardyce had turned Mike Ashley down.
They also reported that if he had gone back to Newcastle, then his former player Kevin Nolan would have been assistant manager.
By happy ‘coincidence’, Sam Allardyce was scheduled to be on Talksport on Thursday morning.
Sam Allardyce has confirmed that Mike Ashley’s people did indeed contact his agent about the vacancy and talks followed.
Whilst The Mail said he’d turned it down because of ‘an issue over the club’s recruitment policy and a concern that Allardyce would have little if any say over signings’, Sam Allardyce claimed it was one of those ‘never go back’ moments/issues.
Hmmm, never go back to somewhere where you made such a mess previously and a job where now there would be next to no money to spend on transfer fees and wages, plus not able to pick your own signings….
Sam Allardyce speaking on Talksport this morning (Thursday 11 July 2019):
“As much as I respect Newcastle, Newcastle fans and Mike it wasn’t for me.
“I politely said no and moved on.
“That thing in my mind – never go back.
“If it was the first time around then maybe I would have jumped at it but not now.
“I appreciated the offer but I was surprised.”
“I remember the (Newcastle) fans having a pop (when manager in 2007)…do you need all that hassle?”
“Well it wasn’t pleasant in the end but I was in the middle of a takeover and a restructuring that Mike (Ashley) went through and I had a fabulous start at the club but we were desperate for better players at the time and we were trying to forge forward…but they decided to go in another direction.
“I had no problems with that and everything was handled brilliantly (ED: Massive pay-off!) by Mike and his staff at the time.
“So I had no regrets apart from I would ave liked to make Newcastle very very successful…like I say I was very flattered that I was being considered (last week for the job once again)
“I thought about it but it wasn’t something I thought about too long.
“I just thought it would be better for everybody if I made a quick decision because they are there in pre-season – I would have had to have been there in a day!”
The Mail report – late Wednesday 10 July:
‘Newcastle United offered Sam Allardyce a surprise return as manager last week, Sportsmail can reveal, but the former England boss has rejected the opportunity.
Owner Mike Ashley is understood to have identified the 64-year-old as a replacement for Rafa Benitez, not just because of his track record as a Premier League manager but because he would not cost any money in compensation.
Sources close to the club say Allardyce, who has been out of work since leaving Everton in May last year, was presented with an offer after talks between senior figures at St James’ Park and his representatives last weekend.
But there was an issue over the club’s recruitment policy and a concern that Allardyce would have little if any say over signings. As a consequence talks collapsed and Newcastle now appear focused on recruiting Steve Bruce from Sheffield Wednesday.
Allardyce became Newcastle boss in May 2007, eight days before Ashley’s takeover, and was sacked eight months later when the new owner moved to bring Kevin Keegan back to the club.
It is understood that Allardyce would have brought in former Newcastle midfielder Kevin Nolan as his assistant.’
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