Alan Shearer's response when asked whether he would return as Newcastle manager

Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer says he has no plans to return to Newcastle as manager in the future.

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has told BBC Sport that he wouldn't return to St. James' Park as the club's manager.

The Magpies beat Swansea City 3-0 on Saturday, and picked up a well-earned point with a 1-1 draw against Manchester City on Tuesday evening, strengthening their chances of Premier League survival.

Now just two points away from safety, Newcastle have been given renewed hope - and much of that is down to the appointment of manager Rafael Benitez.

The Spaniard is a world-class manager who has already made a huge impression at Tyneside, but questions remain over his long-term future at the club.

It's widely anticipated that, if Newcastle suffer relegation to the Championship, Benitez will leave Newcastle and end his short-term stay with the club, but if they stay up, the former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss will look to build something special at St. James' Park.

With that situation well known among Newcastle fans, one Magpies supporter asked former boss and club legend Alan Shearer whether he would return to manage the club.

Shearer, 45, took charge of the club for almost two months towards the end of the 2008-09 season, but with just one win from eight games, he couldn't keep the club in the Premier League, and he left following their relegation to the Championship.

Still a popular figure at Newcastle thanks to his playing career and his support for the club, Shearer has been asked whether he would return as manager - but told BBC Sport that he has no plans to do so any time soon.

"I thought I was taking it for the long term last time and for a thousand reasons it did not happen," said Shearer. "But I would not come back into Newcastle. Not yet anyway," he added.

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