By Amir Mir
Alan Shearer has thrown his name into the hat to replace Roy Hodgson as England manager – and Twitter is not sure if he is the right man for the job.
The England and Newcastle legend said that he was turned down by the Football Association for the England post many years ago because he had very little managerial experience.
“I went to see the FA four or five years ago and I said, ‘I want it, I’ll have that job’,” said Shearer, speaking as BBC pundit on Monday night. “They looked at me and said, ‘No, it’s a lack of experience’. And I said, ‘You’ve hired experienced guys, you’ve paid them an absolute fortune, I could not have done any worse than those guys’.”
The 45-year-old represented England as a player for eight years winning 63 caps, but his only managerial spell lasted for two months at Newcastle in 2009.
“I’d definitely speak to them, absolutely. I would offer my experience and tournament experience,” Shearer added.
Here are some of the reactions from the England supporters on Twitter:
How can a man with a win record of 12.5% as a manager ‘throw his hat into the ring’? Amazingly detached from reality. #shearer
— Frank Watson (@frankwatson58) 28 June 2016
— UTD247 (@UTD20four7) 28 June 2016
Give it to #Shearer. Bloke is switched on, will have respect of the players and will be useful on the training ground. Could do a lot worse!
— Marc Sibbons (@Sibbo_M11) 28 June 2016
— Gav Melling (@gavmelling) 28 June 2016
— Peter Provins (@Collaborateman) 28 June 2016
A legend like #Shearer would be a strange choice for England (Steve Staunton anyone)..philosophy and passion wise, Glenn Hoddle is the shout
— Andrew Gallagher (@GallyFFF) 28 June 2016
A fair few backing a geezer that relegated his beloved club after 10 games imagine what he might do to his beloved country 👀 #Shearer
— Joe Cooper (@wolfpackplaya) 28 June 2016
Alan #Shearer England manager don’t make me laugh! Might as well ask John Barnes!!!!
— Fathead (@fathead35) 28 June 2016
— Simon Prockter (@SimonGonk) 28 June 2016
The same miserable, characterless, finger-pointing, arrogant #shearer who lost us the ’98 World Cup? No thanks!
— Steve Ayling (@steveayling01) 28 June 2016
In other Newcastle news, Rafa Bentiez close to securing a £4.5million new signing from Belgium.