Shearer now needs others to score the goals for Newcastle
Footballing figures with close links to Newcastle give their reaction to Alan Shearer's decision to take up the job as Newcastle manager.
FORMER NEWCASTLE MIDFIELDER PAUL GASCOIGNE
"People say he's got nothing to lose, that if they stay up he's a hero and if they go down it wasn't his fault.
"But Al won't be thinking of it that way; if the team did go down, he'd take the blame.
"I knew Alan was going to get this job 15 years ago. It's a great job for him, a great opportunity.
"But to take on the manager's job at Newcastle you've got to be a brave man."
SHEARER'S FORMER NEWCASTLE TEAM-MATE STEVE WATSON
"He speaks sense, he's very single-minded and knows exactly what he wants to do.
"He will have that immediate effect on the squad and the fans that only someone like Kevin Keegan could have. Every single player will have the utmost respect for him and listen to what he says. It won't matter how they play, they just need to get points on the board.
"He won't put up with people saying 'I won't play here' and I think he will have an immediate effect - and let's face it he's got to."
FORMER NEWCASTLE WINGER CHRIS WADDLE
"Management's not like playing and Alan will find that out. They will have to do a lot of hard work in training and he's got to get the confidence and belief back in the squad.
"It's a good bit of public relations for the owner Mike Ashley because they have been getting criticised the last few weeks.
"It's a case of just focusing on getting the results and keeping them up - but Newcastle have enough games at home to pick the points up. I think they'll get 41-42 points and that'll be enough."
FORMER NEWCASTLE CHAIRMAN FREDDY SHEPHERD
"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. No matter where you go in the world everybody wants to know about Newcastle."
KEVIN GALLACHER, FORMER TEAM-MATE OF SHEARER'S AT BLACKBURN
"It's a surprise appointment - it's thrown me a googly to say the least.
"Obviously with Joe Kinnear being out unwell something had to happen. You're just hoping that with all the hype that's going to follow, the team is going to pick it up.
"Players always need a leader and now Alan's there he'll command the respect of the players. He has eight games to pick them up, starting with Chelsea, and that's a tough order. The fans will be out celebrating as soon as they hear the news. Alan is so high on the pedestal at Newcastle."
BBC FOOTBALL PUNDIT MARK LAWRENSON
"I'm hugely surprised - he's kept this closely hidden. The current situation has really got to him and he's obviously agreed to say yes.
"His arrival will hopefully give them the impetus to stay in the Premier League, and if anyone can lift Newcastle out of the doldrums it's Alan. He's got no experience of management but people like Jurgen Klinsmann and Franz Beckenbauer at Germany came in with no experience as well."
FRANK GILMOUR, NEWCASTLE UNITED SUPPORTERS' ASSOCIATION
"You can guarantee people will be starting to queue at the ground now to buy any remaining tickets for the game against Chelsea. The atmosphere at that game on Saturday will be unbelievable."
JOHN ANDERSON, FORMER MAGPIES DEFENDER
"It's come as a shock, it's come out of the blue, there's no doubt about it - nobody expected this. You just hope Alan can do exactly the same job as Kevin Keegan did, but it's going to be a big, big ask because they've got a very, very tough run-in.
"Games don't come tougher than Chelsea on Saturday, then they go to Stoke and they go to Spurs. They've also got to go to Anfield and Villa Park as well. He's already a God in Newcastle. If he was to get them out of the mess they are in now, you hate to think the sort of esteem he would be held in."
FORMER NEWCASTLE CHAIRMAN SIR JOHN HALL
"It's desperate measures for desperate times. I would have preferred Shearer to be a long-term appointment.
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"I've always felt Alan was the only man at this moment in time who could manage Newcastle.
"He's a bit like Keegan, when we took him back 20 years ago.
"Keegan always had the magic touch and I think Alan's the same."
MICK QUINN, FORMER NEWCASTLE STRIKER
"He was destined to be Newcastle manager at some point. What a tonic for Michael Owen as well. They were team-mates at England and got on fairly well.
"Michael Owen might get an extra yard and score the goals to keep Newcastle up."
FORMER NEWCASTLE DEFENDER BOBBY MONCUR
"He was always going to become manager of Newcastle United. I've spoken to him and he's said 'I do fancy it'.
"He'll know he's got eight games to save Newcastle from relegation, but if anyone can do it - he's the man. Congratulations to the powers that be for trying to convince him to take over at the helm."
FORMER NEWCASTLE MIDFIELDER MICK MARTIN
"Dressing rooms need a presence, and Newcastle lost one with Shay Given going - but they've got the biggest one they can have with Alan Shearer.
His appointment would not guarantee survival, but it guarantees effort, and the players will go out and give their best because they see Alan."
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