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Shearer confirmed as Magpies boss

Alan Shearer
Shearer spent a decade at Newcastle before retiring in 2006

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer will make an emotional return to St James' Park as manager until the end of the season.

Former QPR boss Iain Dowie will be his assistant and coaches Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood will stay on, but director Dennis Wise has left the club.

Shearer, 38, becomes Newcastle's fourth boss of the season and has eight games to save them from relegation.

"It's a club I love and I don't want them to go down. I'll do everything I can to stop that," he told BBC Sport.

"I feel deeply for this football club. I believe I can help it along with the players."

The Magpies find themselves in the bottom three, two points adrift of safety, and Shearer admits they are in a "tough, tough situation".

But in his first interview since taking the job, he added: "There is a nucleus of good players that can get the club out of trouble.

"There are very, very good players that are just lacking in confidence and it's up to myself and the rest of the staff to get the best out of them."

Shearer said he was confident the fans would be on his side and added their backing would be vital.

"We are going to need every ounce of effort from the players and the supporters," he said.

"The supporters are well renowned and I know they won't let us down. They never do and I hope we can repay them with a performance."

He also insisted his appointment was only a short-term measure.

"This is for an eight-game spell, I'm looking no further than that, I can promise you that," he said.

Fans' delight at Shearer appointment

"Joe Kinnear is in the job at the moment. He is recovering well and we wish him well, but I am here for eight games only to try and keep the club in the Premier League."

Managing director Derek Llambias said: "Everyone at Newcastle United is absolutely delighted that Alan has taken on this challenge.

"Already there is a buzz around the club and the city. The news has given everyone a massive boost."

Confirmation of Shearer's appointment came at approximately 2200 BST on Wednesday, less than an hour after the club announced that executive director Wise had left his role.

The former Chelsea midfielder had been a controversial figure at the club since being appointed by owner Mike Ashley in January 2008.

Shearer, Newcastle's all-time leading goalscorer, will hold his first training session with the squad on Thursday before being unveiled to the media.

He has long been linked with a coaching role at the club, but his criticism of the management structure under Ashley appeared to have made a return unlikely.

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A born and raised Geordie, Shearer scored 206 goals in 404 appearances during a 10-year playing stint at Newcastle to earn legendary status on Tyneside after joining for a record £15m fee from Blackburn.

He retired from playing in 2006 and made no secret of his desire to move into managing at some stage.

Now with Newcastle in the bottom three, the former England captain has decided the time is right to take his first coaching role.

Former Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd was among a clutch of figures associated with the club to welcome Shearer's appointment.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "It's great news. Newcastle are in a fight now, they're in the trenches, and I think Alan is the guy to carry on that fight."

Former Newcastle midfielder Paul Gascoigne believes Shearer's standing will have a positive effect on the players.

Archive - Shearer joins Newcastle in 1996

"Alan's blood is black and white and he'll be telling the players that," he said.

"He's got eight games to keep them up and I don't think it'll be too difficult a task. All they've got to know is that they're playing for Alan Shearer, Newcastle United and the fans."

Newcastle have lurched from one crisis to the next on and off this pitch this season following the departure of Kevin Keegan early in the campaign following a row with the board over summer transfers.

His replacement, the veteran Kinnear, required triple heart bypass surgery in February, leaving Hughton to pick up the baton on a temporary basis.

Following a fans' backlash over Keegan's exit, Ashley raised the possibility of selling the club, before deciding to stay on.

On the pitch, striker Michael Owen has been involved in just four games this year because of an ankle injury, while Charles N'Zogbia moved to Wigan in the January transfer window after a high-profile bust-up with Kinnear.

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Alan Hansen's column
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Wise parts company with Newcastle
01 Apr 09 |  Newcastle
Reaction to Shearer's appointment
01 Apr 09 |  Newcastle
Predict Newcastle's final games
01 Apr 09 |  Football
Newcastle 1-3 Arsenal
21 Mar 09 |  Premier League
Shearer 'rejects Newcastle role'
29 Nov 08 |  Newcastle
Kinnear back home after surgery
22 Feb 09 |  Newcastle
West Brom 2-3 Newcastle
07 Feb 09 |  Premier League
Kinnear delays signing new deal
05 Feb 09 |  Newcastle

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