Alan Shearer was one of the best strikers to play in the Premier League and one of the best for England, in his brief spell in management he had to manage Joey Barton at Newcastle United and Recalls it on the BBC Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast
“He played for me for about an hour!” Shearer said.
“It was disappointing because we had Nicky Butt and Kevin Nolan in midfield who were great lads, brilliant professionals, but didn’t have a lot of legs left.
“We needed legs in midfield and Joey was injured for the first four games of me being the manager. With four games to go, we were due to play Liverpool and I said to him earlier in the week: ‘How’s things going? You’re back training with the first team and I am thinking about putting you in’.
“He said: ‘Yep, don’t worry about me. I won’t let you down, gaffer’.
“Training went really well and I decided to put him in the team. We were getting battered off Liverpool. They hit the post, the bar – it should have been seven or eight nil.
“We lost 3-0 and I was about to take him off with five minutes to go. Instead, he decided to scythe Xabi Alonso down in front of the Kop.
“Straight red card. So I had him for about an hour and he couldn’t play the last three games because he was suspended.
“There was a huge fight in the dressing room and I never saw him again. He was fighting with himself.”