Shearer fully focused on on-field matters
Alan Shearer is not even considering the financial cost of relegation from the Barclays Premier League as he attempts to drag Newcastle back from the brink of disaster. The 38-year-old, who answered his hometown club's SOS call with just eight games of a traumatic season remaining, will send his team out at Aston Villa on Sunday praying they can get a better result than Hull do at home to Manchester United to save themselves. The alternative is simply unthinkable: varying estimates suggest the cost of going down to be anywhere from £35million to £65million which will do untold damage to the value of a business in which owner Mike Ashley has invested a total of around £250million in his two years at the helm. However, money will be the last thing on Shearer's mind as he seeks to preserve Newcastle's status and restore some pride. He said: "Funnily enough, at this moment in time, I am not interested in the cash implications. I am not important in this, Mike Ashley is not important in this. What is important is the football club. "That will always be bigger and better than any one individual. Hopefully, I am standing on Monday morning talking about Newcastle as a Premier League football club. That's the aim."
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