Alan Shearer thought he had Newcastle job


Alan Shearer has revealed he thought he had reached agreement to stay on as Newcastle United boss following their relegation from the Premier League.

Shearer, the club's all-time leading goalscorer, was unable to save the Magpies from the drop after being handed the managerial reins for the final eight games of the 2008/09 season.

He went for talks with owner Mike Ashley following confirmation of relegation and left the meeting believing he would still be at the helm for the next campaign.

However, a few weeks later Ashley opted to make first-team coach Chris Hughton his new caretaker manager.

"I thought I had the job at Newcastle," Shearer told BBC Radio 5 Live."We had got relegated and I had sat down with the appropriate guys and we had agreed everything. Then two days later…

"I have not spoken to them since. I rang someone up and he didn't know what was going on and I never got a phone call after that."

Speaking about a possible return to the St James' Park hot-seat, Shearer admitted he would be open to the possibility but not while Ashley remains in charge of the Magpies.

He added:"I absolutely loved my time at Newcastle, despite what happened.

"I have never, ever worked so hard in my life and my kids have never seen so little of me, but I loved the challenges that it brought and yes, if the right one came along, then I would seriously look at it."

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