Alan Shearer arrived at Newcastle's training ground on Thursday morning to begin the task of planning the club's escape from relegation from the Barclays Premier League.
The Magpies' record goalscorer was brought in to take charge for the remaining eight matches of the season with Newcastle currently 18th in the table, two points from safety, and with just one win in their last 12 games.
"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.
"I believe I can help it along with the players, there is a nucleus here that can get this club out of trouble.
"They are very good players lacking confidence and it's up to me and the staff to get the best out of them."
Shearer, who has brought in former Southampton team-mate and ex-QPR manager Iain Dowie to assist him, takes over from caretaker boss Chris Hughton - himself was standing in for Joe Kinnear who is recovering from heart bypass surgery.
Kinnear was brought in after Keegan resigned just eight months into his second spell at the club.
"This is for an eight-game spell, I'm looking no further than that," Shearer told Radio 5 Live.
"Joe Kinnear is in the job at the moment and recovering well from his operation. I'm here for eight games and eight games only and [I aim] to try to keep this team in the Premier League."
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