Alan Shearer admits he has been contacted by takeover consortiums looking to get him on board.

In a similar revelation to Kevin Keegan, Shearer said that most of the groups turned out to be nothing more than expressions of interest and "nothing concrete" was behind them.

Talking to the Athletic, Shearer also spoke about Steve Bruce and his relationship with the Newcastle head coach - and why the current problems are the reason why he didn't want him to take the job.

On the takeover, Shearer reaffirmed that he thinks a "change in ownership" is required - even if he wants to see silence on the matter until it breaks.

"Kevin Keegan talked about this in our recent interview and the same sort of thing has happened to me," he said.

"Over the years, people claiming to be buying the club or exploring the possibility have got in contact and asked if I would be interested, but there’s never been anything concrete behind it. I don’t really take any of them seriously. What I would like is to hear nothing more until a takeover actually happens. A change of ownership would be better for everyone.

On Bruce and the relegation problems, he said: "I didn’t think we were in a relegation battle until a couple of weeks ago, but Fulham have had a fantastic spell — you have to give them and Scotty Parker great credit — and Newcastle haven’t.

"This situation is precisely the reason I didn’t want Steve to take the job in the first place. It’s not impossible or impossible circumstances, but it’s very, very difficult.

"It’s a very difficult club, full stop. I’ve been there and done it, albeit for a limited time. I know how they operate and I didn’t want Steve to be part of it. Having said that, I took it all those years ago. I felt the pull. And so I can’t be a hypocrite and criticise him for wanting to have a go.

"When we speak it’s never about tactics or about players or anything like that. I don’t think that would particularly help. I don’t even want to speak about that stuff with him."