Neil Warnock has told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show on TalkSPORT that he would have kept Newcastle United up if they had given him the job.
Warnock was out of work until recently, when he took charge at Rotherham United.
And the 67-year-old claims that he would have been interested in the managerial position at St. James’ Park if the North East club had offered it to him.
“Absolutely,” he responded, when asked whether he would have kept Newcastle in the Premier League.
“Not half [I would have taken the job]. They’re a hell of a club and it’s sad to see.”
Warnock’s successful time at Rotherham so far suggests that he may well have had an impact at St. James’ Park.
Newcastle are currently in 19th place in the Premier League table, and they are one point adrift of safety.
There is a great deal of pressure on manager Steve McClaren’s future at the moment, with his position starting to look untenable.
McClaren remains in charge, as things stand, but Newcastle appear to be looking at alternatives, as they aim to escape the drop.