Sam Allardyce revealed he rejected an offer from Newcastle United to replace Rafael Benitez and accepts his Premier League career may have ended.
Allardyce has been out of work since Everton fired him in May 2018 to make way for the incoming Marco Silva.
The former England boss had arrived in November 2017 to replace Ronald Koeman and led the Toffees from 13th to a respectable eighth-place Premier League finish.
Despite his stellar reputation as one of finest English coaches, however, Allardyce had struggled to find work until Newcastle came calling recently.
The 64-year-old managed the Magpies during the first half of the 2007/08 season before club owner Mike Ashley sacked him in January 2008 in favour of appointing Kevin Keegan as the new manager.
But desperate times appear to have called for desperate measures, with Newcastle managerless after losing Benitez to Chinese club Dalian Yifang.
But Allardyce has rejected a St James’ Park comeback and reflected on his bitterness towards Everton’s decision to dismiss him.
“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’.
“I never got to talk to Mike (Ashley, owner of the club). My agent contacted me, I had a think about it and a quick look at the situation and thanked them very much but (it’s) not for me.
“Maybe if it was the first time around I would have jumped at it. I appreciate the offer but I was surprised, I’ve not worked for a full season.
“It wasn’t something I thought about for too long.
“I thought it’d be better to make a quick decision for everyone. We’re in pre-season now and they’re back in training.”
On his future, Allardyce added: “I wouldn’t rule it out but the offer that attracts me may not come now.
“Before I’d (be) ‘I’ll come and try to save you, can I do something here, yeah, let’s go’.
“But what happened at Everton really did disappoint me. This was supposed to be taking the club forward and I never got that chance – and that still rankles with me.”