New Sheffield Wednesday signing Michael Smith hits back after angering Rotherham fans having made the switch between the two clubs.
The Owls’ latest incomer is preparing to play his 14th club in a career that has lasted over 12 years playing for the likes of Darlington, Accrington, Newport, Colchester, Wimbledon, Swindon, Barnsley, Portsmouth, Northampton, Bury and the two mentioned in the headline.
Smith, 30, now joins Sheffield Wednesday with the hope of picking up whee he left off in guiding the Millers from League One to the Championship.
— Sheffield Wednesday (@swfc) June 22, 2022
He leaves Rotherham after four years, playing over 200 games and getting on the scoresheet over 60 times, so his decision to leave the club and head back to League One left many rather unhappy at the New York Stadium outfit.
“I’m a smart enough lad to know that my Rotherham reputation built up over four and a half years is going to be tainted now,” he told the Rotherham Advertiser.
“I made the decision and I’m big enough to take everything that comes with it. I’ve given my all for the club. It’s really sad that it’s ended this way.
“Football is completely ruled by emotion and I ‘get’ the response to what I’ve done. Hopefully, once the dust has settled a bit, people might understand. They might not. That’s just part and parcel of it.
“From the bottom of my heart, I’ve loved every minute of my time with Rotherham,” he said. “This is my opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to the fans for all the support they’ve given me.
“It’s meant the world to me; not only to me but to my family as well. I can’t speak highly enough of what the club have done for me and my career.
“I’d never say a bad word against Rotherham. The fans have been nothing but top-class with me. They’ve been lovely to my missus and little one as well.”
Smith denied the divisional difference between the two sides made his decision difficult.
“No, not really,” he said. “I’ve seen things online about me dropping back down to League One but I’m okay with it.
“The move to Sheffield Wednesday was something me and my family couldn’t really turn down. I know I can play at the level. I proved that last season. I’m just looking forward to getting going with Sheffield Wednesday now.”
Another thing that caught the attention of Rotherham fans was Smith’s decision to remove photographs of him playing for the Millers from his social media accounts.
“Do you know what? It’s nowhere near as bad as it looks,” he said. “I changed my profile picture because I’m a Sheffield Wednesday player now.
“I’d had it in the back of my mind that I’d come off Instagram and Twitter for a while and give them a bit of a breather. I’m useless on the technical side of things and didn’t know how to deactivate or suspend the accounts or whatever it is you do. So I just did the next best thing and made it look like I wasn’t using them.
“It had absolutely nothing to do with Rotherham. It was never meant as any kind of slight.
“I’ve still got all those pictures on my phone, all those memories to still look back on; it’s just that they’re not out there for the wider public to see. I’ll always look at those pictures with fondness.”
More from Michael Smith’s chat with @paulm_davis, including..
– Why he has deleted all Rotherham photos from his social media accounts
– His relationship with Paul Warne
– ‘Dropping down’ to League One
– Why he wanted to sign at S6
— Alex Miller (@AlexMiller91) June 27, 2022
Social media users had their say as the new Sheffield Wednesday signing hits back after angering Rotherham fans…
Paid my 20p for an interesting read.
– @smudga17 was very brave for doing the SMexit interview
– Smudge was very honest with the club about not committing and telling them he understood if they needed to move on
– Some of the questions were very harsh
@adammorley17: @smudga17 judas. Gunna have to live with that son. You are a judas. That’s all i have to say. Enjoy league one ya judas cunt.
@BenLeisner: @smudga17 🐍 🐀 🐷
@benthemiller: @smudga17 all the best smudga absolutely gutted but go smash it up in league one again 🕺
@mrfrogmiller: I’m reading that @smudga17 has inexplicably lost his photo history from his time as a Miller. Can we Millers send him any photos you have of him. Promotions, goal celebrations and cup wins. He may never get anywhere near the levei of success at SWFC than he had at RUFC.
@smith98_josh: @smudga17 not done bad to say you loved it at Rotherham, agreed to stay twice this summer just to then fuck off down road you rat 🐀
@JackDagnallV: Oh what a night, Michael Smith is a Wednesday ite, fucked off toytown for the blue and white, we are massive what a night 🎶 #SWFC
@JamesJordan91: Michael Smith has proper angered toytowners even more by removing all his pictures of him as a Rotherham player 😂😂😂👌🏻👌🏻 #goodlad #swfc
@__IrufcI__: @smudga17 don’t ever forget the club that rescued you from probably not playing league football again and who gave you the opportunity to do what you’ve done. Two trips to Wembley two promotions and a trophy. You’ve used the club for months to line your pockets #rufc
@brooksideknight: Haha what is up with these Toytown fans getting all worked up about Michael Smith coming to the Massive we are SWFC that’s why they are angry OK there in the Championship now due to Smudge but he wanted to play for a Bigger club in a lower league get over it your a small #club
@Newty90: I wish @smudga17 well had he joined any other club in our league like boro the fans would have been all over backing him and the fact he has stayed in L1 with our rivals is a kick in the teeth but doesnt meant he wasnt hard working for us. It stings but we move on.
@reorgegoberts: Toytown crying
@rufc__cal: that interview has made you look more like a dickhead. fuck off @smudga17 #rufc
@DeclanSayles: Rotherham fans 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
@IBradders: Please don’t tweet a thank you post to anyone at RUFC as the possible replies may make your hair curl. The way the whole sorry situation with Icky & yourself holding the club to ransom for a few extra quid is little short of deplorable. Hope you both get paid on time!!
‘Michael, what happened to your insta?!’
— The_RUFC (@The_RUFC) June 27, 2022
— Baba (@balnastraid) June 27, 2022
— 🙂 (@norman_Sando) June 22, 2022