Interim Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear has invited Alan Shearer to begin his coaching career under him.
Shearer is seen by many as the man-in-waiting for the job at St James' Park if a new owner comes in, however, Kinnear has insisted he would be delighted if the 38-year-old wanted to cut his teeth at the club.
"I have the utmost respect for Shearer. The door is always open and if he is listening to this interview, he is more than welcome to learn his trade here," Kinnear told Football Focus.
"I would be delighted if he wanted to come here two days a week and see for himself what football is all about.
"From Alan's point of view, he will be looking more for the future than right now because right now is a difficult time to come in also in terms of injuries. Maybe he is biding his time."
Shearer, however, famously turned down the opportunity to work with Kevin Keegan after his appointment in January, and Kinnear's offer is likely to be met with a similar response.
The 61-year-old Kinnear has made no secret of the fact he would like the job on a permanent basis, and still does not know how long he will remain at the club on his current month-by-month deal.
However, he knows exactly where Shearer and Keegan, who has been linked with a return to the job he vacated in September under a new regime, stand in the affection's of the club's supporters.
He said: "I have just got on with things. They are two idols that everybody loves up here, so I'm never going to be as popular as those two, and I'm not trying to be.
"I am aware of the situation and can handle it."
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