Alan Shearer has predicted that Newcastle United will improve this season, though after the near relegation of last season he says that wouldn’t be too difficult.

The Newcastle legend says that he rates Steve McClaren as both a coach and a manager, his worry though is just how much freedom the new boss will be given by Mike Ashley.

On that same subject of how much control the new Head Coach will have, Alan Shearer fears that United could still slide into potential trouble if one or two players end up being sold from under him.

Like the rest of us though, the former number nine hopes that McClaren and his team throw everything at trying to lift a trophy.

Alan Shearer speaking to BBC Sport:

“Newcastle will improve, having said that it shouldn’t be too difficult.

“Steve McClaren is a good coach and a good manager but I hope he’s allowed to manage and coach.”

Change of policy?:

“Let’s be realistic, Newcastle are not going to finish in the top four. There’s only two things Newcastle are going to win and that’s the League Cup and the FA Cup.

“I would dearly love to see them have a go in one of them and play their strongest team. Let’s hope that changes.”

Newcastle to sell?:

“Those three (the promoted teams) will struggle, but Leicester might, Aston Villa might because of the players they’ve sold, and Sunderland.

“And dare I say it, if Newcastle have signed two or three players that would worry me because they might just go out and sell one or two as well.”