Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Moncur Makes His Plea to Shearer

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Moncur Makes His Plea to Shearer

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Byline: By Paul Gilder

Newcastle stand within 180 minutes of a place in the Uefa Cup final. Bob Moncur tells Paul Gilder why he desperately wants Alan Shearer to relieve him of the tag of being the last United skipper to lift a major trophy.

He knows that his profile will diminish dramatically should Alan Shearer lead Newcastle to European glory in Gothenburg; yet Bob Moncur, the last captain to lift a major trophy for United, will have no complaints should the club's long search for silverware finally come to an end next month.

"I have this ongoing joke with Alan," explained the Scot, who is still revered for the role he played in the club's defeat of Ujpest Dozsa in the final of the European Fairs Cup in 1969.

"He keeps telling me how he has never won anything with Newcastle and I tell him that it is about time that he took this title from me. I'm sick of being known as the last captain to win a major honour for Newcastle.

"Alan is now in line and I couldn't think of a better man to take it away because I know just what it would mean to him. I'm not saying that I haven't enjoyed the label over the years. It has kept my name in the papers. But it's time for somebody else now."

Shearer has scored more times than any other player in Uefa Cup football this term.

His sixth strike of the European campaign against PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday sealed United's progression to the competition's semi-finals and, although Robson has warned of the threat posed by Olympique Marseille, Moncur is confident a first major trophy in 35 years could be heading for St James's Park.

"It is so close now that you can smell it," he said. "I would love to see Alan lift that Uefa Cup in Gothenburg. That would be really emotional for me because of who he is.

"It would have broken my heart if I had lost the tag to somebody I didn't like and respect.

"I have always wanted it to go to a Peter Beardsley or an Alan Shearer, players I have a lot of time for both on and off the pitch.

"I would be thrilled for genuine pros like Gary Speed and Shay Given, they are my kind of players.

"It goes without saying that Sir Bobby Robson deserves to win something and everything I have said about Alan I will say about him as well. …

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