Alan Smith – I Will Give Eveything I Have For Newcastle

Alan Smith is nothing if not a determined and committed player on the football field, and he showed by his performance on Wednesday night, against his former club, Manchester United, that he could be a big plus for Newcastle in the crucial run-in of 10 games left in the season.


Alan Smith – no question about this lad’s character

But Alan has come out today in the Newcastle Journal and said there is a determination with the Newcastle players to get themselves away from the rather severe relegation trouble the club is in right now.  We hope so.

Of course the players, who should never been in this position given their level of skill, have to face the fact they they will be remembered for being the players who took the famous Newcastle club down into the Championship, with all the negative connotations on most things that will have, not least of all the decimation of our current squad.

Certainly it will be the highest paid group of players ever to be relegated if  it happens.

Alan said today:

“I’m confident we will stay up, definitely,” “If you look at the performance against Manchester United, it should give everyone great hope.”

“It means a lot to the players. There is pride in that dressing room and a commitment to the club, no matter who you are, or where you have come from.”

“Nobody wants to have that stigma attached to them, that they were in a Newcastle team which was relegated from the Premiership.”

“We don’t want to be known as the players who let Newcastle United down.” “We’ve got ten massive games left, but we are all pulling in the right direction.”

“The squad here now at Newcastle has got a lot more quality and a lot more experience than the one which got relegated at Leeds.”

“We’re in a position where it’s in our hands, we’re in a position where we can get ourselves out of it.” “At Leeds we were relying on other clubs to slip up, so I think we’re in a much better position.”

As we’ve mentioned probably too many times Smith has not had a good time of things on Tyneside, and in his 39 appearances he still has to score his first senior goal for the club, since his £6M move from Manchester United in August of 2007.

But his fighting character and never-say-die attitude both on and off the pitch, is good for any side, and it’s good to have Alan back in the fray. Certainly if Wednesday night is anything to go by, the lad could be getting some of his form back too, which is just what the club needs.

Smith continued:

“It has been difficult to spend so long in the treatment room when the club has been through so much, but I knew it was a serious injury when I went for the operation, so you prepare yourself.”

“I hadn’t played a first-team game in nine months, but there was no better game to come back than against Manchester United.”

“It’s been hard for everyone this season and I’m not going to moan about my injury.” “I feel good, although obviously I need matches, it’s as simple as that.”

“I will give this club absolutely everything I can give them to make sure we stay in the Premiership. No player wants to have a relegation on their CV, let alone two.”

Newcastle have again under-achieved this season, and one reason is that we just haven’t had a big enough squad to last through the very bad injury spell we get every year, for whatever reason.

Our bad injury record is one reason our squad should be bigger than most in the Premier League, although as we all know, we tempted fate last September, by starting with a squad that was far too small, and we could be paying the ultimate price for that lack of foresight.

Smith added:

“When there is so much going on at a club, and there are so many injuries, it is incredibly frustrating not being able to do anything to help. It’s like when you’re playing, it’s easier when you’re winning, but really tough when results aren’t going well.”

“There are still six or seven players missing at the moment, if we can get people fit and Kevin Nolan back from suspension, we have a good squad. People outside don’t realize just how many injuries we’ve had this season.”

After the defeat on Wednesday is that the Newcastle fans have 10 days to wait for the next game, which is one of our most crucial of the season at Hull City, and if we cannot win there, we’ll be in deep trouble indeed.

No more excuses – we need to start winning games – or else get relegated.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Jan Stavik

    Mar 7, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #1

    For 60k a week over two seasons and no goals he better give everything he’s got!

    I hope they get rid of Smith in the summer, he’s just not good enough and he’s prone as well.

    Out: Owen, Viduka, Shameobi, Butt and Harper.

  • Jan Stavik

    Mar 7, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #2

    And Geremi of course, I’m sick and tired of overpaid has-beens at this club.

    We’re paying 50-60k for mediocre players like Viduka and Butt, it’s shocking. And 100k a week for Owen is just a shame…

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 7, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #3



    what about duff and cacapa

  • komfort

    Mar 7, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    harper ?

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 7, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #5

    my thoughts exactly komfort

  • valle

    Mar 7, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #6

    Yah, wtf?… If you think Harper is an overpaid “has been” im sorry but then you clearly havnt got a clue. He has been loyal beyond all reason and he still performs when called upon.

  • Johno Toon

    Mar 7, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #7

    I like smith to be honest, he always give his all in every game he plays which is alot more that can be said about some players at the club. I do agree he might not be the best footballer in the world but i feel he can be more than usefull squad member

  • bennytoon

    Mar 7, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #8

    I love smith. Hughton should start him in midfield in all your remaining games.

  • batty

    Mar 7, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #9

    1 Jan Stavik dont worry all them players u mentioned will be going when we go down and you can add oba jonas colo bassong duff they will all be gone

  • Johno Toon

    Mar 7, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #10

    I would stick him up fron to be honest benny toon , much better than shola , whats spurs run in like?

  • Alex

    Mar 7, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Maybe there will not be a decimation of the squad if we are relegated . Most of them wont get the wages they are on at Newcastle anywhere else . Ashley will also want us to gain promotion straight back into the premiership , so will not sell the likes of R Taylor , Nolan , S Taylor , Harper & Butt who have only just joined the club or have recently signed a new contract . if we do go down (which we wont ) our squad will still be kept intact with the exception of Viduka , Owen , Colo , Jonas & Martins. viduka and Owen are out of contract and i say good riddance to both . Colo , jonas & Martins will not want to play in the fizzy pop league and will ask for a transfer . Bassong whatever happens must be kept at all costs and as this is his first season under contract he cannot walk away unless we are willing to sell . So next season we will have a team strong enough to bounce straight back up if we are to go down (Which we wont).

  • Sav

    Mar 7, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #12

    I’d rather hear Ashley saying ‘I will give this club absolutely everything I can give them to make sure we stay in the Premiership.’ than Smudger.

    Smith is not to blame for being injured, but could have done a helluva lot better when he wasn’t. Enough guff. More action.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 7, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #13

    Shut up Smith you are a big pile of dog turd.

  • chuck

    Mar 8, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Play him as a DM, he cant score and thats what up front players are paid for.
    Use his naturally aggressive playing style plus he has a good engine, to play a defensive role.
    It`s a position where we lack bodies, with Butt our only real DM.
    Give it a try, whats to lose.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 8, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #15

  • wookie35

    Mar 8, 2009 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #16

    you cant fault alan smith for commitment. he has been relegated and knows how to fight.
    perhaps relegation wont be a bad thing ashley can get rid of the dead wood at the club. do you think he would sell at a loss if the club gets relegated, he would do his best to get the club back in the premiership and then take it from there. we would have most of the younger players trying to make a name for them selfs.HAVE FAITH IN THE TEAM we can escape relegation

  • sohica17

    Mar 9, 2009 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #17

    with or without him,
    newcastle is still going down,
    I state it again :

    Smith is just the scapegoat for this seasons disgrace.
    Newcastle is just a “pseudo-big club”,
    all u are just expecting too much and obscured by the illusion.
    and most of u hold prejudice toward Smith.
    what a shame

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 9, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #18


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