Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has hinted that he is ready to become the next boss of his former club after admitting a career in management interests him.
"Everyone knows that I've done part of my coaching badges," the 38-year-old said. "Management interests me."
Earlier this week Shearer was tipped by ex-Magpies manager Sir Bobby Robson to bring his "clout" back to the struggling Tyneside club and replace caretaker boss Joe Kinnear.
Former Wimbledon boss Kinnear has been put in charge of team affairs while owner Mike Ashley looks to find a buyer for his club after he was chased out of Toon by protesting fans following the exit of manager, and Geordie favourite, Kevin Keegan last month.
Shearer, United's all-time leading scorer, is on his way to gaining the qualifications which are a prerequisite for aspiring managers in the Premier League - although the likes of Gareth Southgate and Paul Ince were granted exemptions to take the reigns at Middlesbrough and Blackburn Rovers, respectively, without them.
And Shearer has revealed he is already planning a career in management.
"Everyone knows that I've done part of my coaching badges. I haven't done my UEFA Pro Licence which is mandatory but I am going to do it at some stage," he said.
"Management interests me. But I cannot say I would be delighted to come here [Newcastle] because that would be wrong of me. I wouldn't rule anything out. Five days is a long time at this football club."
Shearer went on to warn Newcastle that they face losing the likes of captain Michael Owen if hated owner Ashley continues to keep the club in limbo.
The England striker is in the final year of his contract and Shearer said: "The longer the club is standing still and no one knows what the future holds, the harder it will be to attract players.
"You can't expect a player to sign a three or four-year contract while everything is so uncertain. It is the same with the players who have contracts running out.
"It is so unstable at the present moment you can't blame them for looking elsewhere if their contracts are running out."