Newcastle captain Alan Smith has pledged to give the Newcastle fans value for money this season, and says it’s completely up to the players to draw the fans into St. James’ Park with their play.
Alan Smith – sympathizes with fans
Boy – what a concept that is, but Alan hits the nail right on the head.
He told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We, as a team, have got to draw fans in.” “They pay their hard-earned money to come and watch us.”
“And if we’re going to get a full stadium at Newcastle, we need to be pushing for honors. It’s as simple as that.”
And while Newcastle fans have absolutely no idea what’s going on at the club, and never will have, as long as Mike Ashley is owner, Smith has shown the courage we need from some of our players, and today sympathizes with Newcastle’s very long suffering fans, as Ashley continues to dither.
“The thing for them is that they’re in the same boat as us – they don’t know one day to the next who’s going to be here, and who’s going to be gone.”
“All we can do as players is control what we can do when we cross the line.” “If we can make them proud, then that’s all we can do.
“We can take control of that – everything else is out of our control.”
“We’ve got a good, honest set of lads in there, and we can let our football do the talking, and give 110 per cent every time we go out.”
Alan seems to fully understand the frustrations of the Newcastle fans, but it seems that things are no better for the players, and we remember for 4 months last year they were not privy to what was going on.
How’s that for snubbing both your employees and your customers together – and make no mistake about it, that’s just exactly what Mike Ashley has done over the last 12 months, and it’s been a complete disgrace to the Newcastle club and for the City of Newcastle Upon Tyne.
“We’re in good spirits, Reading’s a good test for us and we are determined to get the win.”
“We did OK at West Brom and it was a really enjoyable game to play in.” “Now we have to build on it.”
We’re starting to take to Alan’s leadership at the club, and of course his spirit and fight is just what we need to see from our players this season.
We have to hope he has another barn-storming game in the center of midfield tomorrow.
If he doesn’t, we know it will not be for the want of trying.