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The news that Alan Shearer is in line to become Newcastle United's next boss has been greeted warmly by the League Managers Association...

Although the news that Alan Shearer is set to become the next Newcastle United boss has received mixed reaction, the legendary former striker can rely on the backing of Richard Bevan, the chief executive of the League Managers Association, who declared himself "delighted" with the appointment.

The Tyneside outfit are expected to make an official announcement later today that will confirm Shearer as their full-time boss. In the meantime, there have been numerous prominent figures in the realm of English football who have supported the shock decision.

"I am delighted," Bevan explained to Sky Sports News. "We have the G20 leaders round the corner from here trying to boost the economy and Alan's appointment up in Newcastle will have a similar motivating effect.

"I am sure the Newcastle fans will be ecstatic."

Shearer has little experience in management but Bevan has stated that the 38-year-old is qualified as he has completed all of the coaching badges required to manage in England's top flight.

"Alan went to Newcastle back in 1996," Bevan said. "303 games and 206 goals for Newcastle - he knows exactly what the fans need up there.

"Alan has his B licence and his A licence and is in communication with the FA over his pro license so there are no problems at all there.

"It is a very difficult place to manage and I am sure he will be supporting the existing management team there.”

Alan Dawson, Goal.com

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