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Thursday, January 17, 2008
Shearer waiting for Keegan call

Alan Shearer has insisted new Newcastle United boss Kevin Keegan has not been in touch as he sets out his latest plans for the club.

Speculation has been rife in the wake of the 56-year-old's appointment on Wednesday night that the dream ticket partnership between the two men which proved so popular with fans following Sam Allardyce's departure could become a reality.

However, Shearer, who has let it be known he would have answered the club's call had they turned to him in their hour of need, is adamant he has not yet considered joining the man who paid 15million for him in 1996 back at St James' Park.

'I haven't considered it - I haven't had anything to consider, to be honest,' he told the BBC.

'He is his own man. As I said, I have got tremendous respect for him. I worked with him as a player at Newcastle and with England.

'I am sure he will do well and whoever he brings in, if anyone, it will be for the benefit of the football club.'

Shearer's response was diplomatic as Keegan started the process of assessing just what he will need to do, although he repeated his willingness to talk to the manager if he wants to do so.

He said: 'First and foremost, I don't know whether Kevin wants me as his number two, and I don't know whether I want to be a number two.

'He hasn't been in the job very long. He needs to go into the football club and have a look around and see what he needs, whether he needs to bring his own people in or stick with the people who are already there.

'But if he was to ring me, then of course I would speak to him because I have great respect for him.'

Shearer found himself among the favourites in the betting stakes as Newcastle launched the search for Allardyce's replacement last week.

Sources close to the former striker were quick to rule him out as the club let it be known they were looking for a more experienced man.

However, as he enjoyed a break in Barbados, it emerged that he might after all be interested in the vacant post.

But following Keegan's sensational return last night, he expressed his delight with the appointment and forecast improved fortunes for the the club and its long-suffering supporters.

He said: 'I'm delighted. I was as surprised as a lot of people.

'What he will bring is tremendous enthusiasm, great commitment, and I think he will just bring a spark to the area.

'You have seen the reaction to the game yesterday evening - that's what he has on the area.

'He knows the football club, he knows the people, he knows what they want and he knows that they want a style of play there, they want to be entertained.

'He certainly did that last time he was manager and I am positive he will do the same again.'

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