LONDON, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp decided on Saturday to turn down an offer to succeed Sam Allardyce as Newcastle United manager.
'I've had a great offer, to manage a fantastic club like Newcastle. It was a terrific opportunity,' Redknapp told Sky Sports News.
'But I'm happy here...this is where I enjoy being, this is my club, it would be too big a wrench to leave here.'
Allardyce parted company with Newcastle by mutual agreement on Wednesday after only eight months at St James' Park.
Redknapp, 60, was the Premier League club's first choice. Other names linked with the job include former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer and Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes.
Assistant manager Nigel Pearson has been put in temporary charge of Newcastle for Saturday's league match against champions Manchester United.
'This is a club I feel comfortable at...I've got a great relationship with the fans, with the owner and (chief executive) Peter (Storrie),' Redknapp added.
'I've brought players in here, persuaded them to come to Portsmouth, sold the club to them and to walk away from them now when we're doing do well, it wouldn't be right.'
Portsmouth are eighth in the Premier League table and still in contention for a UEFA Cup place.
Newcastle, who are 11th, have not won a major domestic honour for more than half a century and have seen a string of big names come and go without bringing trophy success in recent years.
Ossie Ardiles, Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalglish, Ruud Gullit, Bobby Robson, Graeme Souness and Glenn Roeder have all had a try. But only Keegan got close to meeting the high expectations of Newcastle fans with his exciting side of the mid-1990s, who went close to a first league title since 1927.