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'Hurt' Shearer calls for change
Published : 24 May 2009 18:50:40
Alan Shearer could not hide his anguish after he was unable to save Newcastle United from relegation. The Magpies' 1-0 loss at Aston Villa confirmed their demotion to the Championship, ending their 16-year stay in the Premier League. Tyneside legend Shearer was drafted in to oversee the club after Joe Kinnear was struck down with illness, but the former Newcastle striker managed just one win in eight games in charge. Shearer confirmed he has yet to be offered the job on a permanent basis and said that he remains unsure if he would accept the position. He told Sky Sports: "First and foremost, I have not been offered the job. I love this football club. Ask me that in a few days. I have not even thought about it. "Whoever comes in has got a hell of a big job on their hands." The ex-England international went on to call for an overhaul of the troubled club, admitting he had no qualms over their relegation. He said: "It is the worst feeling, to be honest. It is painful, it hurts. "It has been an experience for me and I have enjoyed it in a weird sort of way. But we've got no complaints. "I can't say that we came here and we were unlucky today or the season. We went down because we weren't good enough over 38 games. "Big changes need to be made at the football club. Players need to go out players need to come in. "In my opinion it needs root and branch surgery from top to bottom. There is big changes that need to be made. "We had chances in the first half but didn't take them. When that happens you get punished. We weren't a threat in the second half. "I have just said to them in there in the dressing room, 'You can make all the excuses you like, all of us have not been good enough'."