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Keegan defends Smith against critical Newcastle fans

But Magpies boss Kevin Keegan has no plans to offload the 27-year-old.

"Alan Smith is a Newcastle player and that's it," said Keegan in The Sun.

"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."



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