MEDIA: What The Papers Say - Shearer’s retirement wrong foots the pundits

In a move designed to wrong-foot the pundits, Alan Shearer timed the announcement of his decision to retire from international football to coincide with the week in which England played Argentina and ’discovered’ a new striker in Emile Heskey.

In a move designed to wrong-foot the pundits, Alan Shearer timed

the announcement of his decision to retire from international football

to coincide with the week in which England played Argentina and

’discovered’ a new striker in Emile Heskey.



Journalists had been united in their praise for Heskey, with the

implication that Shearer was ’off the pace’ in the current international

set-up. A few brave voices said that he should go straight away, but the

mainstream opinion was fulsome praise for his role as England’s main

striker throughout the 1990s and agreement on his patriotism and

strength of purpose.



With the exception of Graham Taylor, all recent England managers came

out behind Shearer. Many commentators felt that the decision would

benefit Newcastle in the short-term with Shearer able to concentrate on

the club, and in the medium-term setting himself up as the heir apparent

to Bobby Robson as manager. Shearer capped the announcement with the

news at a press conference on Monday that his wife was expecting their

third child.



Analysis and commentary by Echo Research. Cuttings by Durrants. More

information can be found at: www.echoResearch.com.



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