Dean Saunders tells brilliant story about what prompted Alan Shearer Newcastle exit
By Alex Taylor
Dean Saunders has revealed why Alan Shearer retired from football in 2006.
Shearer, 46, called time on a brilliant playing career 12 years ago after scoring a record-high 260 Premier League goals with Southampton and Newcastle.
The former Toon forward now works as a pundit for the BBC’s flagship football television programme Match of the Day.
“Steven Taylor as a young 17-year-old came to train with us,” Saunders told Jim White on talkSPORT on Wednesday.
“He started rag-dolling Alan in training and out-strengthening him, so Alan retired. Graeme (Souness) offered him another contract and said listen, don’t play, just sort the dressing room out and keep everybody in order.
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“Alan said ‘no, I can’t look at myself in the mirror. I know if I’m getting out-strengthened by a young lad then it’s time to pack it in.’ He didn’t play for money, he was offered a contract, a massive contract to not even play and he said no.”
The former Toon star is in line for a busy week this week as he prepares to manage a Newcastle legends team that includes goalkeeper Steve Harper, French left-back Olivier Bernard and the Magpies Under-23’s manager Peter Beardsley.
Despite relegating the Tyneside outfit as boss 2009, Shearer is well loved by Newcastle fans and recently unveiled a statue of himself outside of St James’ Park
In other Newcastle news, Rafa Benitez is set to rival three other Championship managers for the Manager of the Month award.