Alan Shearer spending 10 years at Newcastle United didn’t go down too well with Sunderland fans.
A world record signing, Newcastle fan all his life, Shearer scored a few goals in that NUFC decade.
Sunderland fans celebrated when one of their players prematurely ended the great man’s career.
However, even that day saw Alan Shearer have the last laugh, as with only weeks to go until he was due to retire anyway, he scored a penalty (see above) in a 4-1 win on Wearside.
Moving forward 12 years and the Newcastle United legend is one of the main men on the BBC’s excellent coverage of the World Cup and especially England.
So good is he in fact, that the vast majority of Sunderland fans are having to grudgingly acknowledge what a great bloke, well pundit, Alan Shearer is.
Sunderland fans comment via their Ready To Go message board:
‘Like all Geordies, sorry mags, boring bas…’
‘Rates Pickford and Henderson .
Know a player.’
‘Ex England centre forward gets pi..ed with the BBC team and absolutely revels in our team’s performance in this tournament?
What’s not to be happy about?’
‘100% this – every English footy fan should be enjoying this so fair play to them.’
‘Living it up in Russia supporting England in the World Cup.
As much as I like Kane, I’d love Shearer in our starting line right now. He was tremendous.’
‘Like any safc fan hated him as a player but he’s always been brutally honest when it comes to us.
Praises us when it’s warranted respect him more than likes of Chris Sutton who doesn’t have a good word to say about us and clearly has an agenda against us.’
‘Why would you kane is going to get far more goals than Shearer.’
‘Agree, always been pretty fair – still a tw.. though.’
‘Actually really like Shearer…I missed out on the generation of hating him for playing for the Mags n’ that, and obviously any banter to do with Sunderland I’ll call him a w…er, but as a pundit, he’s toppa!’
‘Take our red and white specs off. He is a good pundit.’
‘He is! Has a lot of respect for us.’
‘Totally agree mate.
‘Despise the black and white c…, always have, and always will.’
‘As a pundit he’s balanced and knowledgable. As a player he was great but selfish.
Thankfully he’s not charismatic or he might have saved the Geordies as manager in 2009. As a pundit he’s demonstrated many times that he can deliver a balanced assessment of Sunderland performances and that of Sunderland players.
When I saw the post I thought it was a knee jerk to have a dig at Shearer.
For me I detested him as a player, but I’ve grown to appreciate him and his analysis – so much better than the clowns on ITV (Wrighty excepted).’
‘Proud Englishman celebrating us making the semis.
I hated him as a player but as a pundit he’s always been decent to be honest. He’s given us credit whenever it was due.’
‘I really like Shearer to be honest since he hung up his boots, one of the best pundits on tv.’
‘Couldn’t give a monkeys if he played for the mags or not, celebrating England’s win so fair play to him. If anything he’s always been pretty constructive with his views on us when loads of other pundits just put the boot in.
Some right petty f…ers on here like.’