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Shearer still wants Newcastle job

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Shearer in dark over Newcastle future

Alan Shearer has told BBC Sport he is keen to return as manager of Newcastle United, but admits he has no extra information as to the club's future.

Owner Mike Ashley is hoping to sell the relegated club, and although Shearer is at their game with West Brom it is as a pundit rather than manager.

"I'm still in limbo," said Shearer. "I wanted it sorted either way because of my love for the football club.

"I'd dearly love the chance to finish what I started last season."

Earlier in the week, former Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear said he had rejected the offer of a two-year deal to return as manager.

Newcastle need players quickly and it could be a long, hard season if that doesn't happen

Alan Shearer

Shearer said his own discussions with Ashley had not progressed since the end of last season, which saw Newcastle relegated from the Premier League.

"As far as I'm aware the club's up for sale, they haven't got a buyer," Shearer said on Football Focus.

"My last conversation with Mike Ashley was on the Tuesday after we'd been relegated.

"I told him the players I wanted to keep, the players I thought had to be moved on, and the players I wanted to bring in.

"He said he wasn't going to put any more money into the club, and that is it as far as I'm aware."

Tyneside businessman Barry Moat is a candidate to buy the club, and Shearer admitted Moat - who helped organise the former Newcastle striker's testimonial - is a good friend.

"He's a friend of mine but I've been away on holiday and just got back in last night," said Shearer.

"I could be the manager if someone comes in, buys the club and wants me as manager.

"If they want to get the club back up to the Premier League I'd dearly love the chance to finish what I started last season, which was very disappointing.

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"But other than that, you have to believe me, I don't really know."

Shearer expressed concern that Newcastle would struggle on the pitch in the Championship unless the team's off-field problems were swiftly rectified, allowing a new manager to strengthen a squad whose departures have included Michael Owen, Obafemi Martins, Mark Viduka, Habib Beye and Sebastien Bassong.

"Newcastle's squad was thin last season, and when you consider the players who have gone out, that tells a story.

"They need players quickly and it could be a long, hard season if that doesn't happen."

Shearer also paid tribute to another former Newcastle United manager, Sir Bobby Robson, who died last month, and under whom Shearer played at St James' Park for five years.

"Not many people knew the real Bobby Robson, but the people who played under him knew him as a man," he said.

"It was a privilege and an honour. He had a great knack of getting the best out of all players irrespective of their age - a 19-year-old earning a fortune or a 36-year-old at the end of his career.

"I've not known anyone have a bad word for Bobby, and in football there's not many people you can say that about."



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see also
West Brom 1-1 Newcastle
08 Aug 09 |  Championship
Newcastle takeover back on track
04 Oct 09 |  Newcastle
Kinnear makes Newcastle job claim
05 Aug 09 |  Newcastle
Hughton fearful of player sales
03 Aug 09 |  Newcastle
Ashley wants quick Newcastle sale
31 May 09 |  Newcastle
Newcastle's season of misery
24 May 09 |  Newcastle
Shearer confirmed as Magpies boss
01 Apr 09 |  Newcastle


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