Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay could have been on the Newcastle coaching staff if he had chosen to accept an offer from Alan Pardew.
Mackay was West Ham captain under Pardew during his playing career, and was approached by the Magpies boss with a view to becoming his assistant at St James' Park.
He said: "I could have been at Newcastle. We had that conversation concerning me going up there as his number two, but it didn't happen.
"I know Alan well, he is a good friend of mine and he has certainly been a mentor for me over the past few years in terms of conversations we have had.
"I also played for him, I was his captain at West Ham, and he is a good friend of mine and he has done a very good job at Newcastle. He was given a long-term contract and he has brought stability to that club to an extent.
"You look at the recruitment he has orchestrated there in his time and that stability is important in football, and that is what I am trying to do here in terms of staff and recruitment.”
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