If Alan Smith’s attitude is what Big Sam wants to see from his players, then that’s perfectly OK with us.
Alan seems the perfect professional and there’s another great interview today in the Newcastle Journal with Luke Edwards – and Alan gets to say quite a bit about his attitudes in football and about himself.
Let’s take a look at what Alan says – that’s all we need to do – it will be so refreshing for Newcastle fans.
Sam and Smith
Two very happy people – a mutual admiration society
Luke EdwardsÂ and Paul Gilder of the Journal areÂ gettingÂ very good interviews with the Newcastle players and management.Â Here’s the latest one with Luke Edwards talking to Alan Smith. Alan seemsÂ already a crowd favorite and hasn’t even kicked a ball for our club.Â Just listen to what he says and it will be very clear why that is the case.
This is what Alan told Luke today:
â€œI am an honest player and the interest from others comes because they know what they are going to get from me all of the time,â€Â Â â€œI am always hungry as a player to do as well as possible, both for my club and personally.”
“I have sacrificed myself for every club I have been at, playing out of position, because my duty is to the good of the team, not myself.â€
â€œI spoke to Sam (Allardyce) who said I will be playing in different positions at Newcastle, but if a manager wants you to play, I will play anywhere. Iâ€™m happy to be versatile.â€
â€œThere were a few interested in me. People speak about my commitment and they know what they are going to get. However, a lot of people forget I can play as well.â€Â â€œI wanted everything done before the weekend so I could get a pre-season game in,â€
â€œSince Sunday it has been a bit of a whirlwind.”
â€œWe came back from Malaysia and thatâ€™s when I first got my head round the fact I was moving on. Once we got our heads round that we started speaking to other managers. “
“Once a club accepts a bid, you have to ask yourself if you are going to get the opportunity to go out and perform. You need that, but I donâ€™t think I ever let myself down at United.â€
â€œYou can tell from the fansâ€™ reaction they didnâ€™t want me to go and that speaks volumes. I just thought it was time to move on. Iâ€™m 26 and I want to be making an impact on the first team.”
“I have come to be versatile, but if anyone is to see the best of me, I think that is at center forward. I enjoy playing in midfield, but perhaps a bit more attacking. However, if someone asks you to play wherever, you do it.â€
â€œThe fansâ€™ side of things is difficult because Newcastle demand big things because there hasnâ€™t been much success. I know that is what people want. However, Leeds and Man United demand 100% week in week out as well and Newcastle wonâ€™t be any different. I will be giving my all every time I pull on the shirt on and that is what supporters want to see.â€
â€œOnce I spoke to the gaffer he told me how much he wanted me to come and be part of what he is trying to do. That was enough for me.â€
â€œI like what Sam is trying to create in terms of the stability and professionalism. He is trying to change it from what there was previously. He wants to give the players here and the club the best opportunity to win something. He wanted me to be part of that.â€
Alan also has confidence in his own ability and epitomizes what it means to be a squad player. Obviously Sam must be tickled pink with gettingÂ Alan. As Sam said yesterdayÂ he was just too good a player to pass up. We think he’s right – Alan is the type of player we want at the club – becauseÂ he’ll give us 100% for every minute of every game.
Welcome to Newcastle Alan,Â it’s great to have you on board!