By Will Butcher
Newcastle fans were left distinctly unimpressed on Twitter after a picture of Toon legend Alan Shearer’s statue was revealed ahead of the official unveiling.
The statue, which is set to be put in front of the public on Monday, is a tribute to the 206 goals he scored on Tyneside during a glorious ten-year spell.
Shearer’s statue cost a staggering £250,000 to be made, which is to be paid for by former Magpies chairman Freddy Shepherd and not current owner Mike Ashley.
The statue has been a long time in the making, after plans were drawn up in 2007 to commemorate Shearer’s service to the club, but were pushed back following Ashley’s impending takeover.
Northumberland artist Tom Maley spent almost six months casting the 9ft 6ins bronze statue.
Unfortunately, for Maley, Shepherd and his £250k, the initial verdict on the statue is not good. Fans think it looks nothing like him and should be sent back immediately.
— #FordeHaveMercy (@FordeEsq) September 9, 2016
Alan Shearer getting statue outside the ground WHY ?? #NUFC
— Jamie Paul White (@gingerman1980) September 9, 2016
As funny as it is, #NUFC should send that shearer statue back. It's a joke, they deserve better than that, the man is a legend!!
— Ben Mummery (@Benjiboo_42) September 9, 2016
— Londis Bag (@DogLayer) September 9, 2016
— JC (@JamieCollins22) September 9, 2016
Anyone else think the Shearer statue is awful? #nufc
— Dan Nicholson (@dnicholson93) September 9, 2016
— Proud 2 be a Geordie (@NicolaWintrip) September 9, 2016
That Shearer statue looks like someone has described what he looked like down the phone. #NUFC
— Mr Joe Lee (@MisterJoeLee) September 8, 2016
Now a pundit on BBC’s Match of the Day, Shearer moved to Tyneside for a world-record fee of £15million fee in 1996 from Blackburn, after finding the back of the net 113 times in just 144 games.
The 46-year-old captained the Magpies from the 1998-99 season onwards and amassed an astounding 404 appearances in all competitions during a decade with the club.
In other Newcastle news, Shearer’s Match of the Day colleague has mocked the statue on Twitter.