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.â€
“Kevin’s arrival has given the players, the fans, and everyone connected to the club a massive lift.â€
“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.â€
“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.
“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.â€
“It hasn’t been a good season so far and the rest of it now has to be a steady build-up.â€
“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?
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