Skipper salutes boss decision

29 October 2009 02:49
Newcastle captain Alan Smith has welcomed the decision to give Chris Hughton the managerial role on a permanent basis.[LNB]Hughton was rewarded with a contract until the end of the 2010/11 season having helped the Magpies to the top of the Championship during his caretaker role.[LNB]Smith, handed the armband in the absence of Nicky Butt, told the club's official website: "The news was definitely welcomed among the lads. What he's achieved this season has been massive.[LNB]"But what he's done for the club in taking over the reins at difficult times in the past proves his commitment towards the football club.[LNB]"It was difficult again at the start of this season but he's done a brilliant job and the lads are right behind him.[LNB]"He's got this opportunity now and it's thoroughly deserved because of everything he's done."

Source: Eurosport