Super Al arrives to save Newcastle

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In a sensational move, Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has turned to Alan Shearer to save the club from Premier League relegation.

The former Toon hero will be helped by his big pal — former team-mate Robert Lee, who will come in as coach.

Newcastle would confirm Shearer's appointment on Wednesday and present him to the media on Thursday, Sky Sports News reported on Tuesday night.

Former boss Joe Kinnear is currently recovering from triple heart bypass surgery and the Magpies has slipped back into the relegation zone in his absence.

Newcastle are 18th in the Premier League standings and disgruntled players have been calling for a figure of authority to haul them out of the mire.

Coach Chris Hughton is considered too soft for the job and Shearer - the man the Toon Army have been dreaming about since he hung up his boots in 2006 - has been given the last eight matches of the season to work a football miracle.

The 38-year-old, Newcastle's record signing and all-time leading scorer, was hugely popular with Magpies fans but he has no coaching experience.

The former England has always said he would wait for his chance, that he was not ready to take over as manager of the club which remains so deep in his heart.

But it seems Shearer just cares too much to do nothing.

"Alan has always turned down approaches to take on any coaching role at the club before," a Toon insider told The Sun. "But this is a serious situation and everyone realises drastic measures are required.

"Alan, more than anyone, does not want to see Newcastle relegated."

Shearer’s first game in charge will be Saturday's clash with high-flying Chelsea at St James’ Park.

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