Alan Shearer is widely tipped to embellish his illustrious playing career by becoming a top manager.

The former England striker - and record-breaking Premier League goalscorer - had a first taste of the job with his beloved Newcastle United in 2009.

Gosforth-born Shearer put his reputation on the line for the sake of his boyhood favourites.

Shearer's days as a brave and fearless centre forward are the stuff of legend, particularly in the North East. A product of the famous Wallsend Boys Club, he launched his career with Southampton where hit hit a hat-trick on his first start in a 4-2 win over Arsenal - also becoming the youngest player to perform the feat in the top flight at 17 years and 240 days.

With Blackburn, he won the Premier League title in 1995 and racked up an astonishing 112 goals in 138 appearances for the Lancashire club, claiming Player of the Year awards from the Football Writers Association and the PFA in successive seasons.

Shearer ritually topped the Premiership scoring charts and also hit five goals for England at Euro '96 before completing a then world record £15m move to Newcastle, who beat Manchester United to his services.

His decade on Tyneside delivered a further 148 goals as Shearer reached an FA Cup final and finished runners-up for the championship under Keegan. He also bagged a second PFA award.

Shearer's club and international goal tally totalled 422, including 260 in the Premier League and 30 in 63 appearances for England.

He is the recipient of an OBE having also raised considerable amounts for various charities including the NSPCC. Shearer's Newcastle testimonial provided £1.64m for 14 good causes.


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