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Today's match in Dublin was meant to prepare Newcastle for the Championship. Instead, the mess only gets worse.

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Owen backs Shearer for Newcastle

Departing Newcastle striker Michael Owen is backing former team-mate Alan Shearer's bid to become the club's permanent manager.

The Last Word: Black-and-white comedy starring the Loony Toons

Sitting in the sun in the Don Robson Pavilion at the Riverside eight days ago, it was sometime approaching lunch when the f-word was finally mentioned. Traditionally, the Chester-le-Street ground is something of a bantering chamber for the folk who spend their summer Saturdays watching Durham at cricket and the rest of the year following the fortunes of Newcastle United and Sunderland. Despite the Wearside location, there tends to be an even-ish split of numbers and replica shirts. And the points-scoring jibes can last as long as the day's play. Not last Saturday.

Shearer could become Newcastle boss ahead of takeover

Alan Shearer could be installed as Newcastle manager before a takeover is completed.

Mystery surrounds Newcastle bidders

Mystery surrounded claims a north-east businessman is ready to launch a £150m takeover for Newcastle.

Newcaste buyers step up interest

The Singapore-based Profitable Group have made formal contact with the people charged with the task of selling Newcastle.

Shearer left in limbo as sale plans stall

Newcastle United remain managerless three weeks before the squad is due to return to pre-season training. Another 24 hours passed without Alan Shearer receiving a call from club owner Mike Ashley to say that he is or is not wanted on a permanent basis.

Ashley puts entire Newcastle squad up for sale

The entire playing staff at Newcastle United was put up for sale yesterday, owner Mike Ashley having appointed agents to arrange as many transfers as quickly as possible. The development will be seen as another sign that Ashley is withdrawing from the idea of appointing Alan Shearer as full-time manager at St James' Park.

Newcastle fans demand Shearer appointment

Newcastle fans have urged Mike Ashley to appoint Alan Shearer as manager as he attempts to offload the club for £100m.

Barton wants to stay at Newcastle

Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton is eager to stay with the club following their relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

Ashley and Shearer to learn bankers' verdict

Alan Shearer is expected to hear news on his future at Newcastle United today.

Omani interest in Newcastle played down by City sources

While speculation on Tyneside yesterday continued to focus on a possible Newcastle United takeover by an unknown group from Oman, City of London insiders close to the sale of the club indicated that this may not be the case.

I did not make salary demands, says Shearer

Alan Shearer last night issued a statement regarding reports that he made huge salary "demands" during his discussions last week with the owner of Newcastle United, Mike Ashley, about becoming the club's manager.

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