Alan Smith has come out today and said that both he and the players are delighted that Chris Hughton is now the permanent manager on Tyneside.
The Leaders – Alan Smith and coaches – we love this picture
Chris Hughton has rightly said that Smith was now the heartbeat of his side, and at last Alan has recaptured his old form, and he has started to be a real leader on Tyneside – both on and off the field, in his new defensive midfield position.
Alan was handed the captain’s armband in the absence of Nicky Butt at the start of the season, but now he is keeping Nicky out of the side, and continues as team captain when he plays.
So now he’s not expected to score – which is good. 😀
We’ve hammered Smith a few times since he’s been at Newcastle, but we never doubted he was a much better player than he showed us in the first two seasons.
Alan Smith was always a great team player, as noted by the incomparable Sir Alex Ferguson, when Alan left the Red Devils for Newcastle two years ago last summer, and he has been nothing less than an inspiring player for the team this season.
Alan is also delighted that Chris Hughton is now the new permanent manager on Tyneside:
“The news was definitely welcomed among the lads,” “What he’s achieved this season has been massive.”
“But what he’s done for the club in taking over the reins at difficult times in the past proves his commitment towards this football club.”
“It was difficult again at the start of this season but he’s done a brilliant job and the lads are right behind him.”
“He’s got this opportunity now and it’s thoroughly deserved because of everything that he’s done.”
It’s still true that most Newcastle fans would have preferred Alan Shearer, and that includes us, but in the best interests of the club, we have to commit to supporting Chris, the coaches and the players 100% this season.
And hopefully any new demonstrations against the hated figure of Mike Ashley will not impact in any way the chances of the team being promoted.
That’s certainly not what happened last season, when some groups wanted to protest before the home games and then said it wouldn’t affect the players – hey – give us a break – please.
If demonstrations will negatively impact the team’s chances of being promoted this season, they shouldn’t even take place, and we should follow the sage advice of Bobby Moncur and Steve Wraith, the Players Inc fanzine editor, and put the club first and just get on with it.
That’s even though the vast majority of us are sick and tired that Mike Ashley is still the the owner of the club.