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.

The Daily Mail broke the news late last night that Mike Ashley had identified the former Sunderland manager as a replacement for Rafa Benitez, but that Allardyce had turned down the offer.

This morning, in an interview with Talksport, Allardyce confirmed the story and his reasons for the snub:

“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.

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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.

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Although Newcastle fans have reacted in terror to almost every new manager linked, Allardyce’s rejection has given them a whole new fear.

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Toon fans react to Allardyce snub


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