ALAN Shearer revealed that he asked former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson if he could take sanctions for the team if he joined the team.
Fergie told him that Eric Cantona was already in charge of kicking, according to the Premier League’s all-time top scorer.
Shearer, now 49, was one of the highest rated players in the world around 1996.
He had scored a brilliant 130 goals in 171 games for Blackburn when the prospect of signing for his childhood club Newcastle or the United League giants came up.
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Shearer spoke of his decision to have a retro BBC game of the day: “I sat down with Kevin Keegan and Sir Alex the same day, in a house in Cheshire, believe it or not.
I spoke to Kevin Keegan in the morning, the discussions went very well, very positive.
And then the Newcastle contingent left and the Man Utd contingent entered, and it was Sir Alex.
And Sir Alex’s first question was “Do I see you first or second?”
“And I said I saw Kevin this morning, and he said” deep down, I don’t stand a chance, then. “
In other words, he wanted to see me first and was disappointed not to have done so.
“But I thought the talks went extremely well, I was really impressed with what he had to say. “
Shearer then admitted that he had applied for the penalty to Sir Alex, who was met with a stony look, followed by: [Sir Alex] Well, Eric is on them. “
Keegan called him a few days later and the two chatted even more before deciding to go to Newcastle, the club he had supported all his life.
Shearer then scored 260 Premier League goals, making him the top scorer in the history of the competition.