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Shearer not thinking about the drop
Published : 23 May 2009 08:45:00
Alan Shearer has refused even to contemplate the prospect of relegation as he prepares for a final-day showdown with Aston Villa. Newcastle will run out at Villa Park knowing defeat will send them back into the Football League after 16 years, while even a draw or a victory would not be enough to keep them up should Hull match their result at home to Manchester United. The implications would be massive for a club which twice finished as Premier League runners-up during the 1990s. However, Shearer, who will be kept fully informed of developments elsewhere in the dug-out, remains convinced they will retain their top-flight status, and will not countenance the alternative. He said: "No. I can't, I won't think about that. I will be as positive as possible and my players will be, and we will see what happens."