Keegan Arrival Massive Lift – Alan Smith

Alan Smith is just delighted that Kevin Keegan has become the manager again at Newcastle United.


Alan Smith – excited to see keegan manage Newcastle United

The former Leeds star says he will always remember the welcome given by the fans and the people of Newcastle to Kevin Keegan coming back to the club last Wednesday. The 27 year-old striker was just 21 years old when Keegan included him in the England squad to face World and European champions France in a friendly at the Stade de France.

Smith was a substitute that night when Owen scored England’s goal in a 1-1 draw. But with Kevin leaving his England post the following game against Germany at Wembley (1-0 defeat), Alan never did get the chance to play under Keegan.

Smith says he just cannot wait to work with Keegan at Newcastle:

“The news of Kevin Keegan’s appointment broke shortly before we played Stoke, and the lads produced a performance fit for a Kevin Keegan team,”

“I’ve never seen a reaction to a new manager like the one I saw on Wednesday among the fans and it makes you realize what Kevin means to the Geordies.”

“Kevin’s arrival has given the players, the fans, and everyone connected to the club a massive lift.”

“I was just a young ‘un at Leeds when Kevin was taking Newcastle to great things in the ’90s but I remember that Newcastle were always everybody’s second team in those days because of the great football they played.”

“Everybody wanted them to do well and everybody loved watching them.”

“I’ll always be grateful to Kevin, too, because he brought me into a full England squad for the first time when he was in charge of the national side.

“I was in the under-21 squad but Kevin pulled me out of that to take me with the senior side to France and although I sat on the bench in that game it was my first taste of the full England squad.”

The 27-year-old says that he knows all about Newcastle through former Leeds and Newcastle defensive midfield star David Batty.

Smudge continued:

“David Batty is a great pal of mine and Batts has often told me of the good times there were under Kevin Keegan at Newcastle United,”

“Batts loved everything about his time at Newcastle and even if people say there was no success in terms of trophies, then it’s right to say there was relative success and hopefully we can re-create that type of thing now.”

“It hasn’t been a good season so far and the rest of it now has to be a steady build-up.”

“But we’ve got a new lease of life now and everybody’s a million percent behind the new gaffer. We’ve got a good squad of good players – now we’ve got to go out there and prove it.”

We wonder if Alan will fit into the style of play that Kevin plays but we suppose Keegan must rate Alan if he called gim upo for England duty.

What do you think – is Alan’s future at Newcastle bright under Kevin Keegan?

Let us know – comments and opinions always welcome.

24 comments so far

  • James

    Jan 22, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #1

    But can Smith possible have a future under Keegan? A player with no pace or goal scoring form.

    The two positives about Smith are :

    1. He seems to really love Newcastle and want to do well with us.

    2. Anytime I’ve seen him and Owen up front for England they have looked good as a pair, because Smith always tries to get the ball to Owen as often as possible rather than take the chances himself.

  • Vitorbarbosa

    Jan 22, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Yes, he can. He should focus, focus and focus and his goals will come. Smith is one of the star in his younger days but unlike Owen who gets so much attention, he should be able to be developed into a quality player. What’s more, he learnt from SAF. What’s more we need to talk about him?

  • Black and White Blood

    Jan 22, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #3

    I think Smith is good player, and should keep him!

  • Indian toon

    Jan 22, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #4

    i dont really see a role for alan under keegan. we most probably are gonna get a striker. so smith’s chances in the starting 11 is under doubt.!!

  • ToonKing

    Jan 22, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #5

    you guys seen this ??

    s masterstroke in my eyes, not only someone who play that badly needed right wing but would bring huge revenue from merchandising, put us on the world map and attract players.
    If Mike pulls this of, i’ll be amazed.

  • AdamCF

    Jan 22, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #6

    Is Smithy a vampire?

  • Graeme

    Jan 22, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #7

    errrrr, that Smithy runs round like a headless chicken, cant tackle, cant play midfield, hasnt scored a goal in over 2 years.

    Why is he still at SJP – use him in part-ex for a decent player along with Ameobi, Carr & Owen.

  • Kash2

    Jan 22, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #8

    Shearer to manage Hartlepool. Definitely a good move for him. He would gain good experience there and then take over from KK in 3.5 years time!

  • ronaldeano

    Jan 22, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #9

    Dosent score anywhere near enough goals. We need goal scorers to get us where we want to be. Smith is no longer a prolific goalscorer and he cant play anywhere elce, get rid

  • Graham

    Jan 22, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #10

    I could give Smith another massive lift – back to Old Trafford!

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 22, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #11

    It’s a shame that he obviously can’t play midfield as his effort and enthusiasm could have helped make him a battling Batty.

    Although played well in attack V Gooners he still has it all to prove. Goals and assists top priority or you’ll be gone in the summer.

    Take every chance you get now cos they could be few and far between if you have any more “headless chicken” performances.

  • coolsmurf

    Jan 22, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #12

    he was wasted at old trafford and his potential halted there…

  • dingo

    Jan 22, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #13

    A few choice KK comments for ya like….

  • DP

    Jan 22, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Lads, what does everyone reckon about the Becks rumours!? I’ve just read it in The Times. So i’m thinking there at least has to be an element of truth in it, the shirt sales alone would be monumental, but in my humble opinion the guy is still the best dead ball specialist in world football today. Mr Ashley, KK, if you pull this off, you’ll be legends!


  • keegan

    Jan 22, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #15

    beckham would be a bad he is finished you dont go to play in america if your any good. in my opinion he was finished a few year ago

  • Leo

    Jan 22, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #16

    beckham wont be coming to newcastle. smith will probly leave in the summer for rangers

  • James

    Jan 22, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #17

    I think Mort and Ashley know they will never get Beckham but by having Newcastle linked to him in the papers, it raises our publicity further.

  • mTsang

    Jan 22, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #18

    i hope smith will fit in keegan’s plan. But i think smith’s best position is forward after all.

  • James

    Jan 22, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #19

    I think Smith’s best position is…..playing for someone else

  • nightfall

    Jan 22, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #20

    i think smith should play in bundesliga…i think he’d do ok there, so…get him a raft and send him there…

  • Zx

    Jan 22, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #21

    “I love KK, I think he has what it takes to take up to the top” All the players are taking turns to suckup to the boss…who’s next?

  • Bill f

    Jan 22, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #22

    Juninho is the best dead ball man in the world. If we are geting an older star let it be him. I really cannot see Beckham coming to us anyway. Not even with the goodwill gesture of letting them have Babby (joke).

    I have been sorta out of touch recently so is the Shearer/ Hartlepool thing a rumour or what. Probably would be a good thing for him, Cloughie started there and he turned out to be a brilliant manager. Be great if he could do likewise.

  • AlexW

    Jan 22, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #23

    i love smith, his attitude and commitment is second to none, but hes a very good player and should definatly have a role under KK

  • scott9

    Jan 22, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #24

    just think keegan is good at getting the best out of players i no big sam was meant to be but he didnt have time. so if keegan can get the best out of
    smith up front
    just think if he can get the best out of all these players we no have qaulity but are unbleievable inconsistent.


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