Alan Smith spoke today at the launch of the Newcastle United Season Review 2009-10 DVD, which is now available from club retail outlets and will be on general release from June 14th.
Alan Smith – key player for Magpies last season
In early August there was a certain feeling of now knowing exactly what to expect in the Coca Cola Championship.
Certainly in that first game at West Brom, Newcastle supporters were looking to see whether Newcastle, under an untested manager, would be able to mount an instant return to the PL, or whether we would be in for a more extended stay in England’s lower league.
Reflecting on what turned out to be a fantastically successful season Alan Smith said today:
“I think people were looking on that day against West Brom to see what kind of attitude players had.”
“We’d heard all the reports that players didn’t care and didn’t want to play for Newcastle.” “And that couldn’t be further from the truth.”
Alan was one of the players who wanted to stay at Newcastle and was paramount in turning the total attitude of the players around at the club.
Especially in the first half of the season, Alan put in some sterling performances that were an example to the rest of his team mates, as he made the central defensive midfield position his own at the club.
“Everyone on the outside of Newcastle United probably saw something totally different than on the inside.”
“We knew we had the players that were capable of getting us out of this division.”
Alan has often talked about the belief the senior players at Newcastle had that indeed they could bounce straight back to the Premiership.
Alan, along with others such as Kevin Nolan, Steve Harper and Nicky Butt, worked so well with new manager Chris Hughton and his assistant Colin Calderwood, to give Newcastle the type of season we were only dreaming about last August.
Well done lads!!