He told the Evening Chronicle: "I hated playing against Alan, but he is right for Newcastle United and I wish him well.
"I think it is important to have all the North East teams in the top division.
"I know both of them cannot win it next season, but I would love to see them get back up.
"It would be great for Newcastle if Alan Shearer is the man to do it. I had every sympathy for him when Newcastle went down."