Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Managers Hail Super Shearer

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Managers Hail Super Shearer

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Byline: By Luke Edwards

Graeme Souness and Kevin Keegan united last night to give lavish praise to Alan Shearer after the Newcastle captain's 250th Premiership goal lit up an otherwise drab draw with Manchester City.

Shearer smashed home an unstoppable shot early in the first half to give the Magpies the lead and reach the latest landmark of his illustrious career, but Robbie Fowler's second-half penalty denied United a much-needed away victory.

And, while Souness once again expressed his intention to try and persuade the 34-year-old to postpone his retirement, his Manchester City counterpart is adamant the player he signed for Newcastle nine years ago will not change his mind.

Shearer's spectacular strike took him to 13 for the season and he now needs just 14 more to equal Jackie Milburn's all-time club record of 200.

"There's a special record which is very much in his grasp and in my opinion he would be wrong not to go for it," said Souness after watching his side throw away a lead for the tenth time this season.

"I think Alan has been the greatest English centre-forward of all time.

"He's the best you've ever had. He's a scorer of every type of goal ( be it spectacular strikes like you saw here, simple tap-ins or brave headers.

"As far as I'm concerned, every goal is a typical Alan Shearer goal because there is nothing he can't do."

He continued: "He's a fantastic centre-forward and that's the hardest position in which to excel. He's playing against defenders that are often bigger and stronger than him, but his never say die attitude is phenomenal.

"His attitude is brilliant and I want him around the place.

"Even if he doesn't play every game next season, I still want him around the place because of everything he can offer.

"I haven't given up hope of persuading him to play on. It's a pleasure to work with someone like Alan because players like him are few and far between.

"When I was at Blackburn, (coach) Tony Parkes used to tell me that whoever got Alan Shearer when Blackburn signed him were going to win the league. …

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