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Newcastle winger Damien Duff admits some of his team-mates at St James' Park did not care if the club got relegated to the Coca-Cola Championship.

Duff, who is prepared to stay to get the club back into the Barclays Premier League, wants Alan Shearer to be appointed manager and believes the man who took them down clearly knows which players were not putting in a shift to keep them in the top flight.

"There will obviously be a massive clear-out, there are budgets in the Championship and also I'm sure the gaffer knows who cares about the club and who stays, who's going work to get out of the Championship," Duff said. "He knows that already."

He added: "There is only one man to get us back up and that is Alan Shearer. I'm sure it'll be him and I'm sure he'll take the job."

With Duff admitting Newcastle will have to take budgets into consideration, his situation could become uncertain as he is a high earner - but he is adamant he wants to stay.

"From a Newcastle point of view, the aim is to come straight back up," the 30-year-old said. "They belong in the Premier League so it is just one season in the Championship hopefully.

"I haven't really looked into it but I've done two years in the Championship before with Blackburn. Why not?"

Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has hinted that a stint in the second tier of English football would not harm Duff's international hopes.

Trapattoni said: "He is a great player and the great players are great players, in Ireland, in Newcastle, yesterday or tomorrow."

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