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Shearer on Kinnear: "I was surprised ... when he was announced director"

Former Newcastle United star Alan Shearer says the hours after the transfer window closed, and Newcastle being beaten 3-0 by Sunderland on their own pitch for the second successive season, were factors that could well have led to Joe Kinnear's resignation.

"I shouldn't say I'm surprised but I was surprised in the first place when he was announced director, particularly the way the news was broken when Joe himself announced it on the radio when he got some of the players' names wrong.

"What has he been there now, about seven months? And two players have come in, albeit both players on loan.

"Maybe it's Newcastle's way of trying to say that the performance on Saturday wasn't good enough and why they didn't get any new players in, maybe that's one of the reasons.

"But they can only get players in if there's one man prepared to sign a chequebook."

– Alan Shearer on BBC Radio Five Live

"You just never know what goes on at Newcastle behind closed doors.

"I think we were all surprised because Joe had been out of football for so long. Let's say that we hope he's okay and it's nothing to do with ill-health but it's just bizarre sometimes at Newcastle.

"It's amazing what happens in three or four weeks in football, 3-0 on Saturday hurt everyone and they were second best all over the park on Saturday with a lack of fight and a lack of desire from the players and now it's come to this."

– Alan Shearer on BBC Radio Five Live

Alan Shearer breaks ground on heart unit housing

Breaking ground (from right to left): Alan Shearer, Dr Richard Kirk from the Freeman Hospital and project donor Graham Wylie. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Alan Shearer has broken ground on new family accommodation at the Freeman Hospital. The so-called 'Home from Home' will provide free housing to families with seriously ill children.

Young people from all over the UK can be referred to the Children's Heart Unit at the hospital. Building started this morning on the new £1.9 million facility, which is due to be completed in summer 2014.

The project is a collaboration between The Sick Children's Trust and the Children's Heart Unit Fund.

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Full Report: Paralympian prepares to walk down the aisle

The Paralympian Stephen Miller has prepared for some big days in his time, but perhaps none will be bigger than his wedding.

Stephen and his fiancee Rachel will tie the knot tomorrow on Tyneside.

Alongside the usual arrangements, Stephen has been working towards another goal - getting out of his wheelchair, and walking down the aisle alongside his new wife.

Helen Ford has been to talk to the couple - watch her full report below.

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