Alan Shearer has admitted saving his beloved Newcastle would be the biggest achievement of his glittering career in football.
The 38-year-old will send out his team at Stoke on Saturday with just seven games of the Premier League season remaining and knowing their plight is fast becoming critical.
Asked if saving his home-town club is the biggest challenge of his career to date, he replied: "Most definitely, the biggest, without a doubt the biggest challenge."
He added: "We are in a very, very tough situation and we have got a hell of a lot of work to do.
"But I am still confident we can do it."
Asked further if a successful conclusion to his mission would represent his biggest achievement, he added: "Without a doubt, yes."
Shearer, who was appointed manager at St James' Park until the end of the season last week, knows time is quickly running out and that a positive result at the Britannia Stadium this weekend is a must.
He said: "It's imperative, it really is. We are going there to try to get three points.
"Now, that might change depending on the game. We have got a late kick-off, so we will know other results around us, but we are going there with the intention of trying to get three points.
"We need three points, put it that way."
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