Newcastle skipper Alan Shearer has welcomed the appointment of Graeme Souness as the new manager at the club.

“All I keep hearing is that Graeme Souness will bring discipline to the club and I don’t doubt this will be the case,” Shearer told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.

“But for me, what he will bring to this football club is vast experience of managing a top-class club.

“He was a top-class player and he is a top-class manager.

“If I’m not mistaken, Graeme Souness has won a trophy at every club he has been at apart from Southampton and that’s because he wasn’t there very long.

“He’s a winner, a manager who wins trophies, and that’s what we want at Newcastle United Football Club.

“I think that Graeme will give us that bit of toughness we need, especially away from home.”

Souness quit Blackburn for Newcastle on Monday to succeed Bobby Robson who was sacked after a run of four games without a win.

“We all want the club to be successful, nobody more so than me. I have heard some fans asking how Graeme Souness will get on with Alan Shearer,” added the former England striker.

“Well my answer to that is that in the great scheme of things it is something that really does not matter. His job is to pick a football team to win matches and obviously I want to be a part of that.

“But playing for Graeme Souness will be no different from playing for any other manager. If you play well you will be in the team. If you don’t play well you won’t be. It’s a simple as that.”