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Survival not finance concerns Newcastle boss Shearer

Interim Newcastle boss Alan Shearer is concentrating on the three points to try and keep Toon in the Premiership rather than the cost of relegation. Varying estimates suggest the cost of going down to be anywhere from £35million to £65million.

He said: "Funnily enough, at this moment in time, I am not interested in the cash implications.

"I am not important in this, Mike Ashley is not important in this. What is important is the football club.

"That will always be bigger and better than any one individual.

"Hopefully, I am standing on Monday morning talking about Newcastle as a Premier League football club. That's the aim."

Asked if there has been a little too much hype in recent weeks, his answer was unequivocal.

He said: "They are only football matches, are they? Is that all? They are pretty big."

His assessment of the Aston Villa game was equally frank.

He said: "It's bigger than a cup final, a hell of a lot bigger than a cup final.

"I am trying to be as relaxed as possible. Obviously, I live in the city, I am aware of what it means, but also my players are aware of what it means as well.

"We have got one last throw of the dice and we have got to give everything in this particular game and see where we get to.

"I am totally convinced we will get out of it, yes, and I think more importantly, so are my players."

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