Where is Alan Shearer now?
A legend of the Premier League and the all time top scorer, Alan Shearer retired from playing in 2006 after 10 seasons playing for his beloved Newcastle United.
Although a Premier League winner with Blackburn Rovers, Shearer was unlucky to have never won any silverware whilst playing for Newcastle United where he was on the losing side in two FA Cup finals as well as finishing runner up in the 1996-97 season.
However, he did win a number of individual awards including the Golden Boot on three occasions, the PFA Player’s Player of the Year twice, the Football Writer’s Association Player of the Year and he came third in the 1996 Balon D’Or award finishing behind Matthias Sammer and Ronaldo.
He also came third in the 1996 World Player of the Year award finishing behind Ronaldo and George Weah.
Internationally Shearer won 63 caps for England scoring 30 goals but called time on his internation career at the relatively young age of 30 in order to prolong his club career.
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Upon retiring from playing Shearer started a new career as a pundit and match analyst for BBC’s hugely popular football programme Match of the Day.
However, in 2009 he was given an eight-week sabbatical from his media duties when he was appointed Newcastle United’s new interim manager until the end of the season, taking over from permanent manager Joe Kinnear who was recovering from heart surgery.
Shearer had eight games to save the club from relegation but only managed one win and two draws during his tenure and was unable to save his club from the drop.
He left St James Park at the end of the season with Chris Hughton stepping up from his coaching role and subsequently winning promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt.
He returned to his media role with the BBC and has since forged a reputation as a highly respected pundit and match analyst.
He has also worked as a co-commentator and made his debut in January 2016 for BBC Radio 5 Live’s coverage of the Newcastle United v Manchester United game.
In addition to his television work Shearer has also launched his own foundation with the aim of supporting disability in the North East by raising at least £250,000 every year.
In December 2015, he was guest of honour at Blackburn Rovers Ewood Park when they unveiled a new stretch of road named after him called, Alan Shearer Way.
After England’s dismal performance in Euro 2016 and the subsequent sacking of Roy Hodgson, Shearer threw his hat into the ring to become the next manager.
It was also revealed that he had applied before Hodgson’s appointment in 2012 but was knocked back due to his lack of managerial experience.
In September 2016, a statue of Shearer was unveiled at St James Park with his famous arm in the air scoring pose. The cost of the 9 foot statue was in the region of £250,000.
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Alan Shearer was a guest on Sky Sports programme The Fantasy Football Club in December 2014 where he picked the eleven best players he had ever played with in the #One2Eleven section of the show.
#One2Eleven (4-3-3 Formation)
GK – David Seaman – imposing and commanding he gave his back four great authority and they trusted him which is important.
RB – Gary Neville – a very good defender and organised who liked going forward and getting balls into the box.
LB – Stuart Pearce – epitomised everything that was right about English football, you always knew what you were going to get from him on the pitch.
CB – Colin Hendry– loved to put his head in where it hurts, heroic and played a huge part in Blackburn Rovers winning the Premier League in 1995.
CB – Tony Adams – I had many battles with him over the years but we always shook hands at the end of the game. Very tough and a top defender.
CM – Rob Lee – very underestimated player, he could do everything in midfield whether is be marshalling or sitting in front of the back four.
CM – Paul Gascoigne – a genius with the football at his feet and great for the dressing room. A great player.
CM – Paul Scholes – a sort of silent assassin, you have to play with him to appreciate how good he actually is. A must have in the midfield.
Forward – Teddy Sheringham – we had a great partnership for England and he was a calming influence for me.
Forward – Matt Le Tissier – what he lacked in fitness he made up for in natural ability. Great in dead ball situations with unbelievable free kicks and penalties.
Forward – Les Ferdinand – had only one season with him at Newcastle United but we scored 49 goals between us. Had a great presence and had one of the best leaps I have ever seen.
Check out this video compilation of Alan Shearer goals
Alan Shearer: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United|
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