Sunderland boss Gus Poyet insists he never was offered the job at Newcastle United.

Poyet was linked with Sunderland's rivals ­Newcastle after Kevin Keegan's exit in 2008, when the Uruguayan's ex-Chelsea team-mate Dennis Wise was the executive football director at St James' Park.

But Poyet said: "There were plenty of ­rumours and talk about it. Wisey and I are friends so we talked about things without there being any offer.

"It was a friendship and a coaching ­relationship, so maybe some people thought it was obvious that I would then go to Newcastle - but no.

"I haven't ever been offered the chance to go there.

"We beat them twice in two seasons in the FA Cup when I was at Brighton.

"Now I will be playing them here again soon - it looks like I will be linked with Newcastle for all my life!"

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