Although certain websites have called for a boycott to get out Mike Ashley AND Chris Hughton, the Toon skipper says the new boss deserves the job.
Alan Smith: "The news was definitely welcomed among the lads. What he's achieved this season has been massive.
"But what he's done for the club in taking over the reins at difficult times in the past proves his commitment towards the football club.
"It was difficult again at the start of this season but he's done a brilliant job and the lads are right behind him.
"He's got this opportunity now and it's thoroughly deserved because of everything he's done."