England and Newcastle great, Alan Shearer insists turning down Manchester United to join boyhood club Newcastle United was the ‘best decision’ he ever made.
The Premier League Hall of Famer returned to the North East in 1996 after four years with Blackburn, who he helped clinch the Premier League in 1995.
Shearer would go on to become the Premier League’s record goalscorer with 260 goals.
“I left home in 1985 to go to Southampton to start my career,” Shearer said after being inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.
“It had been 10 or 11 years and I thought ‘you know what, I’m going to go back home’.
“It meant that much to me and I wanted to have some great years at Newcastle where I could still play and not go back in my thirties and not see the best of me.
“It was the best decision I ever made, I know I would have won more trophies at United but the ten years I had there were unbelievably special, it was everything I hoped and wanted and more.”