Alan Shearer is looking forward to the Newcastle Sunderland derby on Saturday at the Stadium of Light, but he will not be attending the game.
Alan will be doing his job in the BBC studios in his role as Match of the Day commentator. But heâ€™ll be watching the game on the live feed they will be getting at the studios, starting at 12:45 pm on Saturday.
Alan Shearer – now a BBC TV commentator
Alan talked this morning about the Tyne Wear derby, to the Evening Chronicle today, and what it means to all Geordies:
â€œI will be in the studio watching on TV on the live feed.â€ â€œBut Iâ€™ll be like everyone else in Newcastle, watching it and hoping and praying we get a good resultâ€
Shearerâ€™s last ever kick in professional football came when he scored a critical penalty after 61 minutes when Newcastle scored 4 second half goals to go from losing 1-0 at the break to easily winning 4-1 on Monday, 17th April. They scored 3 goals in a short 6 minutes in the second half of that game and that penalty was Alanâ€™s 206th and final Newcastle goal.
â€œIt wouldnâ€™t matter if Sunderland were bottom and we were top.â€ â€œIt still wouldnâ€™t make the game any different, you get a bit of leeway in derby games.â€
â€œThey are great games to play in. Itâ€™s going to be tough anyway, irrespective of Newcastleâ€™s result against Portsmouth.â€
â€œThat wouldnâ€™t change anything anyway â€“ the pressure would still be on both teams.â€ â€œIt is pride at stake but they are good games to be involved in particularly if you win.
â€œI think it is good for the North East to have derbies.â€ â€œThere are a lot of things said about Sunderland v Newcastle, but I think if the truth was to be told, both sets of players want the two clubs in the Premier League.â€
â€œFans would too because they enjoy them so much. It gives them something to talk about all of this week.â€ â€œAnd I am sure they will be talking about it the week after that and that one too.â€
We think it’s good to have Sunderland in the Premier League, since it’s really good for the region. Sunderland are lacking some class in their team at the moment, and it’s time Roy Keane’s side started to pick up some league points, since they are getting too close to the relegation zone. However, Saturday would not be a good time to start. Newcastle need all 3 points and we hope the whole team turns up for the game, and gives it their all.