Allardyce Says Milner and Taylor are Backbone of Newcastle


Sam Allardyce gave another revealing interview to Luke Edwards of the Journal today – and he talked about one of our favorite subjects – youth. He also discussed two of our best youngsters – Steven Taylor and James Milner – and is already well aware of them.

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Smiling Sam

Sam has already talked about building for the long term – and we think building the youth system and buying young players before they’re famous is one way to build for the future. Also if they are local talent like Ramage and Taylor – then great.

Let’s take a look at what Big Sam had to say this morning to the Journal.

“I know plenty about Steven Taylor and James Milner and I’m looking forward to working with them at Newcastle United,” it’s important at a football club that you have good young players coming through and they certainly fall into that bracket.
“They already have a lot of first-team experience because of the injury problems at Newcastle last season and that will undoubtedly help their development.
“In terms of being young and English, they are the backbone of the team and hopefully I can help their development and they can have long and successful careers at Newcastle United.”

Sam will watch the England Under-21 game tonight on TV – against Italy – and we expect Taylor and Milner to start with perhaps Steven being captain. It’s obvious Stuart Pearce is a big admirer of Steven – probably because Steven has a similar attitude on the pitch to what Pearce had when he was playing.

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Steven Taylor and James Milner

Milner will play his 62nd game of the season against Italy – which only puts to shame the attitude shown by David Bentley – who withdrew from the squad at the last moment because of fatigue – and no doubt has done himself a whole load of damage to his International career.

Allardyce believes Steven and James’ experience of international football can only be a good thing for their development.
He went on:

“I watched them play for the Under-21s earlier this week, but my flight was delayed and I missed the game. I’ll be taking a keen interest in the tournament and I’ll be watching the two Newcastle boys closely.
“Playing in tournaments like this one helps young players and I’m sure they are enjoying it. Of course, from a Newcastle manager’s point of view, I just hope they don’t get injured because that is always a concern when a player goes away on international duty.
“From what I’ve heard, England were a little unlucky in their first game against the Czech Republic, but hopefully they will still qualify from their group.”

Well Sam seems to be an admirer of the two – and why not. They are not only two great emerging players but they have the heart and character to go with it – and they are excellent ambassadors of our club.

Long may they be at Newcastle as we start to bring silverware to Tyneside. 😀

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2 comments so far

  • Arthur Prince

    Jun 14, 2007 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Hear Hear !! The youngsters Taylor, Milner ,Carroll, Edgar , Ramage ,Huntington, LuaLua ,Krul Troisietc are the future and with BSA’s influence plus the older players . The future’s bright so although we dont get the Ben Haim’s of the world( perhaps we can get Nickey Shorey and Sammy Hypia ) Sam knows he has a strong pool of youngsters who do want to play for Nufc .However Sam must be allowed decent time to develop the team from top to bottom , There have been too many Managerial changes in the past 10 yrs which is why we have acheived nothing . Sam to my mind is the right Guy for a prolonged spell to deliver the goods .

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 14, 2007 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #2

    Arthur – we actually have a pretty strong squad and expect Sam to be very surprised on the up side on how good a squad we have – last two managers have not been able to get the best out of them – Sam will. Agree about Sam – Ashley needs to give him an extended time to put things right – which he will!

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