Alan Smith Interesting Everton – Take Him

Everton have again expressed an interest in signing Alan Smith.


Alan Smith – hardly a success on Tyneside

It seems that Alan Shearer may want to keep the former Manchester United and Leeds player, but Smith has hardly been big hit on Tyneside in the last two seasons, and like a lot of other players, has been injured most of the time.

But the Newcastle United utility man also wants to stay at St James’s Park and help the club out of the Championship, hopefully at the first attempt.

Since Smith is one of the players already attracting interest from Premier League clubs, including Everton, if we can cash in on Alan and claw some of the £6M transfer fee we paid to Manchester United for him two years ago, he will probably be on his way.

Alan appeared just six times last season, and since we are paying this player around £65K/week, that’s a poor return to say the least, but not unlike many of our other stars last season.

The 28-year-old is well aware his move from Manchester United has not worked out (he’s right there), and doesn’t want to leave the club while things are at such a low ebb.

He’s about the only player who’s said that, apart from the local lads,  so we have to give credit to Smith for that, but he was always a good lad, it’s his football we have been disappointed with.

A source close to Alan Smith said today:

“If Newcastle want to sell him, then it is out of Alan’s hands. But he would like to stay at Newcastle and help the club get out of the Championship.”

“He played only a handful of games last season and he wants to put that right. Newcastle might be a Championship club but they are a big club and there aren’t many outside the top four with the kind of support and potential they have.”

With the £150M bid for the club we are hearing about this morning, we have to hope that Mike is true to his word, and accepts the first bid that meets his asking price.

But it’s hard to trust a man who continually seems to do the wrong thing – at the wrong time.  But if indeed he does accept the bid in the next day or two – watch Newcastle swing into life (and action), and move quickly to bring in Alan Shearer in to nurse the club back to health again.

The club has been in poor health for the last two years, having been suffering from the Mike Ashley syndrome, and it’s been a very painful type of malady that leads to considerable depression and depression, and is thought to attack Geordies first and foremost. 😀

Let’s hope it’s all coming to an end – and quickly!

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Isaac Hunt

    Jun 12, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #1

    I would have agreed with Ed six months ago, but now I say “keep Smith”

  • Ericles

    Jun 12, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #2

    I admire Smith’s sentiment in wanting to stay. If he does then it has got to be on the basis of a new contract with appearance payments on top of a lower basic. Apart from that I think he may do us well in the Coca Cola.

  • RyanToon

    Jun 12, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #3

    get rid! the only reason he wants to stay because his on a big wage and he knows he wont get it elsewhere!

    as if everton want him! lmfao

  • Rodzilla

    Jun 12, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #4

    Isaac, I agree he could be very handy in the Championship and he appears to have the right motivation. I also think he’s probably one of the players that would be prepared to stay to help us out – he’d have to be prepared to take a pay-cut for me though.

    What about all this b0llocks!

    …..”It is said the group will contact Seymour Pierce within the next 10 days, once they have prepared their business plan.”

    FK THAT! 10 days! They’ve had 3 effing weeks already! Guardian are now reporting it as a hoax anyway. Sounds about right to me. Probably created by the fkn tabloids. I’m getting so hacked off with all this 5hite now.

    I’m off in to town for mi dinner in a bit and if anyone doesn’t say thanks when I hold a door open for them, they’re getting planted.

  • SirTitusBramble

    Jun 12, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #5

    i want him to leave but i think moyes is a smart manager and this is just media talk.

    moyes must be laughing at these headlines.

    no way would anyone take smith or barton. we are stuck with them unless we pay someone to take them

  • lesh

    Jun 12, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #6

    Ed… this ain’t a £150m [possible] bid – it appears to be £90m to buy the club from MA and £60m going towards restructuring and transfers, post sale and within the new owners’ budget.

  • Whumpie

    Jun 12, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #7

    We have to assume this £150m bid is a hoax until we have some evidence.

    As for Smith, I agree Ed – nice lad, but I think we have to get rid for financial reasons.

    I cannot get my head around nobody having the realism and pragmatism to put relegation clauses in these players’ contracts. Unbelievable incompetence.

  • Whumpie

    Jun 12, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #8

    Another thought: if we had put rellie clauses in, and these players had stood to lose millions, would we have been relegated?

    One goal would have done it…

  • Macas35

    Jun 12, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #9

    In a good team Smith wouldn’t stand out so muich and could just get on with his job, but we had too many players who can’t influence a game and adding Smith to that mix didn’t help anyone.

  • Rodzilla

    Jun 12, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #10

    That’s a very good point Whumpie@8 – I think a lot of our ‘players’ would’ve put a bit extra in if they realised it’d have a direct result on their fat pockets. The w@nkers.

    (apologies for my bad language on this post – I’m having a real ‘short-fuse’ day, sparked by the story I previously linked to in my last comment)


  • waddler

    Jun 12, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #11


    My understanding of the situation is this.
    Keith Harris has signed a contact to deal with groups or individuals prepared to pay £100 million for the club, and l would be stunned if it is not a contractual obligation for both parties namely Ashley and Harris.
    Therefore Ashley is not in control of events as long as £100 million is on the table.
    l would have thought given his role as an intermediary, he is contractually commited to doing a deal which would be the best for the club.
    Harris will be looking at the package brought to the table by the groups and decide there merits against the chances the bids have of putting the club were it belongs.
    Harris has stated he sees us as a top premiership outfit and will be looking to put a group who can in his view do precisely this.


    Jun 12, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #12

    waddler… harris has said nothing in regard to “gettin gthe right buyer for the club” and the only thing he’s conctractually obliged to do for fat ash is get him his £100mil, nothing more, nothing less

    after all thats gone on, what makes you htink ashley wants to look after the toon now?

    “l would have thought given his role as an intermediary, he is contractually commited to doing a deal which would be the best for the club.”

    why exactly? he gets paid when the club is sold… what makes you think he’ll stop the sale of the club going through to someone who’s gonna stump up 100mil?

    when an estate agent sells a property, all he’s concerned about is, have they got the cash… ntohing more, nothing less

    this is no different

  • Isaac Hunt

    Jun 12, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #13

  • Stardust

    Jun 12, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #14

    Waddler – agreed- Harris and Co would have spent a great deal last year trying to sell us, and unrealistic pricing in these markets may have stopped him coming back in and putting the time and effort for no reward.

    Obas comments today re light at the end of the tunnel means at least the palyers are being informed.

  • lesh

    Jun 12, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #15


    re “I would have thought given his role as an intermediary, he is contractually commited to doing a deal which would be the best for the club.”

    Surely it depends on who he’s cotracted with. If it’s Ashley direct or the football club’s holding company, then he’ll be expected to broker a deal that’s best for his client.

    I’m convinced that Ashley doesn’t give a monkey’s chuff for the football club!

  • lesh

    Jun 12, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #16

    Stardust @ 14, informed by whom? They’ll be picking up the same rumours and snippets that we’re picking up.

    Unless of course, Ashley and Llambias have woke up to the importance of communication with his employees?

    ‘Sfunny, could’ve sworn I’d seen a pig fly by the window.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 13, 2009 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #17

    Hope Smith leaves.

    He is on 62k p/w.

    He is rubbish.

    He isn’t good enough for the championship.


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