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12th Sep, 2016 | 1:55pm

Newcastle fans react amusingly on Twitter to Alan Shearer statue

By Harvey Byrne

Newcastle unveiled the statue of club legend Alan Shearer on Monday – but Toon fans felt on Twitter that the tribute looked nothing like their hero.

Shearer went to Newcastle on Monday to unveil the statue and it was covered on the club’s official Twitter account.

The now Match of the Day pundit spent 10 years at the club between 1996 and 2006 following his £15million move from Blackburn.

He scored 260 goals during his time at the club, but many fans reacted comically to the statues look with many likening it to Dale Winton, Nigel Pearson and the Art Attack Head.

Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:

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The only blot on Shearer’s Newcastle career came in 2009, when he took over the manager role at the club from Chris Hughton.

He managed eight games, guiding Newcastle to just one victory, earning two draws and suffering five losses and ultimately being unable to keep them in the Premier League.

The 63-time capped England international came through the Southampton youth ranks before moving to Blackburn where he won the Premier League before making his final move to Newcastle.

In other Newcastle news, Rafael Benitez has claimed the key to the turnaround in the form of Jonjo Shelvey is his improved fitness.