Allardyce still disappointed with Newcastle departure

Sam Allardyce has revealed that he is still disappointed at the nature of his departure from Newcastle.

Allardyce was relieved of his duties at St James' Park in January following a disappointing eight-month spell in charge at the club.

The former Bolton boss had been hired by former Magpies chairman Freddy Shepherd, but once Mike Ashley took control of the club Allardyce felt that he was not given the support he needed to be successful.

"I am smarting," he told Sky Sports.

"I think that for me (given) the timing, and the few games I had, it was a massive shock when they said they were going to make a change.

"At the start of the season we had a short window with the new owners to work with. We had not as much money as I expected.

"I didn't really come for that, I came to spend big money, which is what Freddy did - he was obviously the man that employed me.

"That was obviously the bottom line to make life difficult at some stage.

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"I explained that to the new owners and said somewhere down the line we'd get a bit of stick, and they haven't been able to withstand that by the looks of it. I'm a casualty of that.

"I don't think in any way, looking back, any of that was my fault.

"At the time I considered myself to have a chance but since I've left things have been said that I was never their man."