Roeder hits out at LMA

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Newcastle's caretaker manager Glenn Roeder has hit back at The League Managers' Association for their part in preventing him becoming the new boss at St James' Park.

The Magpies recently moved to try and appoint the former West Ham boss on a full-time basis but their attempts were thwarted by the Premier League whose regulations prohibit appointing a manager who does not hold the necessary pro-licence qualifications.

Roeder had hoped to be given the green light to assume the reins at the club and then attend the relevant courses during the course of his tenure.

Those hopes have since been quashed and Roeder is disappointed by what he called the 'lobbying' of The LMA which may have led to the Premier League's refusal.

"The Premier League did not agree with the reasons the club put forward of taking the pro-licence while I was manager of the club," Roeder told Sky Sports.

"What hasn't helped either is the lobbying from the LMA. I usually keep my counsel but to say the least it has surprised me but that's their decision if they want to go down that road."

Meanwhile, Alan Shearer could be set for an ambassadorial role with his hometown club.

The legendary striker has hung up his boots and is now looking forward to spending more time with his family.

However, the former England international revealed that negotiations are ongoing with the club over a possible future involvement and an announcement could be made before his testimonial on Thursday.

Shearer confirmed: "There are discussions - I think there might be an ambassadorial role somewhere along the line but there's still a few days to talk about that between now and my testimonial on Thursday."