Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I'm Not Ready for Top Job

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I'm Not Ready for Top Job

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Newcastle striker Alan Shearer has ruled himself out of the running to succeed Graeme Souness as the Magpies' next manager.

Souness was sacked by Newcastle after a dreadful run of results that has left the club facing the possibility of a relegation fight in the Premiership.

Former England captain Shearer is to assist caretaker manager Glenn Roeder as the club look for a long-term successor to Souness but he has no intention of applying for the job full-time.

The 35-year-old, who also said Roeder does not want the post, said: "This is my club, I will always be black-and-white. But let me say here and now that I do not want to be the next manager, the time is not right for me or the club.

"That is not meant as a slight on the club. I am just thinking of what is best for Newcastle United and, right now, it would not be the best thing to have Alan Shearer as manager.

"I have stood up and said that to the players and Glenn has ruled himself of being the permanent boss too. …

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