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Shearer warns Newcastle in dire straits

Newcastle's new boss Alan Shearer is quick to point out that his appointment cannot hide the fact that the Magpies have just eight games to preserve their Premiership status. The Toon are currently 18th in the table, two points from safety, and with just one win in their last 12 games.

"I have to clarify straight away that I don't want this to be about me, it's about this football club," he told the club's official website.

"I was asked to see if I could help them stay in this division and that's why I'm here - I love the football club.

"It's a difficult situation we're in but I believe we can do it.

"We've got a set of players here who, at the minute, are low on confidence and that's my job to try and change that.

"It's not ideal, we have got injuries, but I promise you one thing, we'll give it a good go."

The Newcastle legend has admitted he takes over with the club in real trouble .

"It's a tough situation Newcastle are in and I feel deeply for this club," said Shearer, who has completed all but one of his coaching badges but is still to gain his FIFA Pro Licence and has no managerial experience.

"It's a club I love and I, just like many thousands of people, desperately don't want the club to go down and I will do everything I can to try to prevent that.

"I believe I can help it along with the players, there is a nucleus here that can get this club out of trouble.

"They are very good players lacking confidence and it's up to me and the staff to get the best out of them."

"This is for an eight-game spell, I'm looking no further than that," Shearer told Radio 5 Live.

"Joe Kinnear is in the job at the moment and recovering well from his operation. I'm here for eight games and eight games only and [I aim] to try to keep this team in the Premier League."



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