Sam Allardyce believes Steve Bruce is a much better fit at Newcastle than he’d have already been, but insisted he was”chuffed” from the club’s fascination with him.
Allardyce shown back in June that he was initially to replace Rafael Benitez in St James’ Park but says he resisted the opportunity to go back to the role, which he held between 2008 and 2007.
Steve Bruce was appointed as Newcastle manager and Allardyce believes the Magpies went for the man.
“Newcastle was not for me personally,” Allardyce told Sky Sports. “I was quite chuffed that Mike [Ashley] believed me again but I believed that Brucey had been a much better match than me and decent luck .
“It is his dream move to manage his home city club and I wish him well. This was the one thing that came up this summer.”
Allardyce has been since leaving Everton and, appreciating his work as a pundit and while insisting he is in no rush to get back to control, the former England manager remains open to supplies.
“You never know [if he’ll return ],” Allardyce added. “It didn’t happen last season that was my first year out of professional soccer for the first time as I was 15.
“It was a bit strange just watching all of the games however, I found it to be very interesting in watching how exactly I feel about the sport and how I would feel about what I would do when I got straight back – you have plenty of time to get prepared if you really do want to get back in the game”