Shearer Makes His Churchill Speech!

Last updated : 03 April 2009 By Footy Mad - Editor
Alan Shearer: "I remember in Euro 96 when I hadn't scored for however many games. A month before the tournament Terry Venables said to me 'You'll be starting the tournament'.

"I always remember the belief and confidence that gave me. It was a great piece of man-management and that stuck out for me.

"All players are different but everyone loves to be told they are a good player and how well they are doing.

"You go through your playing career and you tend to pick up the good things from the good managers.

"I've had some very good and experienced ones which I have learned a lot off. Even in the two or three hours this morning I've tried to pass on one or two things to the players that I remembered when I was a player.

"I'll speak to Kevin, Kenny, Bobby, Terry, Glenn Hoddle and then we will see after that.

"I think it is important I try to tap into all the experience I can - I'm going to need it.

"I'll make mistakes, I'm pretty sure of that, but I have someone next to me who will tell me if he thinks I'm doing the wrong thing and that is very important for a number two.

"I am inexperienced in this job but I have to learn quickly because I haven't got the time.

"We have a massive fight on our hands in difficult circumstances. We've got injuries but we will face it head on and give it a right good go.

"We are third-bottom of the league - whether that is because of bad luck, bad play, low confidence, poor refereeing decisions it doesn't matter, it is history.

"I love this football club and I have been given an opportunity to do something about it. I believe I can.

"It would hurt and devastate me if this club was playing in the Championship next season."