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Keegan backs under-fire Smith
11 Aug 2008 - 08:56:04
Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan has backed Alan Smith after Magpies fans booed the former Leeds and Manchester United star in the pre-season friendly against Valencia.
The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to Everton, but Keegan has no intention of selling the former England international.
He said: "Alan Smith is a Newcastle player and that's it.
"He covers in a lot of positions, is a great lad around the place - and whole-hearted.
"He may not always be the best player on the pitch, but no one will try harder.
"I'm not going to try and tell this crowd what to do. It's a very knowledgeable crowd.
"They're the first to cheer if a player scores a goal and sometimes they show their feelings.
"They've got every right to do that, they pay their money."
Smith failed to score in 37 appearances for the club last season.