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Shearer unsure on Magpies future

Alan Shearer
Shearer had hoped to learn Newcastle's decision early in June

Alan Shearer admits he has no idea if he will be appointed Newcastle boss on a full-time basis while uncertainty over the club's ownership persists.

Owner Mike Ashley has yet to appoint a permanent manager as he looks to sell the Championship club for £100m.

Shearer took over on a short-term basis in April but was unable to keep the Magpies in the Premier League.

"I am the same as everyone else, I am in limbo - I don't know what is going on," said the 38-year-old.

"I know as much as you. I would dearly love it to be sorted out one way or the other then the club can move forward.

"Everyone is telling me there are people in to buy the club. If that is the case, then great."

At the end of last season Shearer held talks about taking over as manager a full-time capacity and said he hoped to learn of Newcastle's decision by the end of the first week in June.

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But he has yet to hear back from the club and it is thought that a long-term managerial appointment is unlikely until Ashley completes his intended sale of the club.

Ashley, who bought Newcastle in 2007 for £134.4m, has put the club up for sale for a second time and apologised to fans for his "catastrophic" reign in charge of the club.

He is thought to be willing to accept about £80m for the club as he looks for a quick sale.

Shearer added he remains fully committed to the club and denied reports claiming he is set to walk away because of the uncertainty.

"I don't know where that's come from, it's certainly not from myself," said the former Newcastle and England striker. "I want it sorted out as quickly as everyone else does.

"I'm a fan like everyone else and I don't like to see the situation the club is in."

Shearer was speaking ahead of Sunday's charity match between an England XI and an ex-Germany side - to support former Newcastle and England manager Sir Bobby Robson's cancer charity - at St James' Park.



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