Last September after Kevin Keegan left the club – nobody on the Newcastle Board seemed to bother communicating with the Newcastle players on what exactly was happening.
Alan Smith – wants to stay and repay Newcastle club
And it seems the same thing could be happening right now – and the palyers literally don’t know if they are coming or going.
That lack of communication with the players and the general way in which they treat the players in the four months before Christmas, was the prime reason the great Shay Given couldn’t take it any more and left the club – it was because he just didn’t like the way Ashley was running the club.
Today, Alan Smith is stating he is prepared to stay at Newcastle and help get the club back in the Premier League next season. Alan is one of the first players to admit being guilty about letting this proud club go down and be relegated.
The £6M player has already been linked with Sam Allardyce at Blackburn, and also with Everton and Fulham, but Smith feels he owes it to the Magpies to repay them after two injury-ridden years at St James’s Park.
The former Leeds and Manchester Unite player still has three years of his contract left to run on Tyneside, and feels some sense of duty to repay the faith shown in him by the Newcastle club.
Good for him.
A Newcastle insider has told the Evening Chronicle:
“Alan hasn’t heard anything from Blackburn or any other club, but he’d like the chance to stay at Newcastle and try to help them get back up in any case.”
“He feels a strong sense of responsibility for what happened last season, having been injured and then unable to prevent relegation.”
“He knows the situation at Newcastle is uncertain, and if the club decide to look to sell him, so be it.”
“But he won’t be pushing for a move, and whoever comes in as Newcastle manager, he would be itching to play for them.”
Those are good actions by Smith, but we seriously doubt if Newcastle will (can) keep him on board , unless he is willing to take a cut in the £60K/week wages he is getting at Newcastle.
If he is willing to do that, and Alan Smith is the type of lad who would al least consider that, there’s a slight chance he could stay, but we don’t think he’ll be on board come August.
But you never know, and although he has come in for a lot of criticism, let’s give the lad some credit – his heart is in the right place – dedicated to Newcastle – unlike many of our players last season.