Shearer Set To Be Appointed Newcastle Caretaker
Rovers legend Alan Shearer is set to be appointed as Newcastle manager until the end of the season.
The former Rovers and Magpies striker, 38, has been penned in for a caretaker manager role that has often been rumoured in the past.
Shearer would replace former interim manager Joe Kinnear who is struggling with ill health.
At the moment borderline useless coach Chris Hughton is in charge.
With Hughton in temporary charge, Newcastle have slipped into the relegation zone and are third from bottom of the Premier League.
Kevin Gallacher, who played alongside Shearer at Rovers, told BBC Radio 5 Live - 'It's a surprise appointment - it's thrown me a googly to say the least.
'Obviously with Joe being out unwell something had to happen. You're just hoping that with all the hype that's going to follow the team is going to pick it up. Not all great players make great managers but Alan has a great football brain.
The fans will be out celebrating as soon as they hear the news. Alan is so high on the pedestal at Newcastle'
'Players always need a leader and now Alan's there he'll command the respect of the players. He has eight games to pick them up, starting with Chelsea, and that's a tough order. The fans will be out celebrating as soon as they hear the news. Alan is so high on the pedestal at Newcastle.'
April fools or a suprise story?