Smith Willing To Take Pay Cut To Stay On Tyneside

Alan Smith is reported today in the News Of  The World to want to finish his career on Tyneside.

Alan Smith is close to manager Chris Hughton

And the former Leeds United and Manchester United player still has two years left on his existing contract, thought to be worth around £60K/week.

But news today that Alan will take a pay cut on a new contract if he can get a two year extension tagged onto his current deal.

Apparently talks are due to start on his new contract soon , and the story earlier in the week that Newcastle players would need to take wage cuts next season may loosely been linked with this story.

We don’t think it’s necessarily bad at all that new contracts will not be stupidly over-priced for the club as in the past.

Most players who were on those big wages never earned them in any case.

Much better the seeming honesty that exists with Newcastle’s current players, and it may be that much better things lie ahead for Newcastle – we hope so in any case.

But Smith certainly wants to stay at Newcastle, and presumably money may not be everything for this player, and he is willing to negotiate with the club so he can stay on Tyneside.

Another two years added to Smith’s contract will take him up to 34, at which time he will have to consider retirement, so that’s what the player, who has been full of fight and determination for the Newcastle cause this season, will seek.

Smith is nothing if not a completely honest character and player, and Newcastle fans have taken to him big time this season.

Alan has been paramount in helping Newcastle recover their pride and dignity as a football club, after it was severely stained last season by overpaid and spoiled players, now no longer at the club.

A source close to the player told NOTW:

“Alan is ready to help the cause at Newcastle and take a wage cut if they are prepared to offer him an extended deal.”

“He has genuine feelings for the club now and he wants to end his career there. He’s been very honest with people at the club.”

This is a good story if true, because it will hopefully lessen the demands of other highly paid players still at the club.

If those players want to stay like Alan, then they’ll probably need to take a pay cut too – and if they don’t want to – Newcastle can do just as well without them.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • Davy Craig

    Mar 14, 2010 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #1

    I think that this is very good for the club in many respects.

    Alan Smith is again leading by example and for me deserves an extended contract for the commitment he has shown this season as well as his major part in getting rid of the excess baggage we didn’t need after last season’s debacle. I would not be worried that Smith may not have the legs to last an extra two years for two reasons:

    1) The way he plays now having reinvented his style he doesn’t need to be as fast as he used to be. He almost always makes sure he’s in the right place at the right time as he reads the game so well.

    2) A continuation of his role off the pitch in my opinion is crucial to Newcastle keeping any form of stability in the near future. His attitude is second to none and he can only be good for the club by his presence alone.

    Here’s to a lengthy stay for Alan Smith.

  • noir9

    Mar 14, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #2

    Smithy gets more than his fair share of stick which seems to have more to do with previous seasons than anything else. He is one of the main reasons we are top of the league, there are limits to his game but he brings something to the team both on & off the field. Just look at the job phil neville does for everton & he is also a player with limited technical ability but is still hugely important to them.

  • Solaidback

    Mar 14, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #3

    Glad to see there are some player willing to die for the cause & if that mean then taking £20k less a week, then thumbs up to Smithy 🙂

    Lets see how many other like Barton, Nolan Colo, Jonas will follow his lead, my guess is maybe Nolan but the other won’t!!

  • geoff777

    Mar 14, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Hardly likely to be true.

    1. It’s in the NOTW
    2. It’s in the NOTW!!!!
    3. It’s a very unlikely thing for a player heading into contract negotiations to say.
    4. It’s in the News Of The bloody World

  • Sav

    Mar 15, 2010 at 3:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Not really so daft. If he’s on 60k for 2 years that will cost us 3million per year, 6 million over contract.
    If he drops to say, 40k per week over 4 years, that’s worth 8 million.
    If we were to sell Smudger, I don’t suppose we’d get muchl from any Prem club and no Championship club could afford him. No-one is going to offer him 60 k, or even 40k in the current conditions.
    The point is, will we be still wanting to play Smith in our team in 3 years time?
    Highly unlikely.
    So it may be true but doesn’t look a good deal for the club. We don’t want to end up in another Butt situation, giving extended contracts to players who run out of gas before the contract expires.


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