Shearer turns to Sir Bobby to halt slide

ALAN SHEARER admits he is seeking advice from fellow Newcastle legend Sir Bobby Robson in plotting the club&rsquo;s Premier League escape route.<br /><br />The Magpies make the do-or-die trip to Aston Villa on Sunday needing a better result than either north-east rivals Hull City or Sunderland to retain their top-flight status.<br /><br />Shearer, 38, is serving his first managerial appointment after agreeing to take over at St James&rsquo; Park for the remaining eight games of the season.<br /><br />But with only one win from his seven matches in charge, the 38-year-old admits he has been in regular touch with his former Newcastle boss Robson in a bid to stop the slide.<br /><br />Robson is currently fighting his latest battle against cancer, but Shearer says the 76-year-old is proving a worthy mentor.<br /><br />&ldquo;Yes, I speak to Bobby on a regular basis,&rdquo; the former England captain said. &ldquo;We speak to each other quite regularly after games and before games. He has given me little bits here and there, which is great. It&rsquo;s nice to speak to him.&rdquo;<br /><br />Shearer has been handed a blow ahead of Saturday&rsquo;s trip to Villa Park after their appeal against Sebastien Bassong&rsquo;s dismissal in the 1-0 home defeat by Fulham on Saturday was dismissed yesterday.<br /><br />The French defender was shown a straight red card by referee Howard Webb for his tussle with Diomansy Kamara and will now serve a ban which takes him into the opening game of the 2009-10 season.<br /><br />This presents something of a defensive crisis for Shearer with Habib Beye struggling with a hamstring strain.<br /><br />Better news for Shearer, however, is that strike duo Michael Owen and Obafemi Martins are both winning their battles with groin problems for the must-win game.<br /><br />Of Owen, Shearer said: &ldquo;He had a scan on Monday and there is no serious injury so we&rsquo;re hopeful he&rsquo;ll be involved on Sunday.&rdquo;