Alan Shearer the 'perfect appointment' for Newcastle says Derek Llambias
26 May 2009 01:10
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Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias spoke out as the club entered talks with Shearer over a four-year contract as manager less than 48 hours after St James' Park lost its Premier League status.
Shearer has been offered a four-year contract to re-build the club and owner Mike Ashley is hoping his appointment can be confirmed at a press conference at the stadium on Thursday.
Llambias, who runs the club on a day-to-day basis for sport retail tycoon Ashley, has insisted that former Newcastle and England skipper Shearer is the ideal man to lead the club from the Championship back into top-flight football.
His appointment would remove uncertainty around the club because his own short-term contract as well as that of previous manager Joe Kinnear have now expired which renders the club managerless.
'We want him (Shearer) to be the manager 110 per cent,' Llambias said. 'He's very good at what he does and he's a straight-talking guy – we like that.
'He'd be the perfect appointment. Talks will start today and we are going to review the situation.
'We are trying to sort something and we'll give the public some information as soon as possible.
'Alan has put a lot of work into the job at Newcastle and we're talking to him now.'
Llambias will be charged with slashing the club's wage bill with almost all the senior squad effectively up for sale with the exception of centre-half Steven Taylor and goalkeeper Steve Harper as they prepare for life outside the Premier League.
'We've still got some good players here as well, but it is between ourselves and Alan what happens here at the moment,' Llambias added.
'We can't talk too much about any of that at the moment until we know what direction we are going.'
Shearer knows the club must act quickly to prepare for the new season with the fixture list out on June 17 and the new campaign starting on Saturday, August 8.
The Newcastle players have been told by Shearer to report back for pre-season training on Wednesday, July 1.