Former BBC pundit Alan Shearer has reassured Newcastle United fans that he is dedicated to the task at hand following his managerial debut defeat against Chelsea. Shearer has replaced Joe Kinnear in the St. James’ hot-seat and has seven games to rescue his former side from an unimaginable relegation to the Championship, with relegation rivals Stoke City next on the agenda. “I don’t work for the BBC any more,” stressed Shearer. “I work for Newcastle United. I’ve got to try and lift my players and give them confidence. “There’s been enough written and sung about me. That’s all gone now and we can concentrate on why we’re here. “I can understand why people have chanted my name and want me here. But that means nothing to me - I want to be here to save this football club.” Despite his opening game in charge of the Magpies ending in a 2-0 defeat, Shearer remains focused on his job, admitting his emotions on the touchline left him feeling like he was on the pitch with his players. “Put my boots on? Have you seen the speed at which John Terry runs away? Have you seen my legs?" he said. “Yes, you’re kicking every ball. I apologise for my language but I’m probably not the only one this season. It’s very frustrating. The mentality has to change.” NEWS: Shearer: Time to concentrate on why we're here NEWS: Shearer: Magpies must stop conceding silly goals NEWS: Chelsea triumph to burst Shearer bubble NEWS: Shearer: It's not all about me NEWS: Shearer status on the line, warns Waddle NEWS: Shearer: Newcastle have quality to survive NEWS: Gazza backs Shearer to keep Toon in top flight NEWS: Shearer agrees to take control at Toon NEWCASTLE FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Les Ferdinand Q&A Joey Barton One on One Michael Owen, Kevin Keegan, Les Ferdinand, Faustino Asprilla Boy's A Bit Special Steven Taylor, Danny Guthrie Ask A Silly Question John Barnes Perfect XI Ruud Gullit What Happened Next? Tony Cunningham My Secret Vice Nolberto Solano, Sam Allardyce Plus! Rate Newcastle players (and others) on Talentspotter
6 April 2009
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