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Last Updated: Saturday, 19 January 2008, 23:39 GMT
Keegan opens talks with Shearer
Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan (left) and the club's former striker and legend Alan Shearer
Keegan (left) signed Shearer during his last stint as Magpies boss
Alan Shearer says he has spoken to Kevin Keegan about the possibility of joining his backroom team at Newcastle.

Shearer hopes to hold more detailed talks with Keegan later this week when he returns from a visit to Uganda.

"I've got to ring him when I get back," said Shearer, who is going to Africa as part of BBC Sport Relief.

"We didn't get into specific roles but I'll sit down with him at the end of the week and we'll discuss it and see what's best for everyone."

Keegan had revealed at his unveiling as Magpies manager on Friday that he was keen to speak to Shearer.

And the pair spoke later that day for the first time since Keegan's dramatic return to the St James' Park hotseat following Sam Allardyce's sacking.

Shearer added: "Kevin's been very busy. He's gone into the football club, he's got that many staff there, he doesn't know some of their names.

"He had a huge game on Saturday, which was far more important than speaking to any individual."

Shearer, who has previously expressed a desire to enter coaching as a number one rather than as an assistant, insisted he had not really thought about the kind of role he would like at St James' Park.

He added: "It'll be experience. Newcastle said they were looking for experience in the first place. They've certainly got that with Kevin. He's been round the block a bit."

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However, Keegan seemed to hint before the pair spoke that Shearer's involvement at the club may be a minor one.

"I know Alan has got other engagements. If he can't be there on a Saturday because he has television work, then he cannot be a number two," he said.

"I think there's an involvement for Alan at this club that could be on his terms.

"I mean what a fantastic player to have around to help people in the art of finishing, and just talking to players."

On Friday Keegan, returning to the club as manager after an 11-year absence, insisted the job of bringing success to Newcastle held no fears for him - and that he was the best man for the St James' Park hot-seat.

He added: "I know the club. I'm not saying the other managers didn't, but I know it as a player, a manager, I know what it's like in terms of what the fans want.

"I don't have to learn those things. This is a very special club, and that's what people outside this area don't understand.

"I think I'm the best qualified person to come and do this job. This club doesn't scare me. The job ahead doesn't scare me."

Newcastle chairman Chris Mort said he and club owner Mike Ashley opened discussions with Keegan a day before they spoke to Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp about the Magpies vacancy.

"We had a number of people, Kevin was on that list," Mort told BBC 5 Live.

"Once we got the response when I talked to Kevin and he said 'Actually, this is something I am willing to do' then he was absolutely top of the list, absolutely number one."

Keegan also revealed he had received other offers to return to football after his last job at Manchester City, which he left in March 2005.

The way people have talked you feel like you've been out the game a 100 years

Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan

He said: "I've had offers since I've been out the game but this is the right one for me.

"There are a lot of quality players here in Michael Owen and Mark Viduka, and then you start to look at other players who have been at other clubs and done.

"There are players like Nicky Butt and Alan Smith who have won trophies with Man United, Damien Duff who has played numerous times with his country, so there is a lot of potential here.

"I want the club to be a different club from what they have experienced - they haven't seen the club at its best yet.

"The game is pretty much the same, the way people have talked you feel like you've been out the game a 100 years, but I've been away three years and that time apart has helped me."

Keegan is ready to dip into owner Mike Ashley's transfer fund in the January transfer window, but is determined to be cautious.

He said: "We are a club who can get big players if they are the right players.

"Realistically, with two weeks left of the transfer window, not a lot of players move and the players that do move don't tend to be successful.

"We will bring in two or three, but only if they improve what we have got."



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