The Newcastle United legend has revealed the details behind his fall-out with former manager.
Shearer was infamously left on the bench alongside an equally angry Duncan Ferguson for a Tyne-Wear derby against Sunderland in 1999, with youngster Paul Robinson leading the attack instead.
The bizarre decision signalled the end of the Dutchman’s reign at St James’ Park, as his side lost the clash against their local rivals and he subsequently lost his job, later being replaced by Sir Bobby Robson.
Shearer went on to set formidable records at Newcastle, scoring 206 goals in all competitions and becoming the Premier League’s all-time top goalscorer, a record that still stands to this day. However, he has admitted that he came close to leaving before Robson was given control.
“I was having rows with Gullit – he didn’t want me at Newcastle and he made that plain for me,” said Shearer, who was speaking on Goals On Sunday.
“If Ruud had stayed at Newcastle then I would have had to leave. He didn’t and Bobby came in. The first thing Bobby said to me was you’ve got to start playing football with a smile on your face again and start getting defenders turned the other way and running towards their own goal.”
The forward also revealed the details behind the infamous night which saw both him and Ferguson dropped, expanding on the subsequent fall-out the pair had with Gullit.
“You’re going to get left out at some stage of your career, but I think there is a way to leave someone out,” Shearer added.
“I found out an hour-and-a-half before kick off on the board in the dressing room. I was captain at the time and he didn’t even tell me I was left out of the team, which I thought was disrespectful”
However, it turns out that Ferguson, well known for his fiery temper both on and off the field, had beaten his captain to getting to the manager and was already giving Gullit his opinions on the subject.
“I get to the training ground – still raging – and I burst into the office to have a word with him and Big Dunc is already there tearing the wallpapers off the wall because he had also left him out. So he beat me to it!”