Alan Smith Admits To Feeling Guilty About Relegation

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.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • Spitfire

    Jun 5, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #1

    Its no good him being a good lad. Its good players we need. He is one of the reasons we are in the mess we are in. Feeling guilty ain’t gonna get us out if this, we need to ship all of the substandard and non-performers out of the club and start again.

  • The Alchemist

    Jun 5, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #2

    No one else is going to pay him 60k a week…thats why he wants to stay

  • Rem

    Jun 5, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #3

    My mate had a great idea the other day.

    We wanna keep oba, so why cant we loan him out for a season, and if we get back up he comes back, if not he can leave

  • newcastle29

    Jun 5, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #4


    because it would be hard to find someone willing to pay all of his wage and end up with nothing to show for it at the end! i.e. can’t buy him!

  • Nick D

    Jun 5, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #5

    How guilty does he feel. Enough to take a pay cut???? They must think we are really stupid. First Butt and Duff, now Barton and Smith. They all know no other club will touch the stupid wages Shepherd introduced and are now crippling us.

    As spitfure says it’s good players we need, not uncreative, non scoring, yellow and red card has beens.

  • Rangerman

    Jun 5, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #6

    We wanna keep oba, so why cant we loan him out for a season, and if we get back up he comes back, if not he can leave


    I’m not sure the club does want to keep him tbh.

  • Nick 69

    Jun 5, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #7

    We wanna keep oba, so why cant we loan him out for a season, and if we get back up he comes back, if not he can leave


    i personally dont want to keep him, anything over 7mill id snap their hands off, he is so frustrating, runs around like a headless chicken and has been taking shooting lessons from shola

  • sahota

    Jun 5, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #8

    We need not to be emotional and listen to these comments from these players. I think SHEARER won’t also listen to these guys who got us relegated. Decision needs to be made with cool head and then SHOOT those who are not required. Bunch of monkies.

  • Johno Toon

    Jun 5, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #9

    Im not likin all these players coming out saying they want to stay and put things right etc etc if they done there jobs in the 1st place or were good enough we wouldnt be in this mess

    Get rid of the deadwood like Smith

  • RyanToon

    Jun 5, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #10

    smith wanys to stay becos hes on 60 K a fcking week. do they think were stupid?!?


    Jun 5, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #11

    Crikey what if no one comes in for me, i better play the im so sorry i want to make up for it and get you back up to the premiership card.

  • sahota

    Jun 5, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #12

    Thats what I said. I think SHEARER needs to pick a stick and give these guys that big and long stick and leave them outside boundaries of Newcastle. Even if some of these we want to keep, give them paycuts. I think it should be part of even Football clubs, and should be written in contracts. When this is true for everyone else, when we can get paycuts at our jobs when organization not doing well then why the hell not FOOTBALLERS. Look at Owen he simply just enjoyed his stay here by earning so much money and buying horses. But I think Premier League should make a ruling about contracts where in in case a club gets relegated, all players will need to work at half the salary they were earning in Premier league.

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Jun 5, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #13

    I like Smithy, he is a midfield battler and I think he is better than Nicky Butt, sure his fitness has let him down and he aint scored but he gives 110% on the pitch.

    If he feels so guilty he should reduce his wages and prove that he is here for the good of the club, I feel he would be a good player in the championship for us.

    Basically if we were to sell him we would take too much of a loss on him and to be honest after the last couple of seasons, we need the squad numbers!

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 5, 2009 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Get Rid.

  • Whumpie

    Jun 5, 2009 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #15

    Sahota – a lot of clubs DO have that rule in their contracts, and the Smoggies are in better shape because of it. Unfortunately, Shepherd and Ashley were both too arrogant to consider the possibility, so we’re lumbered with the high-earners and they all know it.

    I’m sure Smith’s a nice chap, but as Ed said, unless he’ll take a 75% pay cut, he has to go. Won’t miss him; hardly ever saw him!

  • ObaFan2

    Jun 5, 2009 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #16

    he is a midfield battler, bought as a striker? gives away too many free kicks, gets too many cards, too many wayward passes and on £60K a week……… joke signing IMO.

    Yeah these players may be good in the championship but they were bought as EPL players on PL wages!

    No good if they want the same wages.

  • bordeauxtoon

    Jun 5, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #17

    I read somewhere that Everton have a 50k wage cap, they have a great manager, and don’t buy players who don’t really want to play for them in the first place(think Owen). If we had a similar policy we wouldn’t be in this mess, but the top level of the club has been badly run for years now.
    I think the only thing we’ve got right in recruitment terms has been bringing in some decent youngsters ( Ranger, Haris…) Except for Beye, and Bassong the senior players have all been bad buys, and now we’re paying for it bigtime.

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Jun 5, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #18


    Spot on, we have too many players here who are just here for the pay-day, they couldnt give a damn where the team finishes or what table they finish in because they still get paid.

    I feel it should be performance and apperance based rather than flat rate wether your on the treatment table, pitch, bench or left at home.

    We need PLAYERS who want to PLAY for NUFC!

  • trini-toon

    Jun 5, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #19

    I read somewhere that Barcelona players are also paid on performance. Would be nice to put a cap in place and then give bonuses based on some ker performance indicators for each player.

    BTW, I’m so frustrated waiting… it’s been since Keegan left that we’ve been waiting for something really good to happen.

  • toonoholic

    Jun 5, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #20

    is it just me or did all the geordie fans just lose all the respect they had for steve bruce ?

    nobody asked him to take the toon job, why the sudden statement that it was not the dream job ?
    for every geordie, it must be a dream to play and manage the club, at whichever level, else they are not a geordie !

    down with bruce, one more extra reason to hate sunderland with passion now!

  • DJG

    Jun 5, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #21

    If Allardyce will buy. Get rid like a car that doesnt start.

  • Thump

    Jun 5, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #22

    @toonoholic: Newcastle United is a love hate job. You give us glory and we [the fans] hail you as a hero. You fail us once and we call for your head on a black and white plaque to stick to the Gallowgate end. His comments about the Toon job are probably to get the fans behind him seeing as it’s common knowledge that he’s a Toon supporter. Plus you have to remember that NUFC is basically the footballing equivalent to Coronation Street – not a week passes without some new drama making headlines and rocking St. James’ Park to the foundations. He’s looking to make a name for himself and a Championship club with contracts written by the writers of Brookside isn’t the best place to do it.

    Regardless, I’m not fond on his style of play and don’t think he could do much for us at Newcastle in the short term.

  • huz

    Jun 5, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #23

    Take a wage cut and prove you loyalty….notice how he did not mention taking a wage cut for NUFC. As for Micheal Owen, there should be an assualt on sight policy on Tyneside if any NUFC fan spots him.

  • mark021079

    Jun 5, 2009 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #24

    I think the fans themselves need to shoulder some blame rather than just the players and staff. St James used to be a really intimidating ground to come to for opposing teams, down to the loud, supportive fans.

    I have not been to a game for 2 years due to work, untl the end of the season there where I made a few, and I have to say the passion and singing has virtually dried up! There is really poor amosphere and the only fans I hear are the ones slagging off the team!

    We need to turn St James back into the fortress it once was and give the team the upper hand at home, rather than feeling like the fans are all against them at the home games!!!!

  • stevep

    Jun 5, 2009 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #25

    @mark21079 – mate if you had been to all seasons games you would be so depressed that singing would be the last thing on your mind – The players lift the crowd by giving them something to0 shout/sing about – unfortunately our bunch of no hopers don’t give a tOss as long as they can pick up thier wages.

    I always find away games much more enjoyable and we often out sing the opposition supporters despite our football being hopeless

  • JJJ

    Jun 5, 2009 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #26

    Barton, Butt and Smith:

    “We want to stay and help the club!”

    Its slow talentless players like them that got us relegated in the first place, our midfield was terrible and now they want to stay, not because they want to help us, but because nobody wants them even if they halved their wages nobody would… (Barton is perhaps an exception talent wise – but still nobody wants him)…


    1 OWEN
    2 SMITH
    3 AMEOBI
    4 BARTON
    5 BUTT

  • JJJ

    Jun 5, 2009 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #27

    Hard to believe it was about 8 years ago we were a in the BIG four. Now we are relegated – way to similar to Leeds. (Viduka Smith) ringing any bells…
    I just hope we can somehow get out of this.
    The one thing we have over Leeds is a bigger better fan base.

  • Tino 11

    Jun 5, 2009 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #28

    JJJ- I agree with all of that, trouble is, better fans would keep the team from playing rubbish, this season proved that. Leeds have gone down and down, still had support though so at the end of the day it’s the over-paid useless gits on the pitch that need to do the business.

  • Partizan

    Jun 5, 2009 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #29

    Velice Sumulikoski for the Toon

  • Toon_Factor

    Jun 5, 2009 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #30

    Dont worry about it Smith you wouldnt of helped anyway

  • Dennis Twice

    Jun 5, 2009 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #31


    Beye Taylor Bassong SEX

    SEX Barton Smith Duff

    Ranger SEX/Carroll

  • Sav

    Jun 6, 2009 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #32

    What’s that old saying – Fool me once, shame on you. fool me twice, shame on me?

    Name one match when you looked at Smith’s performance and said to yourself, wow, that’s 60k a week player.

    Tell you what Smudger, offer to stay on for say, 15k per week (no more than your showings so far would deserve, truthfully) and see if anyone is impressed then.

    Who do these jokers think they are?

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 6, 2009 at 3:00 AM

    Comment #33

    Cheerio Smith, you’re pants.


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