Alan Shearer unlikely to make management return

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Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has ruled himself out of the possibility of ever returning to management.

The ex-England striker retired from football in 2006 and, other than a disappointing short spell in charge of Newcastle, has focused mostly on a media career since.

"I love my job and know I'm lucky to have it. Could I see myself returning to management? Probably not," he told BBC Newcastle.

It is quite a turnaround for Shearer, who always seemed set on continuing his career in football from the moment he retired, but has clearly settled into life as a regular pundit on BBC's Match of the Day instead.

"First of all, I would say I am enjoying my media work as much as ever," he said. "But also, you have to remember I have been out of the game for over four years now.

"The longer you're out of the game, the more difficult it is to get back in and management is not something I'm looking to do."

The top goalscorer in Newcastle's history began his management career at the Tyneside club in 2009, but after taking over with eight games remaining, could only muster one win and failed to save them from relegation.

And as recently a last year he was putting himself in the frame for the (albeit regularly) vacant managerial position at another of his former clubs, Blackburn Rovers. 

But Shearer has clearly had a change of heart since, and it now seems that his time involved in the day-to-day of football is well and truly behind him. 

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