Alan Shearer may have been the greatest goalscorer of the past 40 years but Kevin Keegan says that somebody else was the scorer of the greatest goals.
As a bit of a clue, Keegan says about this person ‘I trust him with my life’.
It is of course Terry McDermott, the goalscoring midfielder who played with Kevin Keegan at both Liverpool and Newcastle United, during McDermott’s second spell at St James Park.
When the call came in 1992, the former Newcastle Manager says ‘there was only one person I wanted at my side’, with Terry McDermott his constant sidekick as NUFC boss.
As a player he was a class act but as Kevin Keegan says, he has been underrated at times.
At Liverpool, McDermott won three European Cups, six league titles, the UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, four Charity Shields and two league cups.
Though surely pride of place in his house must go to the Texaco Cup and Anglo-Italian Cup that he won when at Newcastle!
Terry McDermott has now written his autobiography looking back on those achievements and Kevin Keegan was the only choice to do the foreword.
Kevin Keegan talking to the Liverpool Echo:
“We’re good mates and I trust him (Terry McDermott) with my life.
“That word trust is so vital in life, never mind football.
“As a player, I would describe him as a great player with a capital ‘G’. One who I feel at times has been very underrated.
“Recently we did a talk together in Hong Kong where they showed our goals. Yeah, they appreciated mine but when his were shown you could hear the whole audience going ‘Wow’.
“If you did a montage of the best 10 goals of anyone, including players like Alan Shearer, then Terry’s would come out on top. He has scored more fantastic goals as a midfield player than anyone else over the last 40 years or so.
“I’m not surprised it’s taken him so long to write his book because he hasn’t always had the confidence in himself for what he has achieved. That’s what makes him such a great bloke and why his stories will be so interesting. He has some great tales to tell.
“When I was persuaded to end my football exile by becoming Newcastle United manager in 1992 there was only one person I wanted at my side, Terry. He was always my first thought.”