Sam Allardyce has rejected the chance to re-join Newcastle United as their manager, and Toon fans believe it symbolises a new low for the club.
“I was very flattered that I was considered. but it’s that thing – don’t go back.
“It never got to the type of talks people are suggesting, but it wasn’t for me, I politely said no.”
Allardyce originally had a spell at Newcastle in May 2007, eight days before Mike Ashley successfully took over the club.
But he was sacked after a short eight month reign to make way for Tyneside icon Kevin Keegan.
However despite his history at the club, this is a worrying turn of events for Newcastle.
Big Sam has been without a club for a year, yet the Toon job is still obviously not an attractive offer.
The manager role at St James’ should be one of the most wanted in world football, yet in the current climate even Big Sam isn’t willing to give it a go.
The treatment of Rafa Benitez, Kevin Keegan and others under the Ashley tenure has made it well known to potential suitors that they’re in for a tough time.
It also can’t help that any prospective manager will know that the club’s entire fanbase will be against them, unless their credentials can match Champions League winner Rafa Benitez.
Although Newcastle fans have reacted in terror to almost every new manager linked, Allardyce’s rejection has given them a whole new fear.
Does anyone actually want to manage Newcastle United?
Toon fans react to Allardyce snub
Allardyce is the tip of the iceberg, I believe it’s been offered to several people all of whom have point blank refused it. A once dream job transformed into a poised chalice working under an impossible structure that’s now deemed so toxic its better to stay unemployed #nufc
— Garwain (@Garwain) July 11, 2019
REJECTED BY SAM ALLARDYCE 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 #nufc
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) July 10, 2019
Eventually someone will take it. But I want it to be as embarrassing as possible for the club. The more rejections we get the better imo.
— Maximus (@MaximusRH1997) July 10, 2019
Keep reading on here from fans, journalists and pundits that #NUFC is still a big job no matter what, reminder to these people that Sam Allardyce, yes Sam Allardyce turned us down and Steve Bruce is number 1 target….. big club….. still an attractive job.. really? #NUFC
— The Insider (@theinsidernufc) July 11, 2019
If the answer was Steve Bruce or Sam Allardyce, just what was the question @NUFC ? Taking contempt and incompetence to a whole new level now.
— Steve Wallwork (@stevewallwork) July 11, 2019
Imagine being Steve Bruce: not only do you know that the fans don't want you at Newcastle, you also know that the owner doesn't really want you, because you were second choice after Sam Allardyce, who nobody wants either. #NUFC #AshleyOut
— Antony Dutton (@antSJD) July 11, 2019
— #ifashleystaysigo (@southern_damian) July 11, 2019
The rod Ashley has made for his own back is clear to see now. His days of luring in managers with false promises followed by lack of investment in players & facilities are over. The sad reality is no one will take the job, it’ll go to Redfearn through no fault of his own #nufc
— Gianfranco Shola 🌀 (@youmeandnufc) July 11, 2019