Shearer willing to be number 2 to Kev?

January 17, 2008

Alan Shearer is ready to talk to Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan about the possibility of becoming his number two.

The club's record goalscorer, who retired in 2006, had been mooted as a possible successor to Sam Allardyce before Keegan made his sensational return to St James' Park yesterday.

Magpies fans are still dreaming of the double-team of Geordie legends - and Shearer refused to rule out the possibility.

The former England captain said on BBC1: 'First and foremost, I'm not so sure he's thought about it. He's his own man.

'If he were to ring me and ask to speak to me, I would certainly speak to him. I'd be foolish not to.

'I was never really a serious possibility (for the manager's job) because they were looking for experience.'

However, he added: 'I haven't really seen myself as a number two.'

Shearer is still keen to manage Newcastle at some stage, but hopes Keegan, who previously bossed United from 1992-97, is successful enough to delay that eventuality for some time to come.

'It remains an ambition to manage it some day - when that will be I don't know,' he continued.

'I hope and pray that he (Keegan) does well because I'm a fan at the end of the day.

'The place will be rocking.

'The fans have what they want. They want entertainment, passion and commitment, and they haven't seen it of late.

'They will go forward and score goals and I'm sure they will concede a few.

'I was surprised (by the appointment) but Newcastle have that power in his (Keegan's) heart. He wants to do so well for them.

'He failed to win a trophy for them last time but you can bet your bottom dollar he will try to win one this time.'