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Shearer concedes job difficulty

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Shearer calls for strength and bravery

Newcastle boss Alan Shearer admits his first taste of football management is proving tougher than he expected.

The ex-England captain is in charge of his former club until the end of the season as they battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

"You get in at seven o'clock thinking you've got a few things to do and by 10 you've got a million things to do," Shearer told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"It's a very, very difficult job but it's one I'm really enjoying."

One of five top-flight managers not to hold a Uefa Pro Licence, Shearer insists he will only be in charge of Newcastle until the end of the season.

The 38-year-old briefly assisted then caretaker manager Glenn Roeder at St James' Park in 2006 but has not other coaching experience.

"I've really enjoyed it. It's everything I thought it would be and probably a bit more," he said.

"There's so much organising to do, so much work to do. I'm not going to stand here and lie to you - it's challenging, it really is.

"Difficult? Yes. Long hours? Yes, without a doubt. But I wouldn't change anything, I'm really pleased."

I've been asked if I would come away from Stoke with a point but at this moment in time I wouldn't accept that - we're trying to go there to get three points, not one

Alan Shearer

Newcastle are second bottom of the Premier League and three points adrift of safety with seven games left to play.

Shearer's first match in charge ended in a 2-0 home defeat by Chelsea and the Magpies travel to Stoke on Saturday seeking what would be only their third away win of the season.

Stoke have been criticised in some quarters for a direct approach but Tony Pulis' men have won eight and lost just three of their home games this term.

"It's a huge challenge but also a very different one to that which we faced last week against Chelsea," said Shearer, Newcastle's all-time record goalscorer.

"I can stand here until I'm blue in the face and tell you what Stoke's tactics are, we all know that. But talking about them and actually dealing with them are two different matters.

"Looking at their home record this season, not many teams have been able to cope with it. We know what's coming at us so can we handle it? Can we be organised enough? Can we be brave enough? Strong enough? Physical enough to handle what they throw at us?"

Shearer concedes it has been difficult to answer such questions because injuries have hampered his side's preparations.

"It's very difficult to get any team play on a full pitch during the week because of the injuries we've got," he said.

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"Last week we were still waiting for players on Saturday morning and it might be the case that we're waiting for players again this Saturday morning. That isn't ideal but we'll have to get on with it."

Shearer, nonetheless, believes Newcastle will go to the Britannia Stadium targeting nothing less than victory.

"This year we've put in good performances for different periods of games but we've not put in a good performance for 90 minutes yet and that's what we're trying to get to," he added.

"We have to cut individual errors out, we have to concentrate, we have to be big and brave and strong and if we do all of those things we'll have a chance of coming out of it with three points. That's the intention.

"I've been asked if I would come away with a point. At this moment in time I wouldn't accept that. We're trying to go to Stoke to get three points, not one.

"The players have worked very hard this week and there's a hunger and desire about them on the training pitch. But you don't get any points on the training pitch.

"We've got to go out and produce that on a Saturday afternoon and the sooner we get a win the better it will be for everyone."



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