Sam Allardyce

Former England manager Sam Allardyce says he is ready to return to the dugout despite rejecting Newcastle United.

Sam Allardyce

Allardyce claims he was approached by the Magpies after Rafael Benitez opted not to renew his contract at the club.

Steve Bruce later left Sheffield Wednesday for the role, with Allardyce unwilling to take on a second spell at Newcastle.

But the 64-year-old, out of work since departing Everton in May 2018, indicated he is willing to consider a comeback.

“It didn’t happen last season which was my first year out of professional football for the first time since I was 15,” Allardyce told Sky Sports.

“It was a bit strange just watching all the games but I found it to be very interesting in seeing how I feel about the game and how I would feel about what I would do if I got back in – you have plenty of time to get ready if you do want to get back into the game.”