Shearer still eyeing Newcastle return

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Alan Shearer has made it clear he is ready to return as Newcastle United manager amid continued uncertainty surrounding the post.

The former England captain and Newcastle striker took over temporary charge at St James' Park towards the end of last season after Joe Kinnear was forced to step down due to health problems.

Shearer was unable to stop Newcastle's relegation from the top flight but he was hoping to stay in charge on a permanent basis this season.

"I could be the manager if someone comes in, buys the club and wants me as manager," Shearer told the BBC.

"If they want to get the club back up to the Premier League I'd dearly love the chance to finish what I started last season, which was very disappointing."

After relegation from the Premier League last season, the Magpies are in turmoil with no manager, owner Mike Ashley struggling to sell the club and star players leaving.

"As far as I'm aware the club's up for sale, they haven't got a buyer," Big Al continued.

"My last conversation with Mike Ashley was on the Tuesday after we'd been relegated. I told him the players I wanted to keep, the players I thought had to be moved on, and the players I wanted to bring in.

"He said he wasn't going to put any more money into the club, and that is it as far as I'm aware.

"Newcastle's squad was thin last season, and when you consider the players who have gone out, that tells a story.

"They need players quickly and it could be a long, hard season if that doesn't happen."

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