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JJ aware of Shear quality

Posted on 17 April 2009  - 12:00

Jermaine Jenas is in no surprise that he will be taking on a Newcastle side led by his former Magpies team-mate Alan Shearer on Sunday.

JJ aware of Shear quality

Jermaine Jenas is in no surprise that he will be taking on a Newcastle side led by his former Magpies team-mate Alan Shearer on Sunday.

Our midfielder spent three years at St James' Park, and admits the legendary striker had all the hallmarks of a future manager back then.

Now, Shearer is two games into his reign as Newcastle boss, and he brings his struggling side to The Lane still looking for his first win.

But JJ is in no doubt that, should this Toon outfit play with the same character as their manager once did, we will be in for quite a challenge.

"I wasn't surprised when Alan took the job. He's a top guy and I'm sure he will do really well," he said.

"There was no doubt in my mind that he would one day be manager there due to the qualities he showed me during my three years there.

"Don't get me wrong, Sir Bobby Robson was the main man being the manager at the time, but if there was anyone else you could look up to, it was definitely Alan Shearer.

"He's a leader - it's as simple as that. That's why we'll have to be prepared for a fight on Sunday because that's the sort of player he was.

"I wish him all the best but our main focus has got to be on ourselves, and come Sunday, I will be looking to do him no favours."

Jermaine was speaking on a visit to one of the Tottenham Hotspur Soccer Schools in Enfield - coverage of which will be available on Spurs TV Online today.

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