He admits he is embroiled in the toughest fight of his career with dire consequences for failure but Alan Shearer seems to be getting the management bug sooner than even he expected.
From the day he walked into Newcastle as a reluctant would-be saviour, Shearer has relished the overall control he has been handed by owner Mike Ashley.
And although he insists any talks about taking over the manager's role permanently are on hold until the club's future is decided, he is putting plans in place which willhave implications beyond this latest fight for survival.
Say it quietly, but Shearer could yet be prepared to turn his back on the BBC and become Newcastle United's permanent manager.
Shearer took the job only on the understanding he would have autonomy and, aware that so much at the club had been left to stagnate and fester, he has addressed issues which were deemed beyond Kevin Keegan's remit from Ashley.
He brought an instant lift to the training ground, where he quickly and joyously donned the boots and tracksuit again, and, to the delight of the players, he has radically changed the medical department. It was no coincidence that his second appointment, after assistant Iain Dowie, was
the return of physio Paul Ferris.