Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Shearer Stripped of Newcastle Role; Former Captain No Longer Wanted as Ambassador

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Shearer Stripped of Newcastle Role; Former Captain No Longer Wanted as Ambassador

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Byline: Luke Edwards

ALAN Shearer has been stripped off his ambassadorial role at Newcastle United following his criticism of the club's board over their handling of the Kevin Keegan fiasco.

Not content with forcing a Geordie Messiah out of the club he loves, it seems the United hierarchy have now attacked another local legend following his thinly veiled attack on the club's management structure in the media last week.

Shearer has been an ambassador for the club he used to captain since his retirement two years ago and has also taken coaching sessions at the club's training ground under Keegan.

But The Journal understands Shearer has been told he is no longer required to perform such a role after he responded to speculation linking him as a possible replacement for Keegan by labelling Dennis Wise's position as executive director (football) "dangerous".

Shearer was adamant he would never work under such a management structure if he became a manager and has made no attempt to hide his sympathy for Keegan's plight during interviews on BBC's Football Focus and Match of the Day.

Another former Newcastle player and team-mate of Shearer, John Beresford, has also been told he is no longer required to help entertain corporate guests. The left back has also been openly critical of the way Keegan was treated by the board.

The news of Shearer and Beresford's shoddy treatment was another public relations disaster for owner Mike Ashley, who appeared to have regained some favour with supporters last night following the release of a statement in which he revealed he has put the club up for sale.

It is not known who made the brutal decision to axe Shearer and Beresford, but Ashley has still, as with so much that has gone on in recent weeks, allowed it to happen and that will further incense supporters still seething at the treatment of Keegan.

Ashley's declaration the club is for sale at the right price is likely to attract the interest of several overseas groups, while it is not beyond the realms of possibility former chairman Freddie Shepherd could attempt to put together a consortium to retake control of the club. …

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