Joe Kinnear Puts His Faith In Alan Smith


Joe Kinnear is very happy to see Alan Smith back in the groove and itching for a first team spot, after being out with an Achilles injury since August.

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Alan Smith – should be in the squad on Saturday at WBA

Alan is one of the players who has not been available to Joe since he took over as Newcastle manager in late September, and there’s only one other player he hasn’t seen in action.

That’s our Uruguayan loan signing Ignacio Gonzalez, but is he still at the club? Joe had said in early January they would probably send him back to Valencia, so we don’t know if he’s still at the club, and we would expect the Board to tell us something, if he has moved back to Spain – but we’ll not hold our breath.

Of course in January there was some confusion because Smith was reportedly offered to Middlesbrough during the winter market. Since Joe presumably didn’t know about that, was that Dennis Wise controlling things again?

As soon as Joe heard about it he put a stop to it, and Alan said he wanted to stay at Newcastle and prove himself.

Joe said today:

“I’ve been unable to pick Smithy since coming in as manager and I’m delighted to get the opportunity to do so now.”

“I’ve always rated Smithy very, very highly – and he’ll bring the battling qualities we need at the moment.”

“He wears his heart on his sleeve, and that’s what you need when you are up against it.”

There’s no doubt that Smith is a Kinnear type of player, who gives his all for the team, and never gives up – much like newly signed Kevin Nolan.

Whether Joe can get the best out of Alan remains to be seen, but if Joe can do that, he’s got a very good experienced player in the squad in Alan Smith.

We hope that happens.

What do you think about Alan Smith – can he get the job done for Newcastle this season?

Comments welcome.



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72 comments so far

  • workyticket

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Oh Christ.

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #2

    whos alan smith, aint he a commentator

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  • ronaldeano

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Who is Kinnear going to drop to give that donkey a start?

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #4

    Ive said this before – I think Smith will come back guns blazing for us and if he doesnt then we should just flog him on.

    WBA got slaughtered last night by Burnley.

    We should be able to pick their defense apart, so fingers crossed we can bag a couple of goals.

    I think a win against the prem basement boys would at least raise some spirits. As long as we dont do a Derby and get beat.

    I have faith and am looking forward to Nolan and Taylor making his debut for we. I do hope he takes our set pieces as we all know Butt and Geremi and Duff cant take a set piece for sh*t.

    COME ON TOON.

    Lets leave all the doom and gloom for a bit.

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  • valle

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #5

    I agree, lets give smudge a 2nd chance… He never got a run in attack and i have the utmoust respect for his charecter will to fight.

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  • Raffo

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #6

    Im with you TG, Ive defended smudge on here and 606. fair do’s he hasnt scored but with him and barton and now nolan showing some grit and fight and determination i think it will spur others on. Im not actually bothered about Owens injury clearing quickly, im happy for oba to come back. im more concerned with barton and beye getting back asap, although beyes out for a while i know

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  • Yellow Belly

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #7

    Give him a chance just what we need as long as we play him in his best position and not a defensive midfielder.
    Always played best when he was a right winger come striker in a 4-3-3 but I doubt very much Kinear is capable of thinking about tactics. This would suit Lov and Duff too. 1 Striker = Martins Lov and Smithy behind

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #8

    only joking about smith, we need all players in this fight and smith loves a fight 🙂

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  • ronaldeano

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #9

    The lad hasent scored a goal for 3-4 years!

    Fair enough he gives it 100%, but he is not good enough imo

    There are better fit players in our squad than Smith that should start in front of him.

    Il eat my hat if he comes even close to scoring a goal on Saturday

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #10

    I dont think he will even start to be honest.

    There are other up in the pecking order.

    I see Oba and Carroll upfront.

    The day JFK uses anything other than 4 4 2 will be the day I arrive at SJP dressed as Stephanie from Lazytown – wig and all. Aint gonna happen so aint got nowt to worry about.

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  • Kash

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #11

    Didn’t Joe put his Irish Faith in Duff as well? He’s been a sack of sh1t to date too!!!

    I’m all for giving Smudge a 2nd chance, hell, i’ll give him a 3rd, but he needs to play up front in his natural position. We’re in a relegation scrap, and nuisance players like Smudge will irritate opposing defences!!!

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  • Charlietoon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #12

    There is more chance of finding proof of a divine being than Smithy coming good. I think he should have to prove himself in the reserves before coming straight back in. I’d rather see Nolan and Butt in the middle or Nolan and anyone. Thank god we got Nolan. Anyone know when Danny is back?

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  • Kash

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #13

    Did anyone see that Vuckic is starting for the kids?

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  • Nick D

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #14

    That one line sums it up. Kinnear is a clueless, old school English manager, still living in the past and totally out of line with what is required these days. Just hope we don’t get relegated and then get him out of the club asap.

    Smith is useless. Giving 100% should be a given, but it can’t disguise been unable to score in a brothel or set up just one ” assist ” in 40 games !!
    he may have been half decent 7 years ago. Move on !! Butt get s enough stupid yellow cards as it is.

    Smith & Butt should be out the door, but this being NUFC, we give Butt another contract on 50K a week, Only at SJP !!! When we will ever stop scoring own goals and get a bit ruthless.

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  • ginkoh

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #15

    Hope Smith can return our faith to his performance. After long long time he cannot score, let’s try this Saturday but if it won’t happen, it’s not surprise for me.

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  • ronaldeano

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #16

    Smith will irritate US aswell with his lack of goals!!

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #17

    He has 14 games to prove himself as I see it.

    His fightingspirit i needed in times like these so I really hope he find his form

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  • Charlietoon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #18

    The only positive about putting him up front is that he is not in the midfield or the backs.hahaha poor smith it really didn’t work out for him did it. he would have been at Everton by now if he had not got injured

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  • Nick D

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #19

    Smith even buggered up the reserves good run !!

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  • Dingo†®

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #20

    “urk”…….

    (that’s a worried sound in case you didn’t know)

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #21

    We have him till the end of the season – we need all the players we can – let’s see how he plays for JFK.

    He got Shola scoring goals – so who knows !!!!!

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  • Nenad

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #22

    I think Alan just needs a bit of confidence. Ant it will come with that elusive 1st goal for Toon.

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  • ronaldeano

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #23

    Poor Alan Smith, its not HIS fault he cant score goals!!

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  • ronaldeano

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #24

    No goals in 4 years realy is taking the p*ss!

    For a striker……!

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  • ian

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #25

    I like him in midfield, Sam brought him in for the midfield then he has been pushed to the front again where he isnt good and gets all of the abuse again, he heads on really well and with Martins and Carroll who seems to have discovered his legs are only 20 years old too and is actually moving now we may score from his knock ons, he wins a lot of balls in the air and panics teams in to bad passes with his running at them.

    Keep him in midfield not as a striker, Carroll and Martins at the front, if Carroll starts strolling around again put on Shola.

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  • Tom

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #26

    I’m dreading seeing this guy playing again 🙁

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #27

    I would love to see him come good..it’s amazing what a goal can do to a player…he just aint got that goal yet..we will wait patiently Alan no pressure : )

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #28

    ronaldeano,

    I am not a fan of Smith, however, was he not played in midfield more than an out and out striker before his injury ?

    Even Xisco has sored for us !!! lol 🙂

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  • hitman

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #29

    id be more worried if joe put his faith in gerimi 🙂

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  • Craigg

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #30

    Wow this site has changed a fair bit we now need passwords, No Tom_Toon and spyro!

    Although some things never change and Smith still hasnt scored…No to be fair i hope we can see the Smith of Leeds and early Man Utd because the lad needs a goal and i think he there will be a visable boost to his confidence.

    I dont know if anyone remembers but i used to come on here a fair bit and was an avid Shola supporter and i’m absolutely delighted to see him back in black and white chipping in with vital goals again and reaching his half century with that pen against the unwashed.

    Is it only me or are things finally looking brighter, Im chuffed with Ryan Taylor as his set piece delivery, Passing and shooting from distance is top drawer and Nolan can give us 5-10 goals a season from the centre of midfield something we have badly lacked and Lovenkrands gives us an injection of much needed pace.

    N’Nobbia gone, Sadly Given as well but Harpers loyalty is finally rewarded.
    (Hopefully with an England call up)

    Wise in the dole soon (With any luck) and we stopped the mackems doing the double over us.

    Plus we have games against West Brom, Bolton, Boro, Stoke, Pompey, Sperms, Fulham, Everton and Hull to play so its certainly in our hands.

    When we get two of Oba, Owen and Viduka playing at the same time we will fly up the league.

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #31

    Moring sirjason,

    No sign of the cockney bummer boy today ? 🙂

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  • HalftimeBovril

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #32

    This is a bit of an out there suggestion, but why not try him behind the two strikers in the role occupied by Owen last season, worth a try i reckon

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  • Matt Lacey

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #33

    I can’t see Smith being our saviour, to be honest.

    Don’t forget that West Brom’s recent home form is impressive as well, ignoring their defeat to all-conquering Man Utd, they are unbeaten in 6 at the Hawthorns.

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #34

    I will be there on Saturday shouting the boys on – managed to get 4 tickets for the directors box!!

    Wonder if Mr Ashley will be there ???

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  • ronaldeano

    Feb 4, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #35

    @B.A.G

    If he is, throw a prawn sandwhich at him!! 🙂

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  • If we go out to win the game and not be complacent we have a good chance of winning. Losing 3-1 to Burnley cant be good for morale can it? West Brom have a few injuries at the moment too.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 4, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #37

    Born Again Geordie –

    Be loud and proud and make sure you are heard!!

    Are you alound to sing – “Get into them – F**k them up” in the directors box?

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 4, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #38

    Milan – Im sure one of their first team limped off last night in the 59th min or somit.

    Lets hope we can do them over and get those 3 points.

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  • LooneyToon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #39

    Time for Smithy to step up and show us what he is made of….

    I have backed him and will continue to do so as long as he gives 110%….

    I am not expecting him to come out all guns blazing on Saturday if he plays as the lad has been out for the best part of 6 month….no player comes straight back in a plays at the top of their game….

    Smithy has his qualities….play the lad upfront and give him a run of games in his true position….he can also do a job in centre mid in which he always gives blood seat and tears for the cause….

    Games, match practice and confidence is what he needs….that will come with time….

    The best thing about the lad is that he has the mental strength to block out all the sh1te and negativity that comes his way….

    I am chuffed he is returning from injury

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  • ian

    Feb 4, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #40

    We have nobody winning anything in midfield I think that is where he can do a job for us, also he is good in the air in the box, so they will have to mark him heavily which leaves less marking for Carroll and Martins.

    There are many more players who havent scored either who do not get the abuse this player gets, keep him in midfield he wil provide balls for Carroll and Martins, he doesnt switch off like many premiership players do.

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