One surprise name missing from Alan Shearer list of best managers played under
Alan Shearer thinks that Newcastle is a very special case, as it has just one football club, unlike pretty much every other major English City.
The NUFC legend describes the support the club get, as ‘astounding’, currently averaging over 50,000 even in the second tier.
Alan Shearer believes that Newcastle will once again become a major force in the Premier League under Rafa Benitez and hopes ‘we do not have to wait much longer’ for success.
As for turning down AC Milan and Manchester United, Shearer says that signing for Newcastle was ‘the best thing I ever did’.
When it comes to the best managers he played under, Alan Shearer picks two.
Maybe surprising that the former number nine doesn’t namecheck Kevin Keegan, who brought him to Newcastle, instead listing just Kenny Dalglish and Sir Bobby Robson.
On the other hand, Alan Shearer played only just over four months in the Premier League for Keegan before his shock decision to quit, whereas he had two spells with Dalglish at Blackburn and Newcastle, plus Sir Bobby’s entire time at St James Park.
Alan Shearer talking to the Greek edition of Four Four Two.
It seems that there is a very special bond between the club and the community, do you expect Newcastle to do well in the Premier League again?
“Yes, I believe they will rise again in the Premier League.
“This is a city that has only one club – the support is astounding.
“Hungry for success for too long and I hope we do not have to wait much longer. People in Newcastle live for football and their team, they worship whoever gives their best for the club.”
Return to management?
“No, I’m very happy with what I’m doing in my TV and media career.”
Turning down Manchester United and AC Milan?
“I have no regrets – the best thing I ever did. I lived my dream and not everyone can say that.
“When I signed for Newcastle, they had finished second the previous season – success and trophies looked like they were just around the corner and I wanted to try and make it happen for my boyhood club.
“It didn’t – but I have no regrets about trying.”
Best moment of career and best Managers played under?
“The best moment of my career was when named England captain. I was lucky enough to do it for four years (1996-2000).
“Kenny Dalglish and Bobby Robson. Kenny helped me to develop as a striker and we won the title together at Blackburn.
“Bobby was a huge part of me staying at Newcastle when he arrived at the club.”
Your record (260 goals) in the Premier League looks untouchable so far – do you think that in the near future there will be someone who will pass it and if so, who?
“I thought Wayne Rooney would manage it, or would come near to it, but it seems to be moving further away, and he now plays a deeper role at Manchester United.
“Harry Kane has made a stunning start to his career in the Premier League and if he avoids injury and continues his career here – not try his luck abroad, will have a chance.
“Sergio Aguero – Will he stay for the rest of his career in the Premier League?”
Do you think that modern tactics, more defensive, have made goals more difficult to get?
“No, I think the standard of defending in the Premier League is worse than when I was playing. Defending has become something of a forgotten art, so in fact it is now easier to score.”
Who is your favourite to win the Premier League and which team do you admire most?
“I had Manchester City as favourite to win the title at the start of the season and will not change my mind despite some recent negative results. I do not like those who change their minds after every match, so I insist on my original prediction.
“Right now the most attractive to the eye is Liverpool, which reminds me of Newcastle of my time. Fantastic when they come out in front but concede too many goals. “
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