Kinnear open to role for Shearer

The door is open for Shearer – Kinnear

Newcastle United boss Joe Kinnear says Alan Shearer is “more than welcome” to work at St James’ Park.

Shearer has been continually linked with a Newcastle return and admitted in September he would like to be manager.

Kinnear, whose talks with owner Mike Ashley about his own future have been delayed, told the BBC’s Football Focus: “I have the utmost respect for Shearer.

“The door is always open and if he is listening to this interview he is more than welcome to learn his trade here.”

Kinnear added: “I would be delighted if he wanted to come here two days a week and see for himself what football is all about.

“From Alan’s point of view he will be looking, more for the future than right now.

“Because right now is a difficult time to come in also in terms in injuries. Maybe he is biding his time.”


Kinnear was named the interim Newcastle boss on 26 September following Kevin Keegan’s exit.

But Shearer, who scored 206 goals in 404 appearances, has been consistently linked with taking the job on a permanent basis – with Keegan, another Geordie idol, also tipped for a return.

However, Kinnear said he was not worried by the speculation.

“I have just got on with things,” he said.

“They are two idols that everybody loves up here, so I’m never going to be as popular as those two and I’m not trying to be. I am aware of the situation and can handle it.”

In the meantime, the current Newcastle boss is busy considering player recruitment.

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“We need two players in as soon as possible, and I have them in mind,” he said.

“One is with Roma and isn’t in the team at the moment. The other has already scored against us this season.”

Following Kinnear’s substantial clue about a Roma player, one man who has been heavily linked is John Arne Riise.

The 28-year-old Norwegian former Liverpool star left Anfield for Roma over the summer but having played regularly, he may not be on Newcastle’s wanted list.

By contrast, French defender Philippe Mexes has made fewer appearances and was recently reported to be in talks with AC Milan, as Roma try to offload star players to service their debts.

Kinnear’s other clue, about a player who has scored against Newcastle this season, does little to narrow down the list of possibilities.

It has been suggested that Arsenal’s 20-year-old midfielder Denilson is Kinnear’s target as he scored in the Gunners’ 3-0 win earlier this season, but 23 players have scored against Newcastle this term.

Kinnear had initially expected to be in charge at the Tyneside club for a matter of weeks but, with the news that talks with owner Ashley will no longer take place after Saturday’s game against Chelsea, has settled in for a longer haul.

“I have already got my shortlist ready and I will be giving it to Mike,” said the 61-year-old.

“I know their agents and what they would be is loan deals from January until the end of the season. I already know the player in Rome would cost us £2m to bring over here.

“We need to strengthen the team and the squad and, if we can get them, they would be a big boost because both are top-class players.”