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Under fire Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce has named Alan Smith as his new captain.

Smith was initially handed the skipper's armband for the 1-0 Boxing Day defeat to Wigan but Allardyce has confirmed that the appointment is a now permanent one.

The former Bolton manager, however, denies that his decision was motivated by Geremi's imminent departure to the African Cup of Nations, even if his tone suggested otherwise.

"We need to establish for a while somebody who can captain the side on a regular basis with the attitude, desire and commitment that Alan shows", Allardyce told Newcastle's official website.

Many will see the appointment, however, as a reaction to the teams latest booing off the pitch at the hands of the Toon Army following the disappointing loss at Wigan and Allardyce clearly hopes that Smith's ultra committed attitude to every game rubs off on some of the other players.

"I'd like all the players to be like that", scowled the coach.

Smith himself is delighted and determined to lead by example.

"It's a massive honour for myself," said the 27 year-old, who has surprisingly now been skipper at all three of his clubs, "wearing the armband gives you that extra lift...you are the focal point...you've got to make sure you're giving 100% week-in, week-out."

The Newcastle faithful will be hoping that it proves to be a catalyst to kick-start their season.
 

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i'm realy glad Smith is captain there. It shows what a strong character he has and what a good player he is. I like him a lot, and realy upset that we don't have him any moe, though it's better for him because he left. With Rooney & Tevez him and Saha would've been the sec tound of strikers and he rarely he would have gotten a first team start
 

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I was never a big fan of Smith. He gave 100% every game and you had to respect him for that but his goal scoring record is very poor. He only scored 2 goals in his last 2 seasons with us and he is yet to score with Newcastle.

However, he seems to give more than any other Newcastle player at the moment. Making him captain is a good choice. I personally think his best position is centre midfield. I think most people disagree though.
 

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He's certainly got the qualities to be a captain. Strong, never gives up, brave and more. Good move by Newcastle imo.
 

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Glad to hear the news.

A good lad and one of the hardest workers on a football pitch and always gave his full commitment to United when he was there.
 

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he one of the players thast always give 100% percent effort on the pitch,but i think allardyce gave him the captain armband beacause of his motivational skills,and not for someone to look up to when u want to win a game.Still,im happy taht he got the captaincy
 
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