Smith Could End Up At Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough are reported to be interested in Newcastle’s Alan Smith, and will try to lure him from St James’ Park in the summer.


Alan Smith – could be on way to Teesside

That’s the news this morning being reported in the Evening Chronicle, and it seems that Gareth Southgate has now joined the queue behind Rangers manager Walter Smith for the former England international.

It’s interesting that Southgate, Kevin Keegan and Newcastle’s Mike Ashley and Chris Mort were at the Sir Bobby Robson charity dinner at St James’ Park on Friday night, and could well have discussed the deal, after one or two drinks maybe.

People at the event report that Newcastle’s Chairman was in a long conversation with Sunderland Chairman Niall Quinn, and Mike Ashley had a long discussion with Southgate.

It turns out Southgate has been a big admirer of Smith for some time, and it may even be a good deal for Smith, because he is unlikely now to be able to command a starting position at the Tyneside club. He left Man United to play more football and since Big Sam left he saw very little of that.

Southgate was one manager who attempted to get Alan Smith 12 months ago from Manchester United, and it would seem to us it may be a good deal for both clubs.

Every manager he has ever played for has complimented Smith on his attitude, and while he has come in for some criticism from our fans, some of it was probably over the top, because of another frustrating season.

Our criticism of Alan has been leveled at his playing performances and and mainly his inability to score goals, but we know he’s a very good lad and a great team player.

If we can recuperate the £6M we paid for him from Man United, that would be a good deal, and Kevin would be armed with extra cash to go after a replacement.

We do expect Smith to leave Newcastle in the summer, even though he has already said he doesn’t want to go.

What do you think?

Comments always welcome.

76 comments so far

  • nightfall

    May 13, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #1

    HOPE SO 🙂

  • Ant

    May 13, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #2

    It’s interesting that Southgate, Kevin Keegan and Newcastle’s Mike Ashley and Chris Mort were at the Sir Bobby Robson charity dinner at St James’ Park on Friday night, and could well have discussed the deal, after one or two drinks maybe.

    You would need a few drinks down you to consider Alan Bloody Smith!!

  • najikhin

    May 13, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #3

    PL’s worst signing of the season..

  • Ant

    May 13, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #4

    Don’t forget we also signed Geremi and Barton!

    What a terrible midfield, not since the days of Dalglish have I feared such possible selections.

  • Nick Dryden

    May 13, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Please god let this be true.
    KK has got to see beyond the 100% effort that just can not camourflage a hugley limited ” alledged ” footballer. Fergie ain’t stupid!!!

  • Eric

    May 13, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Come and get himSouthgate. You can have him gift wrapped with a pretty bow round his nether regions!!!!!

  • nightfall

    May 13, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #7

    there’s sth wrong with southgate…he wanted shola, bought aliadiere and now he wants smith…

  • Ant

    May 13, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #8

    Going for the quick hat-trick.

    This news just overwhelms me!

    That’s 2 journalist reporting on him going, true one is the home to the vile @r5ehole Oliver but still….

    Sometimes you have to pray extra hard!

  • michael

    May 13, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #9

    I would rather see Geremi go. Smith has at least had good seasons in the past, and Geremi runs like a 40yr old.
    Smith does try for you but if Boro want a stiker who didn’t score a single goal this season i would have to say that deal will likely go through. Can’t imagine Smith will be happy on their bench though, given how useless Allidiare is.
    Bizarre wish list from Southgate.

  • Lazy

    May 13, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #10

    Geremi, Smith, Barton and Duff OUT please. 🙂

  • Ant (Smith's a smoggy)

    May 13, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #11

    Lazy, couldn’t agree more mate.

    Haway Keegan it’s more the outs than the ins!!!!

  • geordie_jordan

    May 13, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #12

    i’ll pay the taxi

  • GeordieBoy

    May 13, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #13


  • geordie in taipei

    May 13, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #14

    Geordie Jordan – no need to be so extravagent as to pay for a taxi…….he’s been no where near good enough to warrant a taxi ride………he should get the bus – AS SOON AS POSSIBLE !

  • figsdad

    May 13, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #15

    like shepherd would say i would carry him myself

    please if there is a god let this be true…


    May 13, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #16

    replace him with ANELKA 😉

  • Elliott

    May 13, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #17

    Cross those fingers.

  • Bill F

    May 13, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #18

    Best news we have had today, if it is true.

    Michael, I went to bed before your reply re the 666 bus. Had a good chortle over it when I did, very witty.

  • Graeme

    May 13, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #19

    If there is a God, PLEASE let this be true.

    If Boro need an Assistant Corner Flag Attendant, there isnt a better one in England. I’ll carry the useless lump to Smoggieland if need be.

  • Ian

    May 13, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #20

    Who else will work anywhere on the pitch without complaint or threatening to leave?

    I am sure Zog is going because Sam shoved him at the back and he started talking to other clubs.

    Small squads need a player who will play anywhere as there arent many who will.

  • steve

    May 13, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #21

    Straight swap for Downing if Boro
    Straight swap for Cuellar if Rangers

    Both would be excellent deals for us

  • Joe Toon

    May 13, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #22

    yeah, I agree Ian. Good football teams are built on diversity and the ability for a manager to plug gaps that need filling from injuries, loss of form etc. However, and as much as i like smith’s mentality and leadership qualities i’m affraid he isnt good enough.

    But at the same time, we are also gonna have to look at this close season, not just with optimism but also reality.

    Who can we really attract? We are a mid table club, with no european football to offer, a somewhat declining reputation, and a management hierachy wherby no one really knows who’s doing what.

    Although i’d love to see veloso, moutinho, carrick, diego, vdv, metzelder etc sign – is this really gonna happen – even fulham look like they may have european football.

    We may look back in 12 months time and wish we hadnt got rid of smith due to her versality…….it wouldnt be the first time now would it boys?

    As for zoggy, hope he stays, he could become a legend on tyneside, as long as his attitude imporves

  • KKK

    May 13, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #23

    Downing has just recently signed a new contract and Cuellar has spoke out today saying he doesn’t want a move to the Premier League. So both of them are probably out of reach.

    I think we could get Bridge, Dunne, Veloso, VanDerVaart and Gomis. All of them would improve the squad and first team massively.

    But i trust that whoever Keegan brings in will do a great job.


    May 13, 2008 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #24

    To be fair to Barton despite his thuggish attitude and Scouse accent was paramount to our revival and eventual safety, he is a terrific player and if he can stay out of Jail then he could be a great player for us in the coming years he still only 25-26 Year old.

  • Bill F

    May 13, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #25

    Craigg, agree, Barton has looked like a new player under KK.

  • KKK

    May 13, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #26,,10278~1311472,00.html

    I think this article shows Owens commitment to Newcastle.

    There is no way he is leaving in the summer. His new contract will be signed by the end of the week.

  • KKK

    May 13, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #27
  • Phil P

    May 13, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #28

    ill wrap him up & drive him!

    to people who are sayin aliadiere has been useless this season though, have you actually watched him? my housemate is a dirty smoggy so ive seen a fair few games & tbh hes one of the only players id take from their team

  • Ant (Smith's a smoggy)

    May 13, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #29

    Barton has been piss-poor all season.

    Even under the revival, he has been better but still terrible passing and poor fouls.

    He was excellent at Man City, and may be made into an excellent player under Keegan, but he has done very little to warrant a first team place, other than having Smith and Geremi in our squad.

    Our goasl come from Enrique/Beye supplying the forwards with excellent, direct play and the versatility in attack of the Duke, Oba and of course Owen, who to his credit, has played his role marvellously, no Beye at right back, but he has shne through.

    The midfield seem good simmply by being there. Barton and Geremi contribute very little.

  • broon ale

    May 13, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #30

    has anyone else noticed how crap the ad’s on this website are? The prize for the worst has to go to the one which said. “do you like Gordon Brown? Vote now! get a lap top! “

  • geordie_jordan

    May 13, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #31

    agree with the barton comments, if he can get his head screwed on proper like he can be immense for us

  • Grunde

    May 13, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #32

    Great to get rid of him…

  • JJ

    May 13, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #33

    Agree, keep Barton, he is ou best midfielder.

    As for Smith, if we could do a swap deal with Rangers of say Smith plus 2Mil for Cuellar, then I would be the happiest Ive been all season.
    Replace Smith with Eidur Gudjohnssen (6mil) bid and I’ll be delighted.
    Then if we could get Veloso (16mil) and Wayne Bridge (5mil) I would explode with joy.
    That would leave us needing to sign one decent midfielder and my pick would be Bullard (2Mil).
    Six players in and 32Mil spent.

    That would see us have:






    Subs: Harper, Taylor, Butt, Geremi, Owen, Viduka, Duff, Milner, Enrique, Edgar, Lua Lua.

    We would have quality cover and experience in every position.
    If N’Zogbia want to go, get in McGeady.

    If we sell Ameobi (2.5M), Rozenhal (2M), Casapa (1M) and Emre (3M) and Carr (500k) then we would only have spent 22Mil on transfers which is more or less our budget.
    And we would have a strong squad with depth capable of a top 6 finish.

  • JJ

    May 13, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #34

    Oh! we need to find the 7 blind men who thought that Smith was the best player against Everton and kick them off the site!!!!
    We dont need that kind of praise, what if KK sees that and thinks he is good!!!! Must stop this ED ; )

  • JJ

    May 13, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #35

    One more thinf ED. You mention
    “we know he’s a very good lad and a great team player.”
    WE- the Newcastle fans. Most certainly do not!
    “we” think he has been the worst buy of the season and is an utter waste of space on the field and “we” certainly think he should be moved on as qulckly as possible.


    May 13, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #36

    Maybe southgate is planning some sick Texas Chainsaw massacre type face transplant, Replacing his elephant man like mug with Smiths pretty boy image

    Its the only way hell probably get his clubs board to agree with this deal

    Although didnt Steve Gibson give McClaren £5m for Michael Ricketts…

  • nufctj

    May 13, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #37

    If these are the kind of players Boro is after they will surely be relegated. Smitty has been downright useless for us. I don’t usually like to slog off on players on here, but I can’t think of one thing he contributed this season. He stops any kind of offensive flow in the midfield, he gives up the ball in bad spots, he fouls in even worse spots, and he takes stupid cards. Plus on top of it all, he can’t score anymore. But obviously KK fancies him in some way. We must recoup some of our 6M. Sell him quickly! Have a nice time in the Championship Boro! Would you be interested in Msgrs. Duff and Cacapa also?

  • ObaFan2

    May 13, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #38

    broon ale, sick of looking at Browns face tbh lol.

    Have you noticed how laggy this site has become too, always stuttering and thats tried with 2 different pc’s and a laptop with decent connections !!

  • reillers

    May 13, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #39

    There’s the door. For the love of God use it.

  • Hammy

    May 13, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #40

    Can’t we swap Smith for a couple of match balls?


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