Alan Shearer has been talking about the problems players have, adjusting to life after their playing days are over.
The Newcastle legend believes he is one of the very lucky ones, saying ‘I’m fortunate in that I still get a buzz from doing live TV’.
As Alan Shearer points out, it is well documented just how difficult some former footballers find it and ‘go chasing that buzz in other ways’, which the Match of The Day pundit says ‘can cause them problems’.
It must be a strange feeling after 20 years or more, from being a teenager, of having your life all ordered and arranged for you, with training every day leading up to a match.
A bit like coming out of the armed forces…the only difference being that ex-players have plenty of money, which in a way I suppose can cause problems of its own.
Reflecting back on own career, Alan Shearer says you don’t totally ever get over missing that feeling you got from playing.
The Premier League’s greatest ever striker summing it up: ‘That buzz of walking out in front of a packed St James Park, scoring goals’.
One other thing is for sure, Newcastle fans have never got over missing Alan Shearer in the number nine shirt.
Having spent a whole decade playing for the team he had always supported, fans were spoilt by having Shearer for so long.
Alan Shearer speaking to Coral:
“I’m not sure you ever get over losing the buzz that football, or other sports, gives people.
“That buzz of walking out in front of a packed St James Park, scoring goals.
“Even the training – for 20 years that was part of my life.
“And for many players it’s very, very difficult to come to terms with losing that, they go chasing that buzz in other ways and that can cause them problems.
“I’m fortunate in that I still get a buzz from doing live TV, but I’m one of the lucky ones, there are loads of players that aren’t able to do that.”