Alan Smith was officially released from the club yesterday, after Alan played 94 times for Newcastle, but failed to score a single goal.
Alan Smith – played 94 times for Newcastle
The fact that Alan was initially brought in by Sam Allardyce as a striker, makes that statistic just a little bit more surprising, but we always knew Alan Smith was a top-class professional.
Alan got on well with the manager Alan Pardew, and Pardew has come out today and praised the player:
“I can’t praise Alan highly enough as a person,” “It’s been difficult for him to get in the side, and he went out on loan.”
“His professionalism around the place has been brilliant. It was a joy to work with him.” “At some stage in the future, I might get the opportunity to work with him again.”
“He’s got a real future in coaching after he finishes playing.” “He wants to keep on playing, but I’ll keep an eye on him – he’s got great attributes.”
It’s been a little obvious over the last two seasons that Alan Smith didn’t have much of a future at Newcastle and in that time he appeared only 16 times for Newcastle, and he was a costly player for the club, with his £60K/week wages.
But Alan is currently in negotiations with MK Dons and we think there could be a decent chance that Alan could play on for a couple of seasons in the lower leagues.
But Smith has an excellent future in coaching, and could even become a top manager in the future, although with players that’s always a very difficult call to make.
We wouldn’t be surprised to see him back at Newcastle in two or three years time in a coaching capacity, and it’s obvious from what Pardew has said that the two of them get along famously, and could form a good partnership in the future on the training field.
Smith was offered a coaching opportunity at Newcastle with the youngsters, but he still thinks he can play for a few seasons, and the 31 year-old wants to keep playing.
It’s always good to welcome back past players to the club as coaches, and if he’s going to be a top coach and then a top manager, then there’s no better place to do that than at Newcastle United.
And we know Alan has an extremely high opinion of both the Tyneside club and it’s wonderful fan base, and he would fit straight back in.
What do you think?