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14/07/2013 20:29, Report by Adam Marshall

Smith's praise for Round

Former Manchester United star Alan Smith believes the Reds' new assistant manager Steve Round will prove to be a real asset to the club.

Smith left Old Trafford in 2004 to join Newcastle United, where he worked with Round during Sam Allardyce's tenure at St James' Park. Now a midfielder with Milton Keynes Dons, the ex-Red will be keenly observing how David Moyes and his new backroom team fare with the champions. "I’ve worked with Steve Round at Newcastle and he’s a great coach," Smith told ManUtd.com. "I know a lot of the lads respect him as a coach and I spent a good bit of time at Newcastle with him and he’s very thorough in what he does. I think he will prove to be an asset to Manchester United.

"Sir Alex Ferguson will have done his homework on who to appoint and who to bring in to take over the mantle. My experience of Steve Round is he’s a great coach, who is enthusiastic as well and I think, over the years to come, he’s sure to develop into a great asset to the club. He will bring in some new ideas and David Moyes is experienced as well. He will know Round is a good coach and he’s worked with him for several years since Steve left Newcastle when Sam Allardyce departed. 

"He’s been with Moyes ever since and I’m sure they’ll want to prove a point as

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Round shaping up well

"My experience of Steve Round is he’s a great coach, who is enthusiastic as well and I think, over the years to come, he’s sure to develop into a great asset to the club."

- Alan Smith

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