Shearer seeks top achievement
Alan Shearer insists guiding Newcastle to Premier League safety would represent his finest hour. The former England striker enjoyed a distinguished playing career, making a name for himself as one of the deadliest strikers on the planet. He won countless international caps, broke endless records and won a Premier League title during his days at Blackburn. However, the man charged with preserving Newcastle's top flight status insists he would trade all those achievements for survival on Sunday. "Definitely, 100 per cent. Definitely," he said. "It would be everything. It would be bigger than anything. Bigger than winning the title, bigger than captaining England, which was the biggest thing in my playing career. "I remember everything about winning the title with Blackburn at Anfield. "But avoiding relegation on Sunday (against Aston Villa) would top that. It would be because of the season we have had. "It has only gone on for me for eight weeks, but it has been an incredible eight weeks." Issue Shearer could yet be handed the reins at St James' Park on a full-time basis, but he insists he has not allowed his attention to turn to next season just yet. He admits changes need to be made in order to bring some stability to the North East outfit, but maintains that any financial or contractual issues must be put aside until Premier League safety is secured. "I can't allow myself to think about it. It would be wrong of me to do so," Shearer added. "The financial side is not important today but it will be on Monday morning. Whoever is in charge, investment needs to be there. "That is another issue to be talked about with whoever is in charge next season. I am sure that will be talked about next week. "I will have a meeting with Mike (Ashley) next week and see what is best for the club. "It is a fantastic football club. Yes, huge mistakes have been made. But we have one last chance to rectify that."
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