Former England manager Sam Allardyce says he turned down the opportunity to return to Newcastle as replacement for Rafael Benitez.

Newcastle are currently without a manager after Benitez walked away from the club last month at the end of his contract, citing a lack of trust in the club's hierarchy.

Allardyce has revealed he was initially under consideration to replace Benitez at St James' Park but says he rejected the chance to return to the role, which he previously held between 2007 and 2008.

"I was very flattered that I was considered but it's that thing... don't go back," Allardyce told talkSPORT. "It never got to the type of talks people are suggesting - but it wasn't for me. I politely said 'no'.

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