Alan Shearer has dropped from Number Nine to Number Twelve.
In a new study of the 20+ years of the Premier League, the Newcastle United legend has been rated the twelfth most influential person in Premier League history.
Journalist Nick Harris of the excellent Sporting Intelligence website has put together this list for The Mail.
Nick has compiled a top 50 and today numbers 20-11 have been made public (Kevin Keegan was included at Number 41 – see HERE why Nick included him, whilst Sir Bobby Robson was in at No.24 and you can read his profile HERE).
Great detail and thought has been gone into and it isn’t just a case of listing who has won most trophies or spent the most money.
Nick Harris explains his rationale for the (his) choices:
‘Because they directly influenced the formation, development and blossoming of the Premier League into the world’s richest and most-watched club competition and/or they played a fundamental role in shaping the destiny of the league’s major clubs, who in turn helped the league’s growth, and/or they were central to a hugely significant rule change or other development.’
Numbers 50-1 in Nick Harris’ list are listed below but let’s go straight to his appreciation of the greatest goalscorer in Premier League history.
As a sign of just how highly rated the Newcastle legend is, he has a higher placing than a whole host of players such as Keane, Giggs, Vieira, Rooney, Zola, Lineker, Lampard and many more.
12 Alan Shearer
The all-time top scorer in Premier League history netted 260 times in the revamped division for Blackburn and Newcastle, before hanging up his boots to become a fixture on Match of the Day and, briefly, a manager.
It is for his on-pitch talent rather than his punditry and managerial work that he gets on to this list – obviously! And while the sheer number and importance of his goals are a significant part of his influence on the history of the PL, they are not the whole story.
He scored a remarkable 112 league goals for Rovers in 138 PL games after his move from Southampton, helping Blackburn to the one title in 23 years not claimed by the current ‘Big Four’.
He added another 148 PL goals in 303 PL games for Newcastle. He scored 31 league goals for Rovers in 1993-94, then 34 as the PL top scorer in 1994-95, then 31 in his last Rovers season, then 20-plus PL goals alone in four of his Newcastle seasons.
But his world-record £15m move from Rovers to Newcastle was a massive statement about him, about Newcastle and about the league’s status and growth.
The list so far:
50 Steven Gerrard, 49 Peter Ridsdale, 48 Didier Drogba, 47 Karren Brady, 46 Philip Don, 45 Sol Campbell, 44 Gary Lineker, 43 Carlos Tevez, 42 Rune Hauge, 41 Kevin Keegan.
40= Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, 38 Paul Hawkins, 37 Cristiano Ronaldo, 36 Frank Lampard, 35 George Graham, 34 The Glazer family, 33 Gary Neville, 32 Dennis Bergkamp, 31 Andy Melvin.
30 Jorge Mendes, 29 Gianfranco Zola, 28 Gordon Taylor, 27 Peter Schmeichel, 26 Juninho, 25 Peter Kenyon, 24 Bobby Robson, 23 Wayne Rooney, 22 Ken Bates, 21 Ryan Giggs.
20 Harry Redknapp, 19 Sacha Gaydamak, 18= Patrick Vieira, Roy Keane, 16 Jack Walker, 15 Lord Taylor , 14 Thierry Henry, 13 Kenny Dalglish, 12 Alan Shearer, 11 Sheik Mansour
10 David Dein (and Gang), 9 Jose Mourinho, 8 Roman Abramovich, 7 David Beckham (and Posh Spice), 6 Jean-Marc Bosman, 5 Richard Scudamore, 4 Arsene Wenger, 3 Eric Cantona, 2 Rupert Murdoch, 1 Sir Alex Ferguson