Alan Shearer has signed a new four year contract at the BBC.

The Newcastle legend was working at St James Park last night for Radio 5 Live and after 10 years at Newcastle, Shearer has now spent 10 years with the BBC.

How time flies…whilst there were plenty of ups and downs for Newcastle United during Alan Shearer’s reign, there were some brilliant times and his couple of hundred goals were the central part of that.

The last 10 years – well whilst Shearer has progressed from an uncertain start as media pundit to the star performer he is today, the football club that he retired from haven’t weathered their (Mike Ashley induced) storm very well.

In an official statement the head of BBC Sport says Alan Shearer is ‘one of the very best pundits in the business’ – of course that is all subjective but what isn’t in doubt, is he is most definitely the very best goalscorer of the Premier League era.

Ironically, the news comes following Alan Shearer’s response to a caller on the Radio 5 phone-in last night, when asked if he would accept the manager’s job at Newcastle if Rafa Benitez left, Shearer said there was no way he would take it but then added ‘not yet anyway’ – undoubtedly referring to not while Ashley still owns the club.

BBC Official Statement:

‘Match of the Day pundit and former England captain Alan Shearer has extended his BBC contract to 2020.

Shearer joined the BBC shortly after his retirement in 2006 and has covered five major international tournaments.

He said: “I’m loving my broadcasting work with the BBC and I’m excited to continue my role working across its wide range of football coverage.”

Philip Bernie, Head of TV Sport for the BBC, described Shearer as “one of the very best pundits in the business”.

Shearer will be part of the BBC’s team for Euro 2016 this summer, including fronting a BBC One documentary reflecting on 20 years since Euro 96, when he was top scorer with five goals.’