Newcastle Players Cared So Much About Bouncing Back

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.

Alan continued:

“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!!

9 comments so far

  • alan shearer

    Jun 9, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #1

    jaynufc89..u cheated everyone..whats the point?i guess ure mackem!

  • boater

    Jun 9, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #2

    Wonder if CH and co. will be using the World cup to scout players – albeit on a budget?

    It’s a perilous business as a good world cup will see prices skyrocket. Signing players before is also a gamble – as with guivarch – who somehow managed to have an iffy tournament DESPITE his country winning it!? His failure was sealed by the time he arrived at newcastle airport.

    I think countries such as denmark, south korea, serbia could offer up some good young players for our team. I also reckon on USA and uruguay having good runs this summer.

    England t0 get to the semis, which is not too shoddy either.

  • Shot Bru

    Jun 9, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #3

    I guess i am a bit biased but South Africa might surprise a few and get to the 2nd round and maybe further. We have been looking to bring a goalscoring striker in on a budget and could do no worse than Ktlega Mphela of Mamelodi Sundowns…he has been bangin in the goals for Bafana in the friendlies leading up to Friday and wouldnt cost a fortune or command huge wages….WOZA BAFANA BAFANA

  • Jaynufc89

    Jun 9, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #4

    I was just on the phone with one of my sources, as he was taking CH’s daily lunch, he heard him say that we signed Petrov on free. I will keep you guys informed with latest news.

  • geordielad880

    Jun 9, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #5

    jaynufc89 ummmmmmmmmmm no!!

  • ashleys wallets cobwebs

    Jun 9, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #6

    why dont we sign martin petrov ? or at least throw our hat in the ring ? would be brilliant signing for free , surely worth a punt

  • ashleys wallets cobwebs

    Jun 9, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #7

    its getting boring now

  • Thump

    Jun 10, 2010 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #8

    lol jay

  • gorskino10

    Jun 11, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #9

    No offense but how was he a “Key” player? he had the attitude in the first 5 games looking to stamp his place in the team after than drifted out and didnt really play a good game after than for the whole season, another poor season by Smiths standards and one i think we have to sell because he just aint cutting it for us FOR a season.


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