Alan Shearer thought he had Newcastle job

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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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