Smith In Shock Swap Deal For Mido – Doesn’t Want To Leave


The Daily Mirror is reporting today that Alan Smith has hit out at the club, as Newcastle United are reported to have agreed to swap him for Middlesbrough striker Mido.

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Alan Smith – returning from injury next week

The proverbial inside source has told the Daily Mirror:

“Alan’s really angry about this. He has been working hard to regain his fitness and wants to do well — at Newcastle.”

“He is back in training and should be ready for selection by the end of the month.

“He does not want to go anywhere else.”

Smith was a £6M signing from Manchester United 18 months ago, and has never shown the form at Newcastle he is capable of, although we have heard several times he did not want to leave the club.

However, there may be many reasons for that, including the very high wage he is on, £60K/week, for who ius a fringe player at the club.

Smith has told the club he has no intention of leaving St James’ Park, but Alan is not in a strong position, having been signed as a striker, and still to score his first goal for the club.

Newcastle are now threatening that Smith will never play for the club again if he does not accept the move, and even in the best of times we just cannot see Alan starting many games at Newcastle, because he’s so low down now in the striker pecking order.

Smith, 28, is reported to see the attempt to get rid of him, presumably behind his back, as a massive slap in the face after spending three months working hard to get fit following an ankle ligament operation.

Well since he’s never played for the club since early September, we assume he’s been working hard doing something to earn his £60K/week, ( £780K in total since he was injured) and if  it’s working hard getting back to fitness that’s what he should be doing.

Alan should not feel slighted about this – if he felt that strong about staying on Tyneside, he should have concentrated on playing a lot better than we have seen from him so far at Newcastle, and perhaps he should have scored a few goals for us.

If Alan’s feelings are hurt so be it, but this is business and Alan just isn’t worth £60K/week we pay him,   and wasn’t worth the £6M transfer fee  – and Alan – that’s the truth in the cool light of day.

However why we are bringing the Egyptian Mido to the club in his place is a complete different story, and surely we would have done better to get cold cash for Smith, since Mido has been less than consistent in his career in England.

The 6’2″ striker has been at KAA Gent, Ajax, Celtic Viga, Marseilles, Roma, Spurs and Middlesbrough on his travels, and while he can be a decent player, there are questions about his temperament and consistency.

In the good side he is an emotional player, much like Oba Martins, and could be lifted by the Newcastle fans, to put in some good performances, because he has the ability, there’s little doubt about that.

Of course there were also some chants at him recently from just a few of the Toon Army when he played for Middlebrough against us in the recent 0-0 draw, so he may not be too interested in a move to Newcastle.

However, we don’t think that will stop him wanting to play on Tyneside, where he’ll appreciate the terrific supporters who no doubt be right behind him.
What do you think about all of this?

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132 comments so far

  • bigpeaovtheweab

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #1

    mido to the toon i dont think so he hates us with a passion

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  • broon ale

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #2

    as if mido would come here after he accused the whole geordie support of insulting his precious religion.

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  • Partizan

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Smith and Zoggy for Downing would be a cool swap,although can’t see it happening.

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  • bigpeaovtheweab

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #4

    giv smith 1 last chance i say his work rate is second to non even if he dosent score he works his arse off on the feild

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  • bigpeaovtheweab

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #5

    not a hope in hell youve got more chance of him eating a big fat bacon sarnie

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #6

    PLEASE BE TRUE

    I am a huge Mido fan.

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  • TooKing

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #7

    Downing is the most overrated player in the EPL, he’s crap.

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  • bigpeaovtheweab

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #8

    @ tom toon
    he wont want to cum here nor do we as a whole want him there are better players than him look in the championship much better players that wont want silly wages and will try there hears out for there place why isnt nile ranger being ofered a place to start surely we shuld be trying our youngsters

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  • Darling27

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #9

    What a load of rubbish. These newspapers really don’t have anything to write about so make crap stories up about the toon. Pathetic.

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  • Incognito

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #10

    Wouldn’t want Mido because of his regular attack on Newcastle supporters.

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  • bigpeaovtheweab

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #11

    @ tooking
    to rights mate he crap much better than him

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  • jordi

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #12

    Ha Ha!

    Getting the April 1st stories in early are you Ed?

    Mido to Newcastle… as soon as Ashley mediates peace in the Middle-East maybe!

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  • Tom

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #13

    Mido wouldn’t come to us after the abuse he had received from the idiots amongst our fans.

    However, if he would, good riddance to Smith. Not a huge fan of Mido, but he is a damn site better than thatw aste of space.

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  • Kash

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #14

    He reports our fans to the FA for racial abuse and now he’s gonna sign for us? I hardly think so!!!

    SHouldn’t we be looking to offload Viduka as well? Give him back to Boro!

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #15

    Smith for Mido
    aye gan on.

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  • Canuck

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #16

    Agree with Tom_Toon. Mido can be a decent player, although he is tempremental. I would prefer almost anyone to Owen running around trying to avoid injury.

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  • Daniel

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #17

    This must be the article with the lowest credibility I’ve ever read. How Smith can feel angry at Newcastle, and why Mido would consider moving to us is completely beyond me.

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  • Brian

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #18

    I can just see him bombing down the wing for us great signing 🙁

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  • Nick C

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #19

    Money talks. We used to give Viduka serious gip about his girth and birthplace whilst questioning his parentage.

    It didnt seem to bother him any….

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  • Spyro

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #20

    Nonsense

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  • Will

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #21

    I would say yes

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #22

    I’ve been wanting Mido since his Ajax days.

    However I agree some mindless idiots in the crowd has probably spurned our chances of getting him.

    What a deal this would be for us though!

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  • Rem

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #23

    Downing is worthless,

    He is lazy and hardy does anything.

    If he actually tried i might want him but he doesnt so he is nowhere near zog

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  • toonmadtom

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #24

    no way, this can not be true

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #25

    Wey I !!!!!

    It’s in the Daily Mirror ! – enough said !!!

    😀

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  • bigpeaovtheweab

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #26

    @ brian bomming down the wing ?
    dont think that wud gan down well do u ?

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  • Sydney_toon

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #27

    Im egyptian – Mido is a good player but the problem is he has had many arguements with coaches and gets angry when doesnt start games. He complained about how he was substitued for zaki in 06 african cup although zaki scored with his first touch. I believe he well settle well here and many egyptians will start supportin newcastle as they like him there.

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  • broon ale

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #28

    brian. “mido and bombing in the same post”. be carefull buddy, islam might be offended.

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  • Jimmie

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #29

    Guess this article came from the sun. Why would Mido come here after the stick he got from the toon army? Smith could do a job as a defensive midfielder..

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #30

    I predict that Wayne Rooney is totally fed up with things at Man Ure that he wants to join J F K’s revolution at Newcastle and become the saviour of the Toon. This comes from a source close to the player !

    Well it is about as credible as anything those mugs publish !!! lol 😀

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  • Kash

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #31

    “I’ve been wanting Mido since his Ajax days.” – I heard he’s single!

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #32

    We are also going to Get Roy Keane in as JFK’s number 2.

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  • Partizan

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #33

    TT…..Have you seen the progress Milos Krasic has made in the last 2 years.
    I swear to god…..if this guy choose the right club,he could be shoulder to shoulder with CR7 which by the way i don’t rate as much as the world describes him.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84P8NRAC9Wg

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  • Spyro

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #34

    Man U have just completed their 3rd signing. We really need to get a few people in quickly.

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  • broon ale

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #35

    partizan. his considerable talents are more suited to a good team, that rules us out

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #36

    So Smith sees this as a slap in the face !!! I could live with a slap in the face every week for £ 60 k!

    lol 🙂

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  • Sydney_toon

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #37

    spyro – its funny how they said they wont sign any1

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  • Nick

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #38

    Of course Smith doesn’t want to go. nobody else would pay the stupid wages for absolute crud.
    Would be interesting if Smith had to do performance related ( no goals, no assists, just red and yellow cards.)

    It’s funny people say Ashley is asset stripping. Who exactly are assets out of Smith, Butt, duff, geremi, Viduka, owen (doesn’t want to be here)
    Given (wants to leave) Barton ( hated universally.)

    With a half decent manager this would be boom time to get rid of an awful lot of aging, overpaid sicknotes, get some quality in with money from sales and upgrade some youngsters, not just bleat on endlessly.

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #39

    mido ha ha, he can get too cluck

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  • Partizan

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #40

    Broon Ale…..I think we would be a perfect club for him before he joins Real Madrid or Man Utd.

    Just think about the resale value of this player…….pure profit 😉

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