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Can Shearer save Newcastle?
It sounds like an April Fool’s joke but apparently it’s true: Alan Shearer looks set to be confirmed as caretaker manager of Newcastle United until the end of the season.
Now, Newcastle could certainly do with a touch of inspiration as they bid to preserve the top flight status they have held since winning promotion back to the top tier in 1993.
But is Shearer up to the job of becoming the club’s latest saviour? He certainly faces a steep learning curve if he is indeed to become Newcastle’s fourth manager of the season.
Newcastle have eight Premier League matches remaining this season, starting with a home match against Chelsea on Saturday.
Can the 15 million pound man who scored 206 goals in 404 appearances for Newcastle transfer that record of success on the field to his new role? And if he does keep them up, should he sign up for the long haul?
FILE PHOTO: Newcastle United’s captain Alan Shearer looks on following the final whistle his testimonial match against Celtic at St James’ Park in Newcastle, May 11, 2006. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis