Thursday 14 December 2017

Ruud Gullit and Alan Shearer make-up over infamous Newcastle fall-out

Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

It seems that time really is a great healer as Alan Shearer and Ruud Gullit shook hands over their infamous fall-out at Newcastle United.

The two men were part of the BBC studio panel for the World Cup quarter-final between Germany and France and were able to look back on their public fall-out on Tyneside in 1999 in a light-hearted manner.

Fifteen years ago the Geordie forward was dropped by the then Newcastle manager ahead of their derby with Sunderland, a game they lost and the Dutchman soon lost his job, handing in his letter of resignation due to criticism and abuse he suffered in the role he claimed.

The power struggle between manager and star player ended badly for Gullit, but BBC presenter Gary Lineker chose the perfect moment to bring up the subject with a subtle question aimed at the former AC Milan and Chelsea player.

“Ever leave out any big players in your time Ruud?,” he asked.

The two men laughed and shook hands to show there were no hard feelings.

“I told [Shearer] to his face he was the most overrated player I've ever seen," he added.

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