Steve Bruce To Meet Sheffield Wednesday Officials, Pushing For Newcastle Job

Newcastle are on the lookout for a new manager after letting Rafa Benitez leave last month

Newcastle are on the lookout for a new manager after letting Rafa Benitez leave last month

Sam Allardyce has said he turned down the chance to take the vacant manager's job at Newcastle.

Newcastle are searching for a new manager after Benitez left for China following the expiry of his contract at the end of June.

Aston Villa Manager Steve Bruce during the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa at Ewood Park, Blackburn, England on 15 September 2018.

"I was certainly extremely surprised", Allardyce told talkSPORT about the approach.

"It never got to the type of talks people are suggesting but it wasn't for me".

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"I must say that I have had more meetings with the chairman, president and general manager this week than I had in three years at Newcastle".

"I never got to talk to Mike (Ashley, owner of the club)". My agent contacted me, I had a think about it and a quick look at the situation and thanked them very much.

Writing on his blog for the first time since joining Dalian, Benitez highlighted the warm welcome he had received at the club, in contrast with the hard relationship he endured with Newcastle owner Ashley and his management team. I appreciate the offer. I thought it'd be better to make a quick decision for everyone.

Newcastle, whose interest in Bruce was revealed by Telegraph Sport immediately after Benitez's departure was conformed a fortnight ago, are still discussing compensation with Sheffield Wednesday regarding the release of the former Manchester United captain.

Newcastle had considered several other candidates before moving for Bruce, who had been near the top of their shortlist after Benitez accepted a £12m-a-year role in China with Dalian Yifang.

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