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Alan Shearer reveals why he didn't want Joey Barton while managing Newcastle

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In between banging in 260 Premier League goals and becoming one of the BBC's top pundits on Match of the Day, it's easy to forget that Alan Shearer was, ever so briefly, Newcastle United's manager.

Now 47-years-old, Shearer is naturally regarded as one of the greatest strikers in Premier League history and he's revered like a god in and around Tyneside.

Even though the Magpies got relegated under his watch back in 2009.

It was an uphill climb from the start for the former England striker with his beloved Magpies in a precarious position before he was announced as the new boss on April 1.

But, it was no 'April Fools', the iconic Alan Shearer really had taken the reigns at St James' Park as Joe Kinnear needed to recover from heart surgery.

Shearer was only able to grab five points out of the remaining 24 available, but many feel that no matter who took charge, the club was doomed that season.

Speaking on the True Geordie podcast, Shearer suggested that several players would turn up late every day and when he threatened to introduce fines for doing so, the Players Football Association shut the idea down.

With the likes of Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Obafemi Martins, Nicky Butt and Fabricio Coloccini, Newcastle had an experienced and proven squad, but precious little legs.

Joey Barton was someone who did have legs in the Newcastle midfield, but Alan Shearer explained why the controversial midfielder only played an hour of football under him. If you want to watch the Youtube clip, skip to about the 01:31:00 mark.

"Yeah, I was angry. Joey was injured for the first four games I was there for - I was there for eight games so Joey was injured for the first four - so I only had him for the last four games and he had legs. We had Kevin Nolan and Nicky Butt in the team who were great professionals, gave everything, but they couldn't get up and down the pitch. Joey could.

"So I said to him about going back to Liverpool and the issues that he'd had there, would he be alright handling the atmosphere there? because he was going to get hammered off the crowd," Shearer said. "And he said 'Yeah, no problem. I won't let you down?' - so we put him in, we started him.

"We were getting beat 3-0, and to be honest, it was a great result - it should have been 10! They hit the post five or six times. We were just about to take him off and then in front of the Kop he sieves Xabi Alonso down - straight red card - suspended for the last three games of the season. So, I had him for 60 minutes," Shearer continued.

"He let me down. He let the club down and then, I just thought it was time to tell him a few home truths and I did in the dressing room. I told him what I thought. Told him what everyone else was thinking and saying and that was it - I never saw him again after that."

Newcastle United's English midfielder Jo

When asked if Barton simply came back Shearer firmly asserted: "No, I didn't want him back."

So, it's very clear. Shearer banished Barton from Newcastle, and it's hard to argue against him.

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