Notts County announced on Tuesday that former Leeds United striker Alan Smith was going to be released following the expiry of his contract with the League Two club, and Whites fans were quick to discuss a potential return to Elland Road for the 37-year-old.
Smith, who has tended to play as a central midfielder rather than a centre-forward in recent years but only featured in 56 minutes of league football this season, saw his team beaten by Coventry City in their League Two play-off semi-final last week, meaning they will be spending another year in England’s fourth tier.
His manager Kevin Nolan has decided to let him go now his current deal is up and Smith, who scored 52 goals in 209 appearances in all competitions for the Yorkshire outfit earlier in his career, could now be considering moving into a coaching role.
Leeds supporters, who have urged their club to rescue a £35,000-a-week Premier League star, took to social media to give their thoughts on the newly-available 37-year-old, and while one said “please sign Alan Smith as manager”, another said “wonder if he’s going to come back home to Leeds”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
— TEG. (@Gr33nw00d) May 22, 2018
— Luca (@lufc_news7) May 22, 2018
— Russ 🎙️📺📻🥊🏏⚽🏉🎯🎾 (@Sports_Journo_) May 22, 2018
Alan Smith released.
— Daryl (@Dazelar29) May 22, 2018
As a coach or something?
— James (@James_H_3) May 22, 2018
We might as well stick him upfront lets face it we aint got many more options as of yet.
— Terry Gibson (@TerryTezgibson) May 22, 2018