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Shearer clears way to take Newcastle job

Alan Shearer Alan Shearer OBE (born 13 August 1970 in Gosforth) is a retired professional English footballer who played as a striker for the England national team and Premiership clubs, Southampton, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United.  is ready to accept the manager's job at Newcastle United and may even be prepared to work for Mike Ashley Mike Ashley could refer to:
  • Mike Ashley (radio presenter), a British radio on Heart 106.2
  • Mike Ashley (businessman) - English billionaire owner of various sports-related shop chains and brands.
, the club's controversial owner. Rob Lee, Shearer's closest friend and confidant, said yesterday that although the former Newcastle and England forward has been until now reluctant to swap his role on Match of the Day for the dugout, Shearer has had a change of heart.

Lee's comments are highly significant and can be interpreted as coming directly from Shearer. Lee, who played for Newcastle for almost a decade until 2002, could expect to be offered a senior position should the latter succeed Joe Kinnear Joe Kinnear (born December 27, 1946 in Dublin) is a football manager. Playing career
Joe Kinnear played football as a full back for Tottenham Hotspur and the Republic of Ireland national team.
 at St James' Park This article is about the stadium in Newcastle. For the park in London, see St James's Park. For the football stadium in Exeter, see St James Park.

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. Shearer is far too proud to risk losing face by touting for the job himself and then being rebuffed but Lee is unlikely to have spoken so frankly without his blessing.

In an interview with The Mag, Newcastle's principal fanzine fan·zine  
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, the former England midfielder said: "I can honestly say, yes, Alan Shearer will manage Newcastle. Until now I would have just said that he would one day but I finally believe that he would tomorrow if the job is how he wants it, without all the silly games going on that have killed it."

Ashley remains optimistic that he will sell Newcastle by the new year but is nonetheless understood to have made contingency plans for buying players in January should a proposed deal with a United States-based consortium, which is performing due diligence Research; analysis; your homework. This term has caught on in all industries, because it sounds so "wired." Who would want to do analysis or research when they can do due diligence. See wired. , fall through.

Lee feels that appointing Shearer in place of Kinnear, the interim manager whose short-term contract runs out after Saturday's Premier League game at Chelsea, could offer Ashley hope of a rapprochement with Newcastle's fans.

Those supporters cannot forgive the sports retailer for sacking Kevin Keegan Joseph Kevin Keegan, OBE (born February 14, 1951 in Armthorpe, Doncaster, England)[1] is a former English football manager and is regarded as one of the all-time greatest British football players.  in September but Lee said: "The fans would love Alan to take over now. Mike Ashley would solve a lot of his problems by appointing Alan and accepting that mistakes have been made. Alan could be a priceless get out of jail card. Now is the time to make the club what we all want."

Although it would be inconceivable that Lee, whose reading and knowledge of the game are much admired by Shearer, would not be offered a key role, Dennis Wise Dennis Frank Wise (born December 16, 1966 in Kensington) is an English football manager and former footballer, currently manager of Leeds United. Wise won 21 caps for England and scored 1 goal, on his debut against Turkey.  would almost certainly have to depart his director of football post.

"Yes I would love to be part of it," admitted Lee. "It is time for Alan to take the job on. Roy Keane Roy Maurice Keane (born 10 August, 1971 in Mayfield, Cork City, Ireland) is an Irish former professional footballer and the current manager of English Premier League club Sunderland.  and Gareth Southgate learnt on the job and, like Keane at Sunderland, one thing Alan has is the respect of every single player at Newcastle.

Lee is convinced Shearer would attract players of sufficient quality to transform Newcastle's fortunes. "I know for a fact that Michael Owen and any top player would play for him," he said. "We have not got European football at the moment but Alan Shearer will be a magnet for the top guys."

Shearer's lack of managerial experience could count against him when any new owners make an appointment but Lee's hunch is that Ashley could struggle to finalise an outright sale. Intriguingly, Tyneside rumour suggests that a group of local businessmen are willing to become minor shareholders and run the club on a day-to-day basis, leaving Ashley in majority, but remote, control.

"If he doesn't sell by January he has a problem attracting buyers," Lee said. "In which case he has to pull a rabbit out of the bag and make a statement of intent by making a permanent appointment and starting again. Mike Ashley has to put a top man in charge if he is going to stay. He has to create the buzz and get the fans back onside on·side  
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Lee suspects Kinnear will not be around much longer. "Any new owners are going to want to bring in 'their' man and I don't think it would be Joe. I can't see Joe as a permanent Newcastle manager."

Perhaps tellingly, Lee also doubts that Keegan will make yet another return. "Kevin would still be a good appointment if he is allowed to be Kevin Keegan the manager and not Kevin Keegan the coach," he said. "He needs to be in full control to really have an effect. But we don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)

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 if Kevin would want it if he was offered it."
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