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Lee backs ex-teammate Shearer to stay at Newcastle

Rob Lee has backed former teammate Alan Shearer to take the Newcastle United job long-term.

"I certainly think Alan should stay, I think it is the only appointment Mike Ashley can make with the club going down. It reminds me of the situation when I joined in 1992 under Kevin Keegan when we were in the old first division," Lee said.

"The club needs rebuilding, it has needed rebuilding for many years.

"Mike Ashley takes a lot of the blame, but it has been coming for a long time.

"It's disappointing for the club, but in the long term it might be a blessing in disguise, to take one step back to get two steps forward. I hope Alan stays in charge with a long-term contract because it is a long-term thing."

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