Alan Shearer has been answering an interesting variety of questions.
The questions ranging from whether he’d want Newcastle to win the Premier League ahead of England lifting the World Cup, right through to which three current Premier League players he would sign for Newcastle in January.
The questions were posed by fans in a special facebook event for Coral and as usual, Alan Shearer was very straight with his answers.
After some deliberation, of course he’d rather Newcastle won the Premier League than England winning their first World Cup in over 50 years.
Whilst when asked if Newcastle were in danger of being sucked into a relegation fight, the former Newcastle and England captain replied that NUFC already are in a relegation battle!
Alan Shearer answering questions for Coral:
‘Would you rather Newcastle won the Premier League or England won the World Cup?’
“That is a very good question, it is around the same time the two things last happened, 1969 for Newcastle and 1966 England…a tough question…”
‘Get off the fence!’
‘Do you think with the right owner could Newcastle get back into Europe?’
“Yes, I do.
“Newcastle is a huge football club, fifty two and a half thousand turn out every other week, and they did that even in the Championship – not a lot of clubs could boast that.
“The current owner doesn’t want to be here, so the sooner the better the takeover happens.
“Rafa needs investment in that team and I thought it would be a long hard season anyway, but he needs new players n January. For that to happen it needs investment. Something needs to be done because the current owner doesn’t want to be here.”
‘Is the takeover talk affecting Rafa and the players?’
“It shouldn’t affect the players because a takeover is nothing to do with them, once they get out on the pitch you are there to do a job. The players haven’t done that as well as people have wanted them to do.
“It has been a tough watch of late but players need to go out and play and forget about everything going on off the pitch, it has nothing to with them.”
‘If you could sign three current three Premier League players for Newcastle in January, who would they be?’
“The three players would be ones we couldn’t get because they play for Manchester City – De Bruyne, Silva and Aguero.
“Newcastle need a centre-forward, they need a goalkeeper – because there have been errors in that department in recent games that has cost us points, we need another centre-half and we need a midfielder, so they need strengthening in every position.”
‘Are Newcastle in any danger of being sucked into a relegation battle?’
“They are in a relegation fight already as things stand. The one big plus point is Rafa Benitez, hopefully his experience will show.
“I hope he gets some funds in January because they desperately need new faces, they need a new spark in that football club. I don’t think there is any doubt about it that if he doesn’t get new faces in, they will be in a relegation battle with, Stoke, Crystal Palace, Swansea, Brighton, Huddersfield.”
Who was your football idol as a kid?’
“Kevin Keegan was my hero.
“I was lucky enough to be a ballboy on the day of Kevin’s very last game when he flew away in a helicopter.”