Alan Shearer has admitted that Newcastle United do not want him as their next manager because he lacks experience.
The former Newcastle captain believes he could do the job, but the club had told him they wanted an experienced campaigner to succeed Sam Allardyce.
“I got a call from the club to say they were looking for an experienced manager, which ruled me out,” he said.
“If you want someone to galvanise the dressing room, get them organised and playing then I think I could do that.”
Shearer issued what appears to be effectively a “come and get me” plea to Newcastle.
“If they want that and someone with experience then I’m not that man,” the 37-year-old former England captain told The Sun.
“People have talked about me being a number two under an experienced manager.
“But if they are after an experienced manager, which they are, he will no doubt want his own man.
“All I would say is that if someone comes in and wants to talk to me, I would be willing to help in any way I can.”