Alan Shearer says he cannot wait for Saturday’s Tyne-Wear derby, but admits that they’re only great games if you win them (he’s right there).
The Newcastle living legend scored his last goal in black and white colors at the Stadium of Light in the 4-1 thumping of Sunderland back in April, 2005 – from a penalty.
But, with Shearer having also found himself on the losing side against Newcastle’s North East rivals, the club’s record goalscorer has warned that derby days are only enjoyable if you win.
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Big Al told the official Newcastle site nufc.co.uk.
“I’m like the rest of the Newcastle fans – I can’t wait for it,”
“It will be a fantastic game and it’s good to see Sunderland back in the Premiership because they are great games to play in.â€ “But they’re only great of you win them!”
Shearer believes that Big Sam, having played in the North East for Sunderland from 1980-1981 (25 appearance, 2 goals) will know just exactly how much the derby means to the people in the North east region.
“Sam will know what it means to the people up here and I’m confident that we’ll win it,” “It’s going to take time for Sam to turn things around – everything’s completely new. New chairman, new owner, new manager, new players and new staff.â€
“It’s not going to happen overnight – patience is going to have to be the key word.â€ “Sam needs time to put his ideas across and I’m hopeful of a top seven or eight finish.”
Itâ€™s obvious to us that Shearer will be very keen to manage Newcastle once Big Samâ€™s time is up. But itâ€™s also clear that Alan, like any other fan born and bred in the region, wants Newcastle to be successful again, just as soon as possible.
He doesnâ€™t want to get involved in replacing Sam â€“ but in a perfect scenario for Alan, he would take over from Sam, only when Sam retires from Newcastle, having put us back on the football map. Thatâ€™s what Alan would love to see, and the same here.
At least we seem to have a reasonable succession plan â€“ but Big Sam has the hard work to do â€“ to get us back to the top. We fully support Sam in doing just that.
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