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In pictures: Alan Shearer's career

Alan Shearer on his way to training

Alan Shearer has started his first job as a football manager, at his old club Newcastle United. He's already taken his first training session at the club.

A Newcastle United fan

Fans in Newcastle hope Shearer will be able to save the team from relegation. He has eight Premier League games to manage it, starting with Chelsea at home.

Alan Shearer playing for Southampton

Alan Shearer played his first game for Southampton aged 17. The first time he started a match for the Saints he scored a hat-trick, against Arsenal in a 4-2 victory.

Alan Shearer at Blackburn Rovers

After more than 150 games for Southampton Shearer agreed a big-money move to Blackburn Rovers in 1992. At the time, the 3.3m fee was a British transfer record.

Alan Shearer signs for Newcastle United

But that fee was smashed four years later, when Shearer moved to his home-town team Newcastle United. This time the 15m deal was a world record.

Alan Shearer celebrates a goal for Newcastle

Shearer was a massive success at Newcastle, bagging more than 200 goals in 10 years at the club.

Alan Shearer playing for England

Shearer was also a big player for England, scoring 30 goals in 63 games for his country. He retired from the team after Euro 2000 to concentrate on his Newcastle career.

Alan Shearer scores his final goal

Shearer's final match for Newcastle was against local rivals Sunderland and he scored a penalty in the game. But an injury forced him to retire from football in April 2006.

Alan Shearer with BBC colleagues

After he finished playing Shearer joined the BBC as a football expert. He appeared on Match of the Day and was a big part of the football team on telly.