Guus Hiddink: Alan Shearer's Euro 96 demolition still hurts

03 April 2009 09:32
Yet anyone expecting a mismatch when Alan Shearer faces Guus Hiddink might do well to remember their last encounter.

The date was June 18, 1996, and, for a whole generation of England fans, it was the night when football really did come home as Shearer scored twice in a 4-1 Wembley demolition of Hiddink's Holland. It clearly remains a low point in the Chelsea manager's 27-year coaching career.

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Yet while Hiddink can find plenty to admire about Shearer the player, he was rather less certain about the suggestion that Newcastle have automatically appointed a 'Messiah'. He also agreed that it was a "no-lose" situation for the former England captain.

"It depends on your religion whether you believe in Messiahs but you have to respect the decision," said Hiddink. "It's not always when you are a top, top player that you are guaranteed to be a top manager. Top, top players think everything, because of their talent, is going to happen automatically. But for most players who are not that gifted, you have to help them out in practice in a different way and it's not a guarantee."

Hiddink, though, does accept the proposition that Newcastle will come to reflect their new manager. "He is quite a personality and always gives his influence in a team," he said. "I know him from the impression he gives in games, which is a very firm impression. Sometimes in these circumstances any input, especially from someone with a big personality and history with the club, is good. It's more about the psychological and mental input."

Chelsea will on Saturday be without Jose Bosingwa (hamstring) and Didier Drogba (ankle).


Source: Telegraph

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