The Northern Ireland legend – now a coach with League of Ireland side Shamrock Rovers – admits that he will be a proud man when he and ex-United striker Michael O’Neill, who is boss of the Hoops, pit their wits against the black-and-whites, but he feels that the presence of Shearer would make the occasion extra special.
Newcastle play in a friendly on July 11, just days after Real Madrid depart the Eire capital for their pre-season tour.
Wright: “We’re very fortunate to have the likes of Ronaldo coming here, but having Alan Shearer here is extra special from our point of view.
“Newcastle are going to have a massive following here in Shamrock and we are even getting some temporary seats in place for what will be a major event.
“And people will be desperate to get even a glimpse of Alan.
“He’s not playing now, but he is still a massive, massive draw for us.
“Everybody in football has plenty of respect for Alan and he has been a tremendous ambassador for the game.
“Alan knows the club inside out and you need people who breathe black and white.
“He’s got that ability to manage and organise and that would be a great choice for Newcastle.
“Many would say it is the only choice given the current situation.
“It seems like Newcastle are in total limbo at the moment and I am sad to see that.
“There have been a lot of mistakes made, especially when it comes to recruitment."
“Whether it has been type of player or personnel upstairs, they have made the wrong choices.”