Alan Shearer has revealed he is unlikely to manage Newcastle United again after the dismay of not getting the job full-time seven years ago.
Shearer had an eight-game spell in caretaker charge of the Magpies back in 2009, but was unable to stop them from being relegated to the Championship.
He was then in negotiations with owner Mike Ashley and then managing director Derek Llambias about taking on the task of returning the club to the Premier League, but after thinking he had been handed the job over the summer, Newcastle eventually decided not give control to their former striker and appointed Chris Hughton instead.
The Newcastle legend has often been tipped to return to St James’s Park, but that experience left a bad taste in Shearer’s mouth.
Asked on Radio 5Live if he would ever take on the job in the future, Shearer replied: “No.
“I thought I was taking it for the long term last time and for a thousand reasons it did not happen, through no fault of my own. I worked my socks off to get into the position we were in.
“It didn’t work out for me last time but I would not come back into Newcastle. Not yet anyway, not now.”
Shearer is hopeful Rafa Benitez can keep Newcastle in the top flight this season, despite having been parachuted in for a rescue mission similar to he was seven years ago.
The difference is that Benitez has had two extra games, something which the former Toon star believes could make the difference.
He added: “I didn’t have a choice to say no when they came calling.
“I wish I had more time and games. I honestly think I would have kept them up if I’d had two more games.
“They should have got him (Benitez) in earlier. If they’d done that, I don’t think we’d be in this position.”