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By ESPN Staff

Shearer backs Roeder for Toon success

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer reacted with delight to the news that Glenn Roeder has been given the go-ahead to manage the Magpies on a full-time basis.

United will unveil Roeder as their new boss on Monday after winning the backing of Premier League chairmen in their bid to appoint him.

The 50-year-old will be presented at a press conference by chairman Freddy Shepherd, whose lobbying since league chiefs granted him permission to seek a vote of approval from his counterparts paid dividends yesterday.

Shepherd has been granted dispensation to appoint Roeder, who guided his side into seventh place in a hugely-successful run at the end of the season which finished on Sunday, despite his lack of a FIFA Pro Licence.

'I think common sense has prevailed and we all hope he does a great job,' Shearer told Sky Sports News.

Roeder has convinced Shepherd he is the right man for the job, and Shearer agrees.

'His record in the last three or four months would suggest that,' added the former England striker.

'He came in first of all and said he didn't want the job, but that's what football does to you.

'He's got the taste of winning and it's a great feeling. He wants more of that and I don't blame him.'

Having assisted former club captain Roeder since February, Shearer - now retired from playing - could form part of the new regime as a full-time coach.

He was reluctant to discuss that issue but did, however, reflect that his relationship with Roeder is very positive.

Shearer added: 'He knows me very well, I know him very well, and we trust each other.

'I'll be coming to watch as many games as I can here over the coming months. It's my club and I want to stay involved with it.'

Newcastle chairman Shepherd, meanwhile, launched a broadside at his critics after winning dispensation to appoint Roeder.

Shepherd was quick to return fire after the League Managers' Association, which had opposed his bid for dispensation, issued a critical statement.

'I am very unhappy at some of the comments coming from the LMA in recent weeks surrounding our efforts to find the right man for the vacant managerial position at Newcastle United,' he told the club's official website.

'Glenn himself was a member of the LMA while at West Ham, and is about to begin the Pro Licence course again, so I find it both disappointing and surprising they should take such a stance.'