Will Newcastle Let Alan Smith Go To Blackburn?

News today that former Newcastle United captain, midfielder Alan Smith, could become a transfer target for Blackburn Rovers in January.

Alan Smith – Sam Allardyce interested

The former Leeds and Manchester United player, who is now 30, has lost his defensive midfield position to Ivorian Cheick Tiote, who has been brilliant for Newcastle all season.

Smith still has 18 months to run on his current deal, and he is still part of Chris Hughton’s plans at Newcastle, but it would be unlikely that Newcastle will offer Alan a new contract at Newcastle,  when his current deal runs out.

Sam Allardyce signed Smith from Old Trafford for £6M, when he was Newcastle manager, and would be able to offer Alan first team football.

But we don’t think Chris Hughton will allow Smith to go, especially not in January, as Alan will be needed to keep the Newcastle squad strong, and what would happen if Cheick gets injured?

But in the summer Newcastle may well look to unload Smith, so that they can get some money for him, but first they will need to sign  a replacement, so the Newcastle squad is not weakened.

Cheick is getting close to 5 yellow cards too, and may get a one game suspension fairly soon, and Alan will get his chance at that time.

But if and when Alan leaves, he will be fondly remembered on Tyneside, because after a difficult start, when he had a lot of injuries, he became one of the players who showed guts and loyalty, to get Newcastle promoted last May.

And Newcastle fans will never forget what Alan did for the Newcastle club, at one of its lowest points in its history.

He’s a good lad is Alan.

Comments welcome.

47 comments so far

  • Shot Bru

    Nov 9, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Get rid of him…could get a couple of million for him maybe. We have plenty cover in midfield so even if Tiote does get banned or injured i’m sure we could cope without Smith.

  • atoonlad

    Nov 9, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #2

    On 60k a week and we get a fee for a over the hill player – I say sell him as we have Gosling coming back by then and Guthrie can play in CM also which he prefers also Barton can play there also if he isnt on the wing

  • HamarMagpie

    Nov 9, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #3

    They must have had a hell of a laugh at Blackburn the day they were looking for funds to sack the useless Graeme Souness. Then came Mr. Shepperd along and actually paid £2 mill (if I remember correctly) to bring this evil wizard to St. James’. One of my worst days ever as a Newcastle fan.

    This is our chance to have some sort of revenge. Smith is on ridicolous wages, offered by the current days biggest (litteraly speaking too) joke in british football: Fat Sam. Smudge’s legs have gone years ago, and he’s not Premiership quality. The tempo of the game these days are just too quick for him to handle. He never gets to pressure his opponents, and constantly lunges in with dangerous tackles. Good riddance. Let them have him for free if necsesary.

  • gazza going fishing

    Nov 9, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #4

    a dont rate smith as a player but we have to respect what he has done for us, as he played a big part of getting us up to the epl with his team spirit and grit

  • peterktoon

    Nov 9, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Smith will not be sold in January but properly in the summer when Chris H feel it’s more safe because Smith is our only cover for the defending midfielder

  • Alchemist

    Nov 9, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #6

    He’s is good in the dressing room and a top professional. However he is on 60K a week, we could let him go and give Chris a pay rise to 20k a week. Ashley has saved 40k, and everyone is happy.

    Can always play Barton or Colo in DM. Don’t forget how well Guthrie can play when fit!

  • Brutooon

    Nov 9, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #7

    We got guthrie and gosling ahead of him

    Never rate him apart from his leeds days

  • shamadz72

    Nov 9, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #8

    Guys.. that is not a nice thing to say to Alan Smith. It is not his mistake that he has been offered a high pay by previous manager. For me, although his performance can be considered as average, but his dedication and commitment towards the team is something I really appreciate.

    I rated him in term of his dedication much-much higher than the good for nothing money grabber like Owen who has left NU when it was relegated and prefer to be a bench warmer rather than play in the lower league. That is a real rubbish for me and good riddance! 🙂

  • wynsleap

    Nov 9, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #9

    The release of 60K a week would go well towards paying Chris what he is worth and in getting him his No. 2.
    Smith doesn’t bring a lot to the table so we’re hardly likely to miss him even if Cheik IS out for any length of time.

  • Young_Mag

    Nov 9, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Off Topic: Is there anyone on this blog who doesn’t rates Guthrie?
    Dont get me wrong I think the potential is there but for me he isn’t Prem class atm
    He is quite slow and doesn’t have the influence on the game that maybe smith would have!
    For me 60K a week is far to much for a player of Smiths status in the squad!

  • Mr Books

    Nov 9, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #11

    Smith always put in a shift, but selling him in Jan is good sense.

    Actually giving him away on a free so that another team would pick up the wage bill would make sense. If he stays to the end of his contract we will pay him another 4.5 Million in wages. He’s only got another couple of seasons in him. If some club is willing o pick up that tab, I say let them. Its either out in Jan or he will finish his career warming the bench and mentoring the reserves. I dont see him getting back onto the pitch unless Tiote, Nolan and Barton are all injured.

    A better call and one he might take a pay cut for would be to see him go back to Leeds and do a job for them in the Championship.

  • Moreno

    Nov 9, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #12

    I dont rate Guthrie based on the fact he wastes every set piece he goes near. Why let him take them?

    Smith has shown passion and commitment, exactly what we look for in a player in the Black and White, whatever happens I wish him luck. His wages are astronomical though, but as this doesnt effect my day to day life, and the fact I reckon the cash wouldn’t be re-invested, I don’t really care! Good backup player, kind of guy who spurs the rest of the team on with his effort, always liked smudger, lets be honest though he is never going to be picked over Tiote

  • Solaidback

    Nov 9, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #13

    It’s not a case of should we sell him, it’s a case of will he want to go as he’s still got 18months left on his 60k a week contract & doens’t have to go if he doesn’t want too….

    So unless Fat Sham is willing to pay him a similar amount & promise him games, I doubt he’ll want to leave & as we don’t have any DMF players apart from him & Tiote, we’d be stupid to sell without first getting a replacement!!

  • Phil K

    Nov 9, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #14

    Showed guts and loyalty ???
    If I was on the kind of vastly overpaid-for-petty returns Alan Smith was on, I wouldn’t leave SUNDERLAND for God’s sake !

  • geordie_india

    Nov 9, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #15

    He was overpaid but he showed loyalty and helpd us to return to the premier league.Thank you Alan Smith.

  • Solaidback

    Nov 9, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Phil K – are you winding us up or is that crack about the Muckems genuine????

    He playes for us, the TOON, not the unwashed down the road for frak sake, muppet!!!

  • JSYproject

    Nov 9, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #17

    he is a player who never quite made it as a striker, lost his legs due to injury and now makes do with a position that dosnt require any great speed, simply because he would be useless anywhere else. so i know were not payin him for his football…so 60k a week for a ‘good lad to have in the dressing room’ is insane, put him on 6 quid an hour and let him clean the boots at half time and after the game thats plenty of interaction with the team and he dosnt have to disgrace himself on the pitch either.

  • JSYproject

    Nov 9, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #18

    solaidback i think you misunderstood what phil was meaning

  • geordie_india

    Nov 9, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #19

    Lovenkrands to leave toon ? http://bit.ly/c1qOHK

  • Glenn

    Nov 9, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #20

    Smith didn’t show loyalty, it’s just that no other club on the planet would be stupid enough to pay £60k a week to a non-scoring, championship midfielder who constantly gets booked and gives away countless stupid free kicks. Get rid of him ASAP.

  • JSYproject

    Nov 9, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #21

    spot on glen

  • Party Tyne

    Nov 9, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #22

    Hi first time poster here.

    I share views of most to say that Smithy isnt the best midfielder we have by any stretch but I think he’s decent back up, and the attitude he shows is second to none. I see no need to sell smith at the minute especially when bans/injuries come in (which are inevitable) unless a relatively high bid is made – which i dont see happening. As for his wages, yea, they’re a bit high but i really dont see it as a major issue.

  • BeeGuy

    Nov 9, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #23

    Let’s think this one through lads. First, Alan Smith continues to make the bench for the PL games. That means he is the best option as second line DM. He must be good enough that CH does not feel he has to change formation if Cheick Tiote leaves the game. So, I conclude that neither wages or spirit come into the decision about Smitty, but his ability to learn the role of DM according to the standards set by CH. We would be wildly foolish to expect Alan to bring to a game what Tiote is gifted with, but it must be close enough in the eyes of the manager. Smitty will barge about compared to Tiote, but in some ways that compensates for the finesse he lacks. And, finally, you get nothing less than 100% from Smith when he is on the pitch.

  • Solaidback

    Nov 9, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #24

    JSY – how did I miss understand what he was saying, it’s there in B&W, he said & I quote “I wouldn’t leave SUNDERLAND for God’s sake!”

    Explain how I misunderstood that???

  • 44881

    Nov 9, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #25

    share views wif Young_Mag
    a bit confused y everyone rates Danny in such a high rate currently coz hes juz too slow wif little efforts put on defense…i dun think hes the replacer for Smith in DM position…
    we ve got Gosling, but hes a player who can play different positions n y dun we juz keep the loyal Smith til the end of the season?!
    Hes average n not that valuable to his wages but i gotta say hes at least not deserving so much criticisms

  • JSYproject

    Nov 9, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #26

    hes sayin that if he was on 60k a week, he wouldnt leave no matter what team it was, even sunderland.

    thats the way i took it anyway, thats why the emphasis is on sunderland.

  • DrunkenSteve

    Nov 9, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #27

    Smith is one of the top earners at Newcastle so it doesn’t make sense to have him on the bench. Should sell him even if just to free up the wage budget for a 1st team player. If he does go we need to buy in a replacement sharpish as Tiote is bound to get injured/banned at some point in the season and Smudge is the only credible DM as back up.

  • JSYproject

    Nov 9, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #28

    how is smith a credible DM? that is actually quite hilarious

  • MacToon

    Nov 9, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #29

    Smith has been a waste of money, did ok in the CCC but only ok. For some reason his football went down hill and £60k a week is rediculous money for him especially when you consider what CH is on and the work he’s done in the last 12 months!

  • Hugo_Viana

    Nov 9, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #30

    I don’t see why he can’t play as a striker like he used to play back in the good old premiership days.

  • bigandysmagichead

    Nov 9, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #31

    smudger is an integral part of the team spirit get him workin with pedro n stoner on the younguns he is definately worth keeping at the club. i appreciate u smudger.

  • Suklowor

    Nov 9, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #32

    No Problem..!

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 9, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #33


    he only played half a season last campaign. if tiote gets injured I’d rather put Guthrie back in.
    You can’t keep cheerleader on 60K a week – thanks Allardyce !!

    We should go back in for that Leroy Fer as back up for Tiote.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Nov 9, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #34

    @ bigandysmagichead // Nov 9, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Well said mate, I agree with you.

    People seem to soon forget what he has done for us since we went down.

    What I dont see is how he has dropped from Target Man up front to DM??? Never been known before I dont think.

    I think Smudger should play some matches in the reserves upfront to see if he can revive his scoring touch which was so prolific at Leeds.

  • balubas1

    Nov 9, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #35

    He has played for us with real heart. He is just competed out atm. Would like to keep him as a squad player, but it is an honest desicion if he goes. No boo’s from me Smudge;)

  • Macedonia toon

    Nov 9, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #36

    Better 100 times that old lazy Butt and non of you were saying something about Butt when he played. Both of them were on the list for overpaid player, and what did Butt in the relegation season NOTHING totally useless. It was our luck that he got injured i our last season and we have Smith in dmc position and he did super job especially in the first half of the season when we have a lot of clean sheet. General in front of back four and he doesn’t deserve this critics. He is not fast like he was but he was 10 faster than Nicky Butt and most committed than him. Our first choice is Tiote and Alan it is nice back up. If Blackburn give 3-4 mil. for him (which i don’t believe) it would be nice business and we do have a back up in Guthrie and Gosling. If that happens Ok let it be, we should wish him good luck in the future and nice games in the blackburn shirt (just not against Newcastle 🙂 🙂 ) but he certainly doesn’t deserve this bad critics!

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Nov 9, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #37

    @ Macedonia toon // Nov 9, 2010 at 3:38 PM (35)

    I Agree, he doesnt need slating, he has done us some good since he came in, notably last season where he led like a true captain.

  • davis_toons

    Nov 9, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #38

    After some thinking, we should really thank Smith for his effort.

    1. Yes, he was over paid for now but not before.

    2. Compair to Owen erra, he should be getting owen’s wages…

    Show the leadership to the team when most needed. The club is in bad shape he try his best to push the players forward and bringing them together.

    If not why would CH put him as captain the other time. Not because his skill, we know that!

    What he did was the back end work which was so much needed stability and spirited to get the team together. He did that.

    Did anyone thank him?
    He have the Newcastle spirite inside him.

    When we keep him, the other players (include other club players) will understand why.

    Because, we are not just looking for players with skills or ability he must also have that kind of spirite that brings the team together.

    And not creates alot of nonsense. (for the media)

  • chuck

    Nov 9, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #39

    Looks like there`s a general consensus to let him go, for various reasons.
    I recall Moyes @ Everton showed an interest in him.
    How about a straight swap for young Coleman before he becomes the new right sided Bale.
    Kids getting games and looking good and we could use an attacking threat on the right side to match El Toro .
    Too bad about Smith,yeah he played a key role in the dressing room, but high wages and the obvious fact Tiote has emerged as “THE DM” makes him expendable and unfortunately there`s no room for sentiment in to-days game.

  • davis_toons

    Nov 9, 2010 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #40

    Macedonia toon // Nov 9, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    I agreed with your saying. Im not a supported of his skills really.

    It will be silly to sell him now.

    It is this kind of attitude and chartered that have help Newcastle team push on to promotion gel up the team.

    His attitude can always pass on to the younger players.

    We can offer him a backup contract once his deal is up if he is willing to stay.

    Alan = A motivator in the dressing room


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