Shearer focus on survival

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Newcastle's new manager Alan Shearer insists the euphoria on Tyneside surrounding his appointment should not gloss over the club's perilous future.

Shearer arrived at United's training ground to begin the task of planning the club's escape from relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

"I have to clarify straight away that I don't want this to be about me, it's about this football club," he told

"I was asked to see if I could help them stay in this division and that's why I'm here - I love the football club.

"It's a difficult situation we're in but I believe we can do it.

"We've got a set of players here who, at the minute, are low on confidence and that's my job to try and change that.

"It's not ideal, we have got injuries, but I promise you one thing, we'll give it a good go."

Shearer has admitted he takes over with the club in real trouble but said that was what persuaded to take the job when it was offered by owner Mike Ashley at the weekend.

"It's a tough situation Newcastle are in and I feel deeply for this club," said Shearer, who has completed all but one of his coaching badges but is still to gain his FIFA Pro Licence and has no managerial experience.

"It's a club I love and I, just like many thousands of people, desperately don't want the club to go down and I will do everything I can to try to prevent that."

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