Soccer

Newcastle turns to Shearer as coach: report

Alan Shearer will take charge of Newcastle until the end of the season in an attempt to keep the Magpies in the English Premier League, Sky Sports News reported Tuesday.

Alan Shearer will take charge of Newcastle until the end of the season in an attempt to keep the club in the English Premier League, Sky Sports News reported Tuesday.

The former England captain had turned down several approaches to take a coaching role with the team he represented for 10 years, but Sky Sports said he would become manager in place of Joe Kinnear.

Kinnear was only a temporary appointment in September, when he stepped in for Kevin Keegan until the end of the season, but he needed heart surgery in February and the club has slipped back into the relegation zone in his absence.

Shearer, Newcastle's record signing and all-time leading scorer, was still hugely popular with Magpies fans, but has worked for the British Broadcasting Corp. since he retired in 2006 and has no coaching experience.

He has just eight matches left to get the points to keep Newcastle out of the relegation zone.

The Magpies have 29 points from 30 matches and sit 18th of 20 teams, two points below 17th-place Blackburn.

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