Alan Shearer postpones retirement

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:50 IST

Former England captain Alan Shearer has announced that he is postponing his retirement to carry on for one more season at Newcastle United.

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Former England captain Alan Shearer has announced that he is postponing his retirement, to carry on for one more season at Newcastle United. In August 2004, Shearer had announced that the new Premiership season would be his last. But it seems that the 34-year-old has been persuaded to stay on another year and take up a coaching position at St. James' Park. "I've spoken to managers, coaches, scouts, and players. They all feel I was playing too well to retire, and I thought I can't retire just because I've said it," he said. Effective persuasion It appears that current coach Graeme Souness played a crucial role in persuading Shearer to play on. In-fact, if the top scorer in English Premiership history earns his coaching badges, he could eventually take over from his current boss. "He loves this football club and he knows he's got a lot to offer in every aspect," Souness said. Shearer, who has scored over 250 goals in the league, is just nine goals short of the all-time Newcastle record of 200, set by 1950s striker Jackie Milburn. Since the Magpies are still involved in both the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup, there is still time for him to become the club's most prolific striker before next season. (AP)

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