A lot of fans have wondered how Alan Smith will fare under Kevin Keegan at Newcastle United and we get some hints from an interview Kevin gave today to the Evening Chronicle.
Alan Smith – will not play every game for Keegan
The Newcastle manager said today:
â€œAlan Smith is one of those players around the football club that are just a delight to have.â€ â€œThese are the sort of guys you build the club spirit on. He may not play every week, but he can play in different positions.â€
â€œI had to take him off because I felt I needed to make a little change.â€ â€œBut you feel bad taking people like that off because you know theyâ€™re 100% committed.â€
â€œIt hurts them when you bring them off, even if they understand the reasons why.â€
Great man management sensibilities again from Keegan, and you can see why his players respect him so much. Not just because heâ€™s a football personality respected and liked all over the world, but because he treats his players with respect and as men. He also ensures they all know they are part of the Newcastle United Football club and have a part to play in its future success.
With Alan Smith, we wonder if he’s going to be happy to going back to potentially being a squad player under Keegan, which we think will happen. He left Manchester United for more games, so we’ll have to see how things turn out for Alan.
While Alan is very versatile, it’s more like he’s a Jack of all Trades but Master of None. What we mean by that is his best position is certainly striker, but he’s not the best striker at the club. He can also play central midfield and out wide, but again there are better players at the club who can play in those positions.
An excellent squad player for us, no doubt, and very experienced, and Alan gives his all for the club. But we wonder if he will enjoy being a squad player at Newcastle – we don’t think so.
What do you think?
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