Sam Allardyce says he turned down chance to take vacant Newcastle job

• Allardyce: ‘I was considered but it’s that thing … don’t go back’
• Steve Bruce believed to be at top of Magpies’ shortlist

Sam Allardyce has said he turned down the chance to take the vacant manager’s job at Newcastle. The former England manager, who held the position at St James’ Park from 2007 until 2008, was under consideration to replace Rafael Benítez, who left the club at the end of June.

However, Allardyce told TalkSport: “I was very flattered that I was considered but it’s that thing … ‘don’t go back.’

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