Shearer claims Keegan still the right man for Newcastle

But how many of the Toon Army would agree with him right now? It’s been over three months since the Magpies last won a league game and, in fairness, they’re unlikely to change that statistic at St Andrews this evening. The Daily Telegraph report that Alan Shearer is keeping the faith with King Kev, stressing that the Newcastle gaffer can still turn things around at the club.

“I don’t see any reason how he can be in danger,” Shearer said. “The owner [Mike Ashley] and chairman have put their faith in Kevin. He is – and was – the right choice and he will take the club forward providing the owner gives him the funds. There is no point in appointing him if they are not prepared to do that.

“I think he went into it knowing they had a difficult run of fixtures and that confidence was at an all-time low. Put those two together and it is bad situation.”

“I still believe and maintain they won’t go down,” Shearer added on Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme. “They need a result against Birmingham, because it has been a long time since they won.

“They have three crucial home games and we will know more after those.

“It [speculation about Keegan’s future] is nonsense, but no one can stop that until they go out and get results.”

Shearer had previously described the Magpies match against Blackburn as ‘must win’ before they lost it 1-0. It just doesn’t seem as though Newcastle are good enough to compete away from home at the moment, with heavy defeats occurring at Villa Park and Anfield recently. Can they pull something out of the bag on Monday evening?

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