Former Everton boss Sam Allardyce has turned down the opportunity to return and manage Newcastle.
Allardyce was in charge of the Magpies from 2007 to 2008 and was approached by the club to replace the recently departed Rafa Benitez, who took the black and white wheel from 2016 to 2019.
Benitez claimed he did not share the same vision as the club and refused to renew his contract.
“I wanted to stay, but I didn’t just want to sign an extended contract, I wanted to be part of a project,” said Benitez in a letter to fans.
Newcastle appointed the Spaniard as the successor to Steve McClaren with ten games of the 2015-16 campaign remaining and the primary aim of safety. Unfortunately, Benitez could not avoid the relegation trapdoor but secured a Championship title the next season taking them back into the top flight.
The former England boss last set foot in a managerial dugout for Everton, in May 2018, beforehand managing Crystal Palace.
“I was very flattered that I was considered but it’s that thing – don’t go back,” Allardyce told Talksport.
“It never got to the type of talks people are suggesting but it wasn’t for me. I politely said no.”
Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce is the latest name in the hat and he is coming up on top to be the bookie’s favourite to sign on the dotted line.
It is believed that Sheffield Wednesday’s chairman, Dejphon Chansiri, is prepared to put up a fight to keep the former Aston Villa manager.
Newcastle initially has expressed a £1m pay-out to secure Bruce’s release, but it is reported that Wednesday feel a £5m compensation package is a better-suited deal.
Newcastle fans might feel like the search should continue because of 58-year-old’s affiliation with Sunderland, managing the Black Cats in 2009.
The hunt will continue if Bruce’s signature diminishes into nothing, but owner Ashley needs to steady the Newcastle ship before the season starts.