According to the Chronicle, former club president Freddy Shepherd has paid for a statue of the former captain to be placed at the stadium in order to honour the ex-striker.
The sculpture was made in Hangzhou, China, and should be in England before next month. Its 9ft presence should represent an imposing sight for travelling fans, even if the Magpies can’t quite call upon anyone half as effective in front of goal at the moment.
However, Newcastle fans, taking to Twitter after learning of the news, aren’t yet certain of whether they like the new effigy…
In our opinion, it looks a little bit too much like Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini.
— NUFC HQ (@NUFC_HQ) August 15, 2015
Not sure about that Shearer statue. Looks like he’s about to start dancing to Gangnam Style! #NUFC
— Lee Garfoot (@LeeGarfoot) August 15, 2015
— nycvillan (@nycvillan) August 16, 2015
By, that statue of Shearer is accurate and in no way terrifying. Said no-one ever. #NUFC
— Simon J Gallagher (@SiGallagher) August 15, 2015
Just realised who the Shearer statue reminds me of! pic.twitter.com/mg8Y3stPpH
— Randall Bell (@randallbell) August 15, 2015
However, while some of the responses to the statue have been mixed, Shearer—who scored 148 goals in 303 appearances for Newcastle, and 30 in 63 for England—is delighted with the likeness.
To those asking. I’m honoured to have a statue. I’m proud to have it and yes I really like it. And I have hair! ???????? https://t.co/3sA2onxko7
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) August 16, 2015