Steven Taylor Happy if Newcastle Hated Next Season

21 year-old Steven Taylor – one of Newcastle’s best performers last season – and a budding home grown star at Newcastle talked today with Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle.

Steven was injured in the England Under-21s defeat against Holland in the semi-finals of the European Championships although he still managed to score in the penalty shoot-out to go with the two James Milner put away.

Unfortunately – because of that injury – Steven has been having treatment on his ankle and has had no real time to take a break. But that doesn’t seem to matter too much to the Newcastle Academy star.


Steven Taylor

Steven said to Lee Ryder today:

“I am eager to work under the guidance of an ex-center-half like the manager. I can learn a lot from him. “I know Bolton were criticized for the way they played but I tell you what, it gets results.”

Sam has already talked of making St James’ Park a fortress next season where 52,000 Newcastle fans will be only too happy to roar on their favorites – but last season we didn’t fair all that well at home. We lost league games to Fulham, Bolton, Sheffield United, Manchester City and Blackburn – and in the league Cup Chelsea beat us 1-0 = and of course in the FA Cup we were thrashed 5-1 by Birmingham in January.

Taylor went on:

“We would like to be hated, people hated Bolton for the way they played and I would be happy with that. “It has been successful the way they have been playing. I think one thing we need to bring up here is to make everyone hate coming to St James’ Park.

We need to make it a horrible place to come to now.”

“You have to respect Sam after the big names he signed at Bolton. “Some of the players he attracted had Champions League winners medals and title medals. “There is no reason why he won’t do that at Newcastle United.

“Not only will he attract top players, but he will get the respect – he already has the respect of the players here.”

Interesting that Steven says that Sam already – in such a short time span – has the respect of the Newcastle squad. Taylor is already impressed with the four summer signings Sam has made – and of course there are hopefully more signings on the way.

England’s top player for the England Under-21s during the summer is expected to begin training at the end of July – so hopefully he may just make it for the first game on August 11th. However, he is more likely to be on the substitutes bench or sit out the first game. But an in-form Taylor next year is what we need to have a solid season and gain European qualification. Then we can start to rebuild again next summer for a potential attempt on the top four.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Rick

    Jul 9, 2007 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #1

    Can’t wait to see Taylor line up with experienced centre backs, it’ll do him the world of good

    PS – we didn’t lose in the league at home to Chelsea 😛

  • bob

    Jul 9, 2007 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #2

    i hope rozenhal can fill brambles boots because of the quality titus had it will be hard to match

  • steve

    Jul 9, 2007 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #3

    I think we’ll def improve on last season but a top four finish may be beyond us this year, there’s a massive gap between the top four and the rest. Realistically we should be able to fight it out with Spurs for 5th place and dare I say it … possibly a cup win if we get a decent drawer – as Keegan once said – “I’d love it”

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jul 9, 2007 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #4

    there is no big four anymore its the big 3 now Arsenal will not finish in the top four this season i dont reckon anyway. If they do it will be close it will be between Arsenal, Spurs, Villa and us

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 10, 2007 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #5

    Rick – you’re right again – Chelsea beat us in the League Cup – I updated the article accordingly……thanks.

  • steve

    Jul 10, 2007 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #6

    We are not Bolton, and our fans are not used to the football that bolton played. Like it or not, the Keegan legacy is still with us – what gets our fans going is 5 forwards battering the opposing defense for 90 minutes and scoring a hatfull of goals – and we took pride in our reputation as the entertainers
    I for one will not not be happy to watch my team play as Taylor suggests they might – frustrating, wily, flaireless.
    If it is only the result that matters, I can just read it in the sunday papers –
    but it isnt – for us Geordies, it is the way the game is played as much as the result itself. Bolton United wont get my dollar.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 10, 2007 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #7

    steve – that’s a good point – but I don’t think Sam will be as defensively minded as he was at Bolton. However he does know that results are going to be very important so he’ll want the wins. Sam’s a smart guy and he’ll want to keep the Newcastle fans happy. We have enough talent in the squad right now to to play very attractive football and i think we will – at least at home. But we’ll see how things go next season.

  • AndyT

    Jul 10, 2007 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #8


    Have you ever watched Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Milan?
    They are all capable of playing the most amazing flowing football with amazing flair and fluidity.
    They can also shut down a game and frustrate the hell out of the oposition.
    Personally I’d like to see a team that can get results either way.

  • Plex

    Aug 12, 2007 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #9


    That is a sick joke right

    Bramble was a waste of space


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