Newcastle legend plays down a return to St James’ Park: Can anyone blame him?!

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Joe Kinnear is interim manager of the Magpies and he’s got a tough old job on his hands after watching his team perform badly during their 2-1 reverse against Blackburn. The team were especially poor during the first half of the match and, despite rumours of an imminent takeover, the threat of relegation from the Premier League is a very real one at the moment.

It’s therefore little wonder that Alan Shearer has once again distanced himself from the St James’ Park hotseat, despite being the supporters’ overwhelming choice (along with Kevin Keegan). The BBC reports that the Tyneside legend would seemingly rather stick pins in his eyes than relinquish his cushy number at the moment; where he sits on a sofa and makes dull comments about Premier League action.

“There is no truth in that whatsoever. I don’t know where that’s come from at all,” Shearer told Match of the Day.

He also expressed shock at Kinnear’s appointment, adding the ex-Forest boss looked “embarrassed” to be in the job.

“I was as surprised as anyone was that Joe was appointed,” said the 38-year-old former England captain.

“He looks embarrassed a little bit himself, but it’s a great opportunity for him. They can’t get any worse, it’s a no-lose situation.”

Newcastle travel to Everton on Sunday, desperately needing a win, simply in order to restore some confidence among the team. They are one of the worst-performing teams in the Premier League right now, their squad is nothing to write home about and unless they find a genine buyer willing to invest some cash into the club, there may be trouble ahead for United.

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