ALAN Shearer has agreed to take over as manager of Newcastle United until the end of the season, after answering an SOS call from owner Mike Ashley.
With Joe Kinnear’s recovery from a triple heart bypass operation set to keep him in a backseat role until the start of May, and the Geordies in real danger of losing their Premier League status, Ashley has taken firm and decisive action.
The Magpies slipped into the bottom three following the defeat to Arsenal and are two points adrift with eight games left to play. They have won just one game under caretaker boss Chris Hughton.
Desperate times call for desperate measures and late last night it was confirmed that the Newcastle hierarchy contacted Shearer – who has answered their SOS call.
Shearer, set to be unveiled as manager tomorrow, has agreed to take on the responsibilty of guiding the club to safety, a move which clearly echoes the stunning appointment of Kevin Keegan by former chairman Sir John Hall when the Magpies were in danger of plummeting into what is now League One.
Shearer was unavailable for comment last night, but a source told The Journal earlier this week that Ashley had not ruled out an approach to the Newcastle legend to become manager, if Kinnear did not get the all-clear from doctors to return.
He said: “Alan Shearer would galvanise the entire place. He is the one person out there who could instantly lift the supporters and Mike Ashley knows that.”