Newcastle United made a shock move to bring Sam Allardyce back as manager.
Newcastle United fans aren’t exactly having the best time right now, and it could have been even worse for them after Sam Allardyce’s claims earlier today.
The Magpies failed to reach an agreement to extend Rafael Benitez’s contract, meaning he left the club on June 30th, whilst loan favourite Salomon Rondon won’t be returning and Ayoze Perez has been sold to Leicester City.
Magpies fans aren’t happy with the choice of replacement for Benitez either. Steve Bruce is set to be named Newcastle manager, as reported by The Chronicle, fulfilling a boyhood dream.
Fans aren’t exactly enthused about his arrival despite being a boyhood Magpies fan, but fans may feel a little better about the Sheffield Wednesday boss making the move after Allardyce’s comments.
Allardyce told talkSPORT earlier today that Newcastle had been in touch with him about becoming their new manager, but he chose to reject the job because he doesn’t believing in ‘going back’.
‘Big Sam’ was appointed Newcastle boss in 2007 after sterling work at Bolton Wanderers, but he only lasted until January 2008, when he was sacked by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.
Newcastle fans have been taking to Twitter to react to the claims, believing that Ashley has actually played a blinder this time, as he’ll have known just how angry Magpies supporters would have been with an Allardyce return, which has made moving for Bruce seem more palatable.
Others are absolutely infuriated, believing it shows just how out of touch Ashley is with the Newcastle fans, feeling the move for Allardyce was ’embarrassing’ and ‘dreadful’.
Ashley finally played a blinder asking Allardyce, although it was a risk he would turn him down. I am now thinking thank god we are getting Bruce. #nufc— Peter Young (@DucksFeetPete) July 11, 2019
Sam bloody Allardyce & Steve Bruce. I don’t know why I’m surprised that these two seem to be the main managerial targets for #nufc. Dreadful.— Daniel White (@danwhitepr) July 11, 2019
I suspect the Allardyce story has been planted in order to make Steve Bruce appear a more palatable appointment! Although, a part of me would find it hilarious if Ashley did appoint Allardyce then sell the club, leaving it in exactly the same way he found it.— Gordon J Tait, PhD (@gordontoon) July 11, 2019
#nufc— Albert mooney (@Albertm70911962) July 11, 2019
Allardyce looked at the squad and said no. Relegation avoidance plan now failed. What have we come to.
Very sad situation
Say what you like about Ashley but his trolling skills are exemplary. Allardyce??! #nufc— Simon Welton (@Manofminitalent) July 11, 2019
If the answer was Steve Bruce or Sam Allardyce, just what was the question @NUFC ? Taking contempt and incompetence to a whole new level now.— Steve Wallwork (@stevewallwork) July 11, 2019
Says a lot if Sam Allardyce doesn’t even want the job.
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Steve Bruce isn’t even #NUFC‘s first choice. Allardyce it seems was ahead of him. We have 3 ex Sunderland players & going after their former managers. We’ll be morphing in to them soon enough down the divisions.— Newcastle Fans TV (@NewcastleFansTV) July 11, 2019