31 year-old Alan Smith will be offered a coaching job at Newcastle when his contract runs out on June 30th.
Alan Smith – great contribution in promotion drive
But it looks like Alan will turn that down, as he wants to keep playing for a few more seasons.
Alan was signed from Manchester United in the summer of 2007 by Sam Allardyce for £6M as a striker, and one stat that is really weird is that he never scored a goal for Newcastle, in the 94 appearances he made for the club over five seasons.
After the first season on Tyneside, when he played 37 games, his time was blighted by injury, and in the relegation season, he was out with an Achilles problem and played only 6 games.
But Alan did have a good season following relegation, when he played 35 times in Newcastle’s promotion season, and was the official captain of the side, and he was one of the leaders of the side, when Newcastle needed real leaders in their time of need.
That’s what Alan will be remembered for at Newcastle, and of course Smith has always been a first rate professional, whose football ability was severity curtailed, when he broke his leg and damaged his ankle while at the Red Devils.
In February of 2006, during a 1–0 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield in the FA Cup, Smith broke his leg and dislocated his ankle while attempting to block a free-kick from Liverpool’s John Arne Riise.
And the injury was described by Alex Ferguson as one of the worst he had ever seen in all his years of football, and the Leeds-born player has admitted himself he was never the same player after that, and dropped back into defensive midfield while at Newcastle.
Alan Smith is close to Alan Pardew, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see him returning to Newcastle as a coach in maybe a couple of years.
Smith’s agent Alex Black told the local press yesterday.
“It is safe to assume that Alan won’t be signing a new contract at Newcastle,”
“He was told when he left there is a coaching role there if he wants it, but I don’t think that will happen.”
It’s good that Smith will play on, because once you are retired from football it’s forever, from a playing sense, and if you can play at a decent level, that’s a good thing to keep doing.
We’ve always liked Alan Smith and he’s a good lad, and it would be great to seem him join the Newcastle coaching staff after his playing career is over – maybe in a season or two.
Best of luck Alan.