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Former £7m Leeds and Manchester United star goes into coaching - good move?

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Notts County have confirmed the signing of former Leeds United, Manchester United and England international Alan Smith as a player-coach, but is it a good move?

Alan Smith was once a great player, there is no denying that, but have Notts County made the right move appointing him in a coaching role, as well as a playing role?

In my humble opinion, I believe they may have just pulled off a masterstoke.

A lot can be said about Alan Smith's early past as a footballer and his behaviour and reputation on the pitch, his aggressive style upsetting opposition fans.

He was even once dropped by England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson for a friendly with Denmark after it emerged he had been arrested by West Yorkshire Police for a bottle-throwing incident. However, Smith was not charged with a criminal offence and the investigation was dropped.

Despite his early past, the former Leeds star has more recently become an icon to the players around him and capped his erratic behaviour. A testament shared by Notts County manager Shaun Derry: 'I am absolutely delighted. Everyone is aware of what he is as a player and where he has been and the fantastic clubs he has been at.

'But he is not just joining to be a player who can produce the performances, he will be a fantastic influence in the dressing room - which is where I felt we struggled.'

The 33-year-old spent a total of 13-years in the top flight during his career and made over 400 appearances at all levels. So, I believe he could well be play an instrumental part in the big games Notts County are likely to be involved with next season.

In an interview with local news station East Midlands today, the determined former Leeds star said that he will drive to succeed at all costs whilst at the Nottingham-based club.

For Smith, it could be the first-step towards getting back to the Premier League for another stint, even if it is as a coach.

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