Alan Shearer has today talked at length to the Daily Telegraph.
Alan Shearer – no regrets
And one of the things he talks about is having dinner with Sir Alex Ferguson a couple of years ago.
And they talked about what could have happened if Alan had joined Manchester United in 1996, instead of deciding to join his home town club, Newcastle United, from Blackburn Rovers
This is what Alan said:
“I did a dinner with Fergie a couple of years ago. He got up first and said: ‘Can you imagine the number of trophies you’d have won if you’d come to Man United?!’ I joked: ‘Yeah, I can imagine you’d have won some more as well!’”
“He was fantastic about it. I wouldn’t have changed anything. Going to Newcastle wasn’t an emotional decision, it was a decision based on the view that Newcastle would win things. I’m delighted I went there.”
“No 9s are treated as Gods there if you’re successful. That shirt’s special and Andy Carroll’s showed some balls taking it because a few have gone up there and not wanted to have it. Carroll is not ready for England – not yet. A year or two he might be ready.”
“He’d be horrible to play against which is a good thing. He’s lying second in the goalscoring charts and made a bit of a name for himself. The hard part is carrying that on. He’s in a similar vein to Big Duncan Ferguson: hard, unplayable on his day, very good in the air and a rocket of a left foot.’’
Of course when Alan joined Newcastle, Kevin Keegan was managing the club, and they had just finished second to Manchester United in the Premier League, so Alan had every right to think he could win things at his home-town club.
But then Kevin walked out the following January, and Kenny Dalglish took over although Newcastle tried to sign the great Bobby Robson from Barcelona at the time, but Bobby refused to break his contract at the Spanish club.
Bobby’s interpreter and helper at the time was a certain Jose Mourinho.
But it was all down-hill from then until Bobby came back and replaced Ruud Gullit in September of 1999, and the great man got Newcastle back near the top to 4th, 3rd and 5th in his last three seasons of five seasons in charge.
And then Bobby was famously sacked, and it has again been downhill ever since, until current manager Chris Hughton took over 15 months ago, and Newcastle are now on their way back to bigger things.
We hope Newcastle are on their way back to bigger things. 😀