Alan Smith Loaned Out To League One Club MK Dons


It has been announced that Newcastle midfielder Alan Smith is joining League One side MK Dons on loan for the rest of the season.

Alan Smith – joining MK Dons for the rest of the season

The 31-year-old former Leeds United and Manchester United player has appeared in only two cameo substitute appearances for Newcastle this season, and Alan finds it hard to make the bench in his fifth season on Tyneside.

Smith joined Newcastle in the summer of 2007, when then manager Sam Allardyce brought him in for £6M from the Red Devils.

Since that time Alan has appeared 94 times for Newcastle, and he was instrumental in helping Newcastle get promoted at their very  first attempt from the Championship in 2010, when Smith showed his leadership qualities throughout the season.

Alan played 37 times in his first season on Tyneside, and then appeared 35 times in the promotion season of 2009-2010, and in the season in between – the relegation season – he was out most of the time with a serious Achilles injury.

The Dons are in 5th place in League One and are in a play-off position, and their goal this season is to gain promotion, and they obviously think Smith can help them to do that.

Smith is on around £60K a week wages, and it seems the MK Dons will be paying only a small portion of those wages, but we suppose something is better than nothing, because it was unlikely that Alan would play in the Newcastle first team again this season.

Smith has played for only 5 minutes in those two substitute appearances this season for the Magpies,  and since Newcastle gained promotion he has appeared only 16 times.

The Dons manager is Karl Robinson and a club insider at the Dons is quoted as saying:

“Karl has always taken a keen interest in Alan’s career over the years.” “He realised Alan wasn’t starting for Newcastle and put in a cheeky offer for the player – not expecting for one minute it would be taken seriously.”

“Alan is desperate to get regular first team action, and had a frank and honest conversation with Alan Pardew, who told him he had no immediate future at the club.”

“Everyone at MK Dons is thrilled and believe their new star signing will provide the promotion push they need.”

Alan Smith needs to play football so in that sense this should be a good move for Alan, and of course he will be a free agent come June, and  will be hoping to hook up with another club in the summer.

Alan’s great experience and excellent leadership skills should be a boon for his new team, and we’ll be following MK Dons and Alan to see if they can make it to the  Championship next season.

We wish Alan all the best at MK Dons, and thank him for his leadership and good performances during our promotion year.

Comments welcome.



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74 comments so far

  • KevinHann

    Jan 27, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #1

    Curious if there is a portion of the wages actually delegated out of Newcastle and if that would open up some space for further bodies. When does his contract expire?

    Good luck to Alan, by the way!

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 27, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #2

    He’s done his job, but he’s not good enough, and he knows it, atleast he should.

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  • MrToon

    Jan 27, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #3

    All the best Allan. thanks for helping unite the dressing room after relegation. But unfortunately you are no longer in the class of our other midfielders. good luck to you.

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  • KevinHann

    Jan 27, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #4

    Let’s have no short term memories for this lad and slate him for the wages, he was massive in the Championship season. He also played a game out with a fracture, all the best and hopefully a swift return to the big stage for a couple seasons!

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  • nightfa11

    Jan 27, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #5

    finally..

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 27, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Hope this is true,

    1) Alan Smith is NOT even a championship player because NONE of the championship club want him

    2) Even during our championship season where he play 1/3 of the season – he didnt play that well.

    3) hopefully this will be a permanent deal by summer (or at least some other league 1 or BELOW team would sign him)

    4) finally Alan Smith went to a league where he belongs. Good Luck Mr Cheerleader

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  • Rosted Pork

    Jan 27, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #7

    GUDLUCK ALLAN.
    It will b a 1st big signg for mk don in thier club history i guess. Lol. How happy they gona b 😛

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  • gaz 44

    Jan 27, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #8

    at least when he played he gave 110% more than can b said bout shot shy shola

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  • nightfa11

    Jan 27, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #9

    perch is yaya + xavi compared to him.

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  • gonufc

    Jan 27, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #10

    I really think his biggest problem was not scoring enough. He was a promising young striker at Leeds and went to Man U, didn’t score enough and therefore had to do other things to get in the team so occassionally played midfield. Then at Newcastle his confidence seemed gone so almost never scored therefore could never get a game up front.

    Never good enough in midfield because quite simply he was a striker for so many years. It’s a shame so much money was thrown at/ for him because otherwise he may not have had so much pressure on him- 60k a week?!? Never ever worth it. He was a complete liability to be honest.

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  • Rosted Pork

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Gaz44@
    Agree wit u

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #12

    @WWJBD
    Lol, West Ham indeed… Him and Nolan in the middle… Now that’s a slow midfield if i ever saw one.
    Atleast Nolan is there to get the goals which Smith will be unable to.

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  • WWJBD

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #13

    All the best to Smith and I hope he gets back to a decent level in the summer

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  • Rosted Pork

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #14

    Well, hope he does good wit mk don

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  • gaz 44

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #15

    last time natasha giggs got called to big brothers room ryan giggs was in there listening to tom jones over candle light

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  • KevinHann

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #16

    Some people here seriously need to consider their values. You don’t get anywhere by forgetting yesterday in the blink of an eye. The only sentiment and loyalty left in the game is with the supporters, don’t forget that. Or you may as well rename the club as well as the stadium. For the sake of buying a top player, you know.

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  • WWJBD

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Dannyo
    Haha aye u say that now but if we played them they’d both score easily lets face it

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Can’t see us replacing Smith, atleast not in the midfield.
    I’m liking Knockeart more and more, a striker/winger would compliment us quite well.
    Imo, we’ll give Hoilett a punt, if it doesn’t come off, it’s Knockheart in the summer when the big guns comes in for Hoilett.

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  • gaz 44

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #19

    lets b honest y go on about lack of goals.. he played same position as tiote for us hardly prolific is he

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #20

    Aesop was an ancient Greek writer most renownd for a fable he wrote about a boy who cried wolf,basically the moral of the story was that if you cried wolf it makes you look like an attention seeking,sad lonely c*n*t,I think Lee Rider and those posting false rumours on this blog should take heed of this aged tale.

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  • KevinHann

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #21

    He was a striker who suffered a career-threatening double break under extremely unlucky circumstances. I’d like anyone who slates him, ANYONE go through the same, cope with it without suffering in his ordinary, non-sport everyday life, and then pull the same accusations on Smith.

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  • stephen30

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #22

    I was there the day alan smith scored at sjp

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #23

    i am sorry guys, i dont hate Alan Smith compare to my hate against Ameobi and Perch but :

    1) i disagree that when fan said Alan Smith gave 110%. did u guys watch the FULL match?

    Alan Smith is running EVERYWHERE the first 5 mins. then the remaining 85 mins he is walking (and being anonymous).

    He do Tackle once or twice. The result is usually a yellow card or a tackle which is never near the ball. After he did ONE tackle then he is ANONYMOUS

    Can’t pass, Can’t run

    Spend lots of time fixing his HAIR than getting the ball

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #24

    @WWJBD
    Well, it’d be typical our luck wouldn’t it 😉
    While we’re on teams getting promoted, looking forward to see Southampton come back tbh, they’ve been through allot. I’ll be welcoming them, would be nice if they could give us another Alan Shearer 😉
    Just make him skip Blackburn this time.

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  • KevinHann

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #25

    On the topic of Veloso, you guys are aware he can play as a left wingback/winger, right? He’s not just a DM.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #26

    WWJBD
    Trying to find out who that smoggie player Bates was the other day,and inadvertently ended up on a Leeds blog,and it seems there was a lot of talk about Smith going back there and reading a few posts they seemed happy about it,,I think that would have been a much better move for him and I’m sure they could afford to pay the same as MK Dons

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  • WWJBD

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #27

    Dannyo
    Haha oh aye just the norm for NUFC for former players to rip us to shreds
    U reckon Southampton will make it up? I’d like to see it happen but not sold on it yet tbh. I’d be happy with any of Hammers, Southampton, Birmingham, Brighton, Blackpool or Reading….would love Middlesborough as well just for some REAL local rivalry 😉

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  • gonufc

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #28

    KevinHann – no one has really been too harsh on him on these comments- you keep defending him when no one is having a go!

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  • gaz 44

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #29

    was offered to Leeds in summer but read they have wage cap of 20k n only 3 players on that at a time

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  • sirtoongospel

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #30

    Just wanna say, when we were relegated, and the Championship loomed, Smudger was first class for us. He was MOM in 4 of our first 5 games and met fire with fire. When teams thought we werre big time charlies, and wouldn’t be up for the fight, Smith was tremendous. I wish him all the very best. He will do a great job there. He helped get rid of our tossers and rolled his sleeves up to help get us back up.

    Good luck smudger.

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  • WWJBD

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #31

    JfA
    Tbh Id be chuffed for him to go to Leeds but arent they pretty skint atm? Cant see them being willing to stump up the money for his loan but in the summer he might favour a move back to them

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  • nightfa11

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #32

    like it or not.. smith is the worst player in EPL.. cant do anything really.. & i dont think his IQ is 10 not to realyze that he sucks.. so..if hes such a sports man hed move after 2 years here..because everyone knew he will never start a match here.. he was here for the paycheck.. period.

    worst footballer, had 1 good season a decade ago..but hey..hes english right?

    boumsong, kuqi, xisco..oh EVEN XISCO did more for us;D few goals & few assist.

    smiths stats: 1 goal in a friendly, 0 assists, 78236342934 yellow card & few red ones.

    P.S.: everyones commited for 60k per week to sit on a bench for 100mintues per week!

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  • gaz 44

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #33

    brutoon still 5more mins of running than shola lol.. he’s the sort of player who wears his heart on his leave fergie ruined him by trying to make him into Roy means replacement

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  • gaz 44

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #34

    Roy keane even

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #35

    @WWJBD
    Birmingham does well under Hughton, well, atleast as good as u could expect considering the players they lost, and may lose this window.
    A club which is struggling financially, but he’s up there, good on him 🙂 But i’m not convinced they’ll make it.
    Hammers will be up there, no doubt, they have a team too good for the championship.
    Brighton play some decent footy, Cardiff surprises me a bit, but they’re in the cup aswell, so got a strong team.
    Reading i doubt, but Middlesborough are 4th atm, so could happen.
    West Ham and Southampton to go straight up and i’ll guess Middlesborough for winning play offs just for the sake of it 😛

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  • bringbackemre

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #36

    brutoon
    you are one miserable fella
    all the best smith

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #37

    @Jail
    I’m pretty sure there was a deal in the making in the summer where Leeds where told to pay £1 mill in wages for a full season loan, but Bates said no, it was too much for them.

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  • Ryan2502

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #38

    Hi lads, on Smithy, part of me is sad to see him go as I think he will have been one of the instrumental leaders in the dressing room after our relegation, and after the Leyton Orient debacle, so I think we owe him a debt of gratitude for that, but he’s obviously past it and no longer fits our style or formation, and with his contract up in the summer he might as well go somewhere and play a bit.
    On a totally different subject alltogether, was googling Lawrence Doe, who was mentioned on the last thread, to cut a long story short, he shares his name with someone who works with a poster on a Crystal Palace fan-site, who put up a team photo from 1988 (i think!), which includes a certain, very fresh faced, Mr A Pardew, and a few others from back in the day!
    Have a look at the link, and see who else you can spot! There’s a former Middlesborough manager, an ex-Arsenal striker, a journeyman forward, and probably a few who you may recognise, who I have missed! Enjoy!

    http://www.holmesdale.net/images/history/1988.jpg

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #39

    Nightfall,
    If I was you I wouldn’ t duck.

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  • WWJBD

    Jan 27, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #40

    Dannyo
    If I had to take a punt right now on who will be coming up I’d go 1st Hammers, 2nd Southampton and play off winners Brimingham (reckon Hughton will bomb on now they are clear of European football)

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