Thursday, 30 July 2009
EVENING CHRONICLE SCOOP!
Alan Smith laying down law to team-mates
By Lee Ryder on Jul 30, 09 02:08 PM
ALAN SMITH has insisted that a dip in performance will not be tolerated from any player at St James's Park.
And that includes Newcastle United's wantaway stars, with at least three big names heading for the exits.
Obafemi Martins is in talks with Bundesliga champions Wolfsburg, while Sebastien Bassong and Habib Beye hope to secure moves to top-flight clubs in time for the Premier League's big kick-off on August 15.
Smith, who captained United against his old side Leeds last night, is understood to have read the riot act after the 6-1 humiliation at Leyton Orient last weekend.
The Yorkshireman told the Chronicle in a straight-talking interview: "Some people have made it public that they want to go, while others have got their head down.
“That is entirely up to the individual.
“We won’t have a go at anybody if they want to go.
“But they must cross that white line and give 100% when they wear a Newcastle shirt.
“We won’t have any qualms if they walk away if they get a better offer elsewhere.
“Every player in the dressing room last night, whether they want to stay or go, gave 100% and we cannot have any complaints.”
From the Heaving Chronic http://www.newcastlebanter.co.uk/2009/07/alan-smith-laying-down-law-to.html#comments
The Chronic 'journalist' looked up and said, "Hang on, Alan, you old gobshite, remind me again why you feel you have the authority to say this... How many goals have you scored? You're thirtyish and you still confuse passion with running around like a headless chicken and kicking the shit out of the opponents... What exactly do you contribute to the team for your (alleged) £64,000 a week?"
And then I woke up.