Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Big Al on the Air; Shearer Tells How He Thought He Had Landed Toon Manger's Job Full Time

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Big Al on the Air; Shearer Tells How He Thought He Had Landed Toon Manger's Job Full Time

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Byline: ALASTAIR CRAIG ; ADAM JUPP

TOON legend Alan Shearer has revealed he thought he had the Magpies manager's job in the immediate aftermath of relegation.

The Gosforth-born striker spoke to an audience last night at the special BBC Radio 5 Live, A Night With Alan Shearer event at Newcastle's Centre For Life.

He spoke for the first time of his dealings with owner Mike Ashley in the weeks and months after the Toon plummeted to the Championship.

Shearer had been parachuted in for the final eight games of the 2008-09 season but his side recorded only one win and two draws and fell out of the top flight.

But as owner Mike Ashley plotted the way forward, Shearer was called in for talks and left convinced the job was his before the sportswear tycoon opted for Chris Hughton in a caretaker capacity once again.

He said: "I thought I had the job at Newcastle.

"We had got relegated and I had sat down with the appropriate guys and we had agreed everything. Then two days later...

"I have not spoken to them since. I rang someone up and he didn't know what was going on, and I never got a phone call after that."

Shearer admitted he could not see himself returning to St James' Park under the current regime but hugely enjoyed his brief spell in charge.

He said: "I absolutely loved my time at Newcastle, despite what happened.

"I have never, ever worked so hard in my life and my kids have never seen so little of me, but I loved the challenges that it brought and, yes, if the right one came along, then I would seriously look at it."

Ashley's decision not to appoint Shearer brought yet another wave of fury from the club's fans at the time, although the former Newcastle and England captain insists the owner is entitled to run the club however he feels.

He said: "You have got to look at the guy and think, 'Hang on a minute, he has put a hell of a lot of money into Newcastle United, so he is entitled to do what he wants to do'.

"If you are spending pounds 150m, pounds 200m, pounds 250m on something, then you are going to want to call the shots and he is doing that.

"You can't say anything against him for that, but I don't know what his plans are. …

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