Alan Smith has been handed the captaincy by manager Sam Allardyce, with Geremi heading to the African Nations Cup later this month. But we expect the Smith captaincy will probably be permanent, even when Geremi returns in February.
Alan Smith – Newcastle’s new captain – fans have right to be disappointed
Smith however, is a doubt for tomorrow’s home game against Manchester City.Â Alan suffered a concussion in a collision with team-mate Abdoulaye Faye at Stamford Bridge in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat. He then spent Saturday night in the hospital as a precaution after feeling unwell on the flight back to Newcastle. And it would seem prudent to give him a rest tomorrow night, just to make absolutely sure he’s OK.
But Smith seems determined to lead his club back up the Premier League as soon as possible, as he told the Shields Gazette today:
“There’s no better surroundings for me, because it’s intense, and everybody loves their football.â€ They’re demanding, and some people don’t like it, but I love it.â€Â “I’ve been at a one-club city before, and I know how much it means to everyone.â€
“I had a massive disappointment (at Leeds), and I want to take this football club as far as it can go, and make sure in years to come people remember me as a player who gave everything for the cause and everything for Newcastle.”
Smith insists that Newcastleâ€™s success-starved supporters â€“ who have hardly been reticent to voice their anger at a number of pitifulÂ performances this season â€“ have every right to be upset after every defeat.
“There’s a great belief in our squad at the moment in the face of adversity.â€ The biggest things for us is that this club expects again.â€ “We expect from ourselves, and when people out there demand, we know we need to produce.”
“We don’t want the fans to be happy to come and watch us get beat. We want people out there who want to do as well as we do.â€ We know when they’re frustrated. We’re all frustrated. We’re as frustrated as the fans. That’s one thing we’ve got to reiterate to people.â€Â “This football as a whole wants to go in the right direction. The players, fans management, staff â€“ everyone.”
Good words from Alan and we think he’ll make a good captain at Newcastle.Â But we may not see him in action tomorrow night and that opens the way for a potential Viduka, Owen partnership up front.Â Goals and points are what we are desperate for right now.