Smith At 50-50 For Middlesbrough – Barton Could Be Fired


Some players are just terribly injury prone, and it looks like Alan Smith is one of those.

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Alan Smith – doubtful with dead leg

The surpise we heard yesterday was that Alan Smith is a doubt for next Monday’s game, because of a dead leg.

While Alan is not the best player at the club by a long way, he has provided the drive that is needed over the last couple of games, and if he does miss the game he will be a loss to the side.

News this morning suggests the player right now is only rated as 50-50 for Monday’s game because of his dead leg.

And Newcastle manager Alan Shearer told Newcastle United TV this morning that the midfielder was a doubt for the game, and that Spanish defender Jose Enrique is almost certain to miss out with the hamstring problem which has plagued him for a few games now, and has even forced Shearer to plasy just 3 at the back in some of the games.

Shearer also wants to move on from talking about Joey Barton, but he was quick this morning to say that the mood in the camp is good, and that the altercation with bad boy Barton has not affected his players.

Shearer told the Evening Chronicle:

“It hasn’t affected us. The mood has been good and that’s encouraging.” “Joey has been suspended until further notice.”

“We will make another statement or comment when the time is right.”

“Other than that, there is far more important things to talk about.”

It appears that Alan’s statement is addressed at Newcastle looking at ways to terminate Joey’s contract at the club, but we’d be silly not to take whatever we can get for the player.

Sam Allardyce and others would be willing to take Joey for £3M, and we should take it, but of course Barton wouldn’t get anywhere near the £65K/week he’s on at Newcastle, and may try to fight any termination of his contract, but he would probably lose.

Comments welcome.


25 comments so far

  • dougnufc

    May 7, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #1

    Don’t fire Barton, Fat Sam wants to buy him!

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  • RyanToon

    May 7, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #2

    get rid off the animal

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  • batty

    May 7, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #3

    sell him to the dirty mackems

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  • jokerkinnear

    May 7, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #4

    ryantoon r u a mackem

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  • Prince Bassong

    May 7, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #5

    We can fire him and keep his registration. We’d still get a similar amount for that as we would for selling Barton normally but we wouldn’t have to pay him any more in the meantime.

    Barton should be replaced by Alexander Tettey. Similar player but more focussed on the pitch and nicer off it, although to be honest that’s not too difficult.

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  • harry861

    May 7, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #6

    Best news yet every time we play him we’re playing with 10 players. Yes Effort he has what does it achieve?
    Ed wrote this
    While Alan is not the best player at the club by a long way, he has provided the drive that is needed over the last couple of games, and if he does miss the game he will be a loss to the side.

    Ed Sorry I totally disagree. summing up in general by you is nearly always bang on

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  • stevep

    May 7, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #7

    Bartons days are numbered, however he will fight it all the way in order to try and get his contract paid up.
    Smith certainly aint our best player and can be a liability, tbh I’d stick Lua Lua in midfield.

    @joker – crawl back under your rock

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  • Nick D

    May 7, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #8

    I think Barton just thinks he can get away with anything. We should have sacked him when we had the chance. Won’t be so easy to get rid of him now. Whatever barton says is a pack of lies. He reckons he’s mortified and wants a second chance to pay his debt to NUFC. No other mugs would pay him 60K a week for 9 games a season, when he’s always injured, suspended or inside. he ha dhis chance to repay the debt at least a little and blew it hopefully for the last time.

    And what’s new Smith is injured again. Jeez Allardyce landed us with some sh..e ! It was like he was on a one man mission (Geremi, Barton, Smith, Viduka, Cacapa et al)

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  • jokerkinnear

    May 7, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #9

    stevep wots up just because ive found out ur beamish bennytoon

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  • batty

    May 7, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #10

    stevep have you took the p:ss oot of the chelski fans today lol

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  • Macas35

    May 7, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #11

    Nick D – Blame Ashley for some of the rubbish Allardyce had to buy, as he wouldn’t release funds when decent defenders were available on free contracts. By the time he did all the better players had gone. The man has constantly showed how clueless he is in the running of a football club. To be fair you have to say Enrique, Beye and Faye were good buys, and for free Viduka seemed a good deal at the time. But Barton was a catastrophic piece of poor judgement considering we had limited funds, and Smith is no more than a workhorse which isn’t what we needed.

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  • stevep

    May 7, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #12

    @batty – so far so good, they’re reacting in a similiar way to Drogba, funny as f–k

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  • batty

    May 7, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #13

    i dont know any chelski fans but i wud be doing the same ha

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  • stevep

    May 7, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #14

    btw: can anyone remember the link for doocys blog – will prob start using that once Ed closes this one

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  • stevep

    May 7, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #15

    And is anyone else on twitter?
    you can find me at http://twitter.com/stevepatrick

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  • lesh

    May 7, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #16

    Re 2Blame Ashley for some of the rubbish Allardyce had to buy, as he wouldn’t release funds when decent defenders were available on free contracts. By the time he did all the better players had gone….. ”

    It’s estimated that relegation’ll cost the club some £70 – £100m and I bet MA’s sorely regretting not investing in players when the chances were there.

    He can’t say he wasn’t aware of the potential hit!

    It’s a bloody shame.

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  • punk skunk...

    May 7, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #17

    Wow, Smith 50-50 to play!..

    …Oh!..

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  • RyanToon

    May 7, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #18

    jokerkinnear you a c***

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  • punk skunk...

    May 7, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #19

    So, was Ballack etc’s barrackin’, pushin’ & shovin’ of the ref last night any worse than Barton’s slidin’ ‘tackle’ on sunday!?!..

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  • lesh

    May 7, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #20

    Ryan, Joker…. put the handbags down!

    re Smiffy, if he’s playing at half fitness, he’ll put in as much effort into his gane as some of our so called super-stars.

    Had an email to confirm that the suspicious package they found at the Emirates on Tuesday was found to be safe….. it was a trophy!

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  • Nick D

    May 7, 2009 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #21

    macas

    for what alardyce wasted on smith and barton we could have had arshevin and elano. Both were available playmakers. How we’d kill for just one who could put his foot on the ball and play a killer pass. But no Fat sam wanted kickers not creators, so now were lumbered.

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  • workyticket

    May 7, 2009 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #22

    14 stevep // May 7, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    “btw: can anyone remember the link for doocys blog – will prob start using that once Ed closes this one”

    http://www.tynetime.com/

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  • korn8

    May 7, 2009 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #23

    Prince Bassong: Nice observation about Tettey! I think he could have been a great signing for Newcastle. Have you watched him for Rosenborg? This season he have started to score goals to! He seems like a very professional player, and truly have a lot of potential and abilities.

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  • harry861

    May 8, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #24

    Re lesh
    Effort when even he’s fully fit Smith were is his skill, what contribution does he make to the team & his goals where are they.

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 9, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #25

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