Alan Shearer has reflected on the moment Sir Bobby Robson revitalised his NUFC career in a brilliant interview dedicated to the upcoming Bobby Robson film – revealing just how he returned to Tyneside to ‘show his people what they’d been missing’.
Shearer went on to score 117 goals under Bobby Robson’s five seasons on Tyneside, however the NUFC number 9 had been enduring a miserable time of things before Robson’s timely arrival.
Previous manager Ruud Gullit and him did not see eye to eye, with him infamously benching Shearer in the 1999/2000 Tyne and Wear derby defeat just days before he resigned.
Robson replaced him and immediately brought a buzz back to St James’ Park, with Shearer scoring 5 in Sir Bobby’s memorable first game back in a 8-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday – immediate proof that he would get the best out of Big Al.
Speaking during the eagerly anticipated film ‘Bobby Robson: More than a manager’ here’s what Shearer had to say about Robson’s return to Tyneside and the way he got him back to his best for NUFC:
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“Senior players, myself included, were down, miserable and out of form. The football club needed a change.
“Straight away when he walked into the football club, the atmosphere that had been generated within a week of him coming, it was just brilliant, it was great to see and great to be a part of.
“He was just so keen, eager and hungry to do well when he came back to Newcastle it was as if ‘I’ve been away for years and I want to come back and I want to show my people what they’ve been missing!’
“I remember him pulling me into his office and he said: “I’ve watched videos of you, I’ve studied how you’re playing, I’ve studied your body language, I want to see you smiling, asking questions of centre halves, going that way and going that way, this is what I would like now.”
As the title of the upcoming film suggests, Bobby really was ‘more than a manager’. A wonderful man, an inspiring motivator, a terrific manager and a father figure to many players he managed over the years at NUFC.
The film is expected to be released later this year. CLICK HERE to pre-order it.