Shearer: Time to concentrate on why we're here

Newcastle manager Alan Shearer spoke of the need to address the task in hand after seeing his first game in charge end in defeat against Chelsea. The Magpies remain 18th, in the relegation zone and three points adrift of safety, after Saturday’s 2-0 loss, and Shearer was all too aware of the need for focus. “Time to concentrate on what we’re here for,” he said. “I want to be here to save this football club.” And the defeat to Guus Hiddink's high-fliers failed to dampen Shearer’s day as he took the reins of the club he loves. “I enjoyed it,” he said. “ I didn’t enjoy coming away with nothing and then walking into the dressing-room, but that’s part of the job I was well aware of.” But Newcastle’s record scorer waved away light-hearted suggestions that he could return as a player to aid his side's goal-shy forward line. “Have you seen my knees?” he joked, “It’s very different, very frustrating. But I can’t wait to get back in with them, to see where we get.” NEWS: Shearer fully focused on Magpies mission 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’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