SHEARER TURNS DOWN KINNEAR OFFER

Shearer turns down coaching role at Newcastle

November 29, 2008
By Soccernet Staff

Joe Kinnear has revealed Alan Shearer turned down an invitation to join his coaching staff at Newcastle United.

Kinnear is set to continue as Magpies boss until the end of the season but he will not be joined at St James' Park by the former Newcastle captain.

Kinnear said: "I said he'd be welcome to come in any time to give the place a lift and work with our strikers.

"He said it was a very kind offer but he wasn't ready for it yet, and I said, 'That's fine'. There's a possibility I might bring someone else in on the coaching front now.''

Shearer also believes Michael Owen can revive his international career despite the Newcastle striker being out of favour with England boss Fabio Capello.

Owen has not featured for the national team since the 1-0 defeat against France in March in Capello's second match in charge.

The 28-year-old has been injured for part of Capello's reign so does not meet the Italian's strict fitness criteria for international duty.

However, with his omission from the squad for the friendly with Germany, Owen appears not to be part of Capello's plans.

Shearer, though, is adamant Owen - only the fourth player to score 40 goals for England - can regain his place in the national team.

He told the Daily Telegraph: "On the England front, it's a difficult one at the moment, though if it were up to me he would be in my squad, there's no doubt about that.

"But you can't say anything against the England manager because most of the results he has had have been fabulous. But I don't think Michael Owen's international career is over."