Alan Shearer insisted on joining the boys’ club Newcastle over Manchester United in 1996, the ‘best decision’ he ever made.
The former England striker is one of the first players to be included in the Premier League Hall of Fame along with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry on Monday.
Following his award, Shearer reflected on his successful career and remains adamant it was the right call to return home rather than pursue glory with the Red Devils.
Alan Shearer has insisted that Manchester United reject the boys’ club Newcastle was the best decision he has ever made
Shearer has been included in the Premier League Hall of Fame alongside Thierry Henry
‘I left home in 1985 to go to Southampton to start my career,’ Shearer said after he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
‘It was 10 or 11 years ago and I was like’ you know what, I’m going back home ‘.
‘It meant so much to me and I wanted to have some great years at Newcastle where I could still play and not go back in my 30s and see the best of me.
The ex-striker twice declined the opportunity to join Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford
“It was the best decision I have ever made, I know I would have won more trophies at United, but the ten years I had there were incredibly special, it was everything I hoped for and wanted and more.”
Shearer returned to the Northeast in 1996 after four years with Blackburn, which he helped win the Premier League in 1995.
Sir Alex Ferguson, who had tried to sign the forward in 1992, showed interest again but failed to seduce him to Old Trafford.
‘The No. 9 shirt in Newcastle is very important, very special.
‘I watched No 9s growing up in Newcastle, it was always my dream to play for them and have that shirt.
‘I was aware of the interest, and also the interest of Manchester United. I spoke to both managers at the time, Alex Ferguson and Kevin Keegan, and I was about to go to United.
‘I actually picked a house to buy and then I thought’ you know what, I’m going back home ‘.
Shearer is the Premier League’s all-time leading scorer with 260 goals.