ALAN Shearer didn’t need to be at yesterday’s Sir Bobby Robson Golf Day to be reminded of the great man.
So many things happen in football especially which seem naturally to revert back to his former boss and a man who, lest we forget, saved his Newcastle career.
Another new England manager is appointed this week and Shearer can’t help but wonder whether Roy Hodgson or anyone else could hope to emulate the 1990 World Cup campaign when the England national team for once didn’t let anyone down and came within a penalty shoot-out of the final itself. Comparisons have been inevitably made between this Newcastle United side and the one Sir Bobby led into Europe over consecutive seasons between 2002 and 2004.
This was the team Shearer starred in – not that he was poor before that – and he is delighted that the modern day side are living up to the standards set by him, Gary Speed, Nobby Solano, Craig Bellamy and Lauren Robert.
Shearer (pictured right) said: “Sir Bobby would have absolutely loved this season. It’s been something similar to the football we played under him.
“Newcastle have had a magnificent year, they really have. I hope they can finish it off in style, but even if they don’t they deserve tremendous credit for the success they have had. Alan Pardew, his players and the staff have done a remarkable job at the club. I can only hope they follow it up next year.
“We did that and it will be tough for them. But, listen, nobody expected Newcastle to do as well as they have done this season, so there will still be doubters who will say they will fade away next season.
“But I’m sure Alan isn’t thinking about next season as of yet. He still has two massive games to think about before then. If they can take six points from the final two games then who knows (where they will end up).” Manchester City head to St James’ Park this Sunday searching for three points that could lead them to the Premier League title.
Lose, and their friends from across the city beat Swansea, then that would surely mean Sir Alex Ferguson likely winning yet another trophy.
There is a lot for both teams to play for this Sunday, in front of another sell-out, and Shearer can’t wait for the match to start that he believes could prove to be the last thing Roberto Mancini wants.
He said: “It’s set up really nicely for Sunday. Manchester City know just how tough St James’ Park is – they should just ask Manchester United who lost 3-0 there earlier in the year. I was at that game and the players do tend to pick themselves up for the vast majority of the big games, so Sunday won’t be any different.”
Yesterday was the second annual Sir Bobby Robson Celebrity Golf Day, held at Rockliffe Hall, where former players such as Rob Lee and Steve Howey tested their golfing skills and braved some cold conditions, as did Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole.
They were all these to raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, launched in 2008, that so far has raised £4,095,264 to help find more effective treatments for cancer. Shearer said: “It was great to be back at the event and have some fun on the golf course, but we all know why we are here and that’s to continue to raise awareness about Sir Bobby’s charity. I’m told that over £4m has been raised now and when you think that when Sir Bobby first started out he only wanted £500,000, then it’s something else.
“Although it is no surprise that Sir Bobby has been successful in raising all that money to go along with everything else he’s left behind.
“Could anyone else’s name do all this? I don’t think so. In fact, I know so. The main reason for all if this is one guy who meant so much to so many people. He achieved so much in his life and he knew and touched so many people. This is why he is held in such high esteem.”