We remember after the Aston Villa game last year, when Alan Shearer was walking around the field in a complete daze last May, it was Alan Smith who was with him and knew exactly the pain and anguish Alan was going through.
Alan Smith – a leader on Tyneside
That was very noticeable to us and it was clear Alan knew the significance of Newcastle being relegated.
Smith wanted to stay at Newcastle and this lad has been one of the real leaders of the club this past season, and is one who deserves a medal.
Alan Smith, along with several other of our more senior players took the responsibility this season and have helped Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood to completely turn the club around in a short 10 months.
Alan has talked about how it will be important next year in the Premiership to maintain the side’s excellent home form – when they went through a season unbeaten at home for the first time since the 1906-1907 season.
Alan told the official site:
“We’ve gone the whole season unbeaten at home and were the only team in the country to do so,””That just shows how much of a difference playing at St.James’ can make, not just for us but for the opposition as well.”
“If you look back over the years, St.James’ Park was always one of the most difficult places to come.”
“We need to get that fear back again and I think we’ve given ourselves a great chance of doing that after this season’s record.”
“Our main aim next season has to be survival, we know that.” “And if we’re to do that then we’re going to have to get the majority of our points at home.”
“If you can win half your home games then you’re more than half way to staying up.” “We’ve got that momentum at St.James’ now but we have to make sure we keep that going.”
When you listen to the Newcastle players these days they are very down to earth and realistic, and that’s a reflection of manager Chris Hughton, who will have them more than ready before our first game back in England’s top flight in August.
Before that, we have to hope that Newcastle can bring in say 4 top-class players – either on loan – or sign some of the very good free agents that will be available in the summer.
That should make our squad good enough to survive next season, without being ina relegation scrap.
Howay The Lads!!