London Club After Alan Smith – Trapattoni Not After Leon Best

Sam Allardyce signed Alan Smith for Newcastle in the summer of 1997 for £6M from Manchester United.

Alan Smith – Sam Allardyce interested

And he was a favorite player of the new manager, and Sam played Alan in most games, even out on the right wing, but of course Sam’s reign was short at Newcastle, and then new owner Mike Ashley sacked him in early January of 2008.

Alan has had a tough time of it at Newcastle in general, and especially since Newcastle were promoted back to the Premier Leagueabout eighteen m,onhts ago.

Over the last couple of seasons he’s made only 14 appearances for the club, with only one appearance this term.

The news today is that Sam Allardyce, now managing West Ham, is ­interested in getting him on loan at the London club in January, where he can again link up with another  former Newcastle captain, ­Kevin Nolan.

Smith turned 31 last Friday, and he will not be offered any renewal of his five year contract, when it runs out next June.

His home town club Leeds United, as well as Doncaster Rovers, who are joint bottom of the Championship with Bristol City, have also expressed an interest in the player.

The problem with the loan deal is Alan Smith’s wages, which are around £60K/week, and we suppose if West Ham agree to pay those wagers, then a deal could be made with Newcastle.

Leon Best – 9 goals in 21 appearances for Newcastle this year

And on another front, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is just a little shocked that Leon Best was not called up for the provisional Ireland  squad last week, for their play-off games with Estonia on November 11th and 15th.

Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni doesn’t think Best works hard enough,  and he called up Shane Long in place of the suspended Kevin Doyle, but Long is said to be out six weeks with a knee  injury – so go figure.

Leon Best has scored three goals in nine appearances for Newcastle so far this season, and 9 goals in 21 appearances since January,  and Pardew had this to say yesterday:

“Leon has tonsillitis and he’s a doubt for Monday night at Stoke.”  “But I was surprised he wasn’t in the Ireland squad. It’s been said he doesn’t work hard enough.”

“But he’s one of the most improved players in my ten months here.”  “Is he good enough to be in the Ireland squad? Yeah.”

If Leon doesn’t make the game tomorrow night,  it could mean another start for Ben Arfa, who had a bit of a disappointing game in midweek at Blackburn, when the lads were beaten 4-3 after extra time in the Carling Cup.

If we had won that game we would have been at Cardiff City in the quarter finals, with a decent chance of making the last four of that competition.

If only.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • blissna

    Oct 30, 2011 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #1

    Smith an Nolan linking up. West ham fans must be delighted lol.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Oct 30, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #2


  • kingkat_army

    Oct 30, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #3

    1997..(@.@)…we have been paying a 60k a week cheerleader for 14 years ady..LOL

  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 30, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Ireland’s loss is our gain.

    The 4-3 defeat at Blackburn showed how crucial Leon Best is to our team. He works so hard, wearing down the defenders for Ba to poach in.

    Very hardworking forward. 1 of the most improved player. And we got him for 400k? LOL!

  • magpiebop

    Oct 30, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #5

    Liability Smith!

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 30, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #6


    I thought best cost1.4m?

    If I’m honest I was sorry the Ben Arfa experiement didn’t come off as that was the ideal line up agaisnt Blackburn, minus Perch and Guthrie (who scored a great goal but is no Tiote.)

    My only problem when best plays is we play so many long hopeful balls, but when ben Arfa has come on in recent cameos we get the ball down on the deck a lot more

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 30, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #7

    boot boys reunited at west ham on stupid long term deals.
    Didn’t reaise Smith had been here sinnce 1997 !!!!!!!!!

  • acuna

    Oct 30, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #8

    No coincidence our flirtation with winning the league ended with the arrival of Alan Smith in the summer of 1997.

  • Klatoon

    Oct 30, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #9

    If Best doesnt make it and we have to play 4-4-1-1 i’d have Marveaux behind Ba. In th A.Villa game when he played centrally he was so effective and pickd out a number of clever passes,he also almost never loses possession. Besides,his fitness level is miles ahead of HBA.


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