Belfast Telegraph

No Pulis offer from Newcastle

Tony Pulis has not been offered the opportunity to replace Alan Pardew as Newcastle manager.

Amid claims that the former Stoke and Crystal Palace boss had turned down the chance to take over at St James' Park, sources on Tyneside have insisted the proposition was never put to him as Mike Ashley considers his options ahead of Pardew's imminent departure for Selhurst Park.

Press Association Sport understands too that Hull's Steve Bruce and former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood, who along with Pulis featured prominently in the early betting, are not under consideration.

And Bruce took the opportunity at his Hull press conference ahead of the New Year's Day clash with Everton to emphasise that he is not looking to leave the Tigers.

Palace are yet to confirm Pardew's appointment, but the 53-year-old returned to Tyneside on Tuesday to say his goodbyes to the Magpies after more than four years in charge.

As he did so, Ashley, who is currently on holiday in Barbados, and managing director Lee Charnley, were working through a short-list of potential candidates having been inundated with applications.

But they were doing so with a very definition job specification in mind as they looked to appoint a head coach to work alongside Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr with the latter pair conducting the club's transfer activity within the confines of the club's established investment policy.

That "continental" model is one which they believe is suited to certain interested parties and not others.

In the meantime, assistant manager John Carver and first-team coach Steve Stone will take charge of team affairs.

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