Bob Moncur had his own challenges at Newcastle and the club almost let him go before he made the grade, and then quickly established himself in the Newcastle first team.
Bob went on to become one of Newcastle’s best captains under the great manager, Joe Harvey.
Bob had some sage words today for young Steven Taylor â€“ but it looks as though Steven has already taken Bobâ€™s good advice – and that he will be back in the Newcastle side sooner rather than later.
Taylor – sensible words from Bob Moncur – Steven already seems to be following the good advice
This is what Moncur told the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œIâ€™ve always been a big fan of Steven Taylor and have watched him rise through the ranks from the clubâ€™s reserve team, but this is a really testing time for him at the moment.â€
â€œHowever, Iâ€™m sure that heâ€™ll bounce back from this.â€ â€œIn fact, it will only make him more determined to win back his place.â€
â€œIn many ways Steven has been a victim of his own success after his fast-track route to the England senior team put his name up in lights.
â€œAnd even though he has played over 60 games he is still very young and, at 21, still has much to learn.â€ â€œBut I am confident he will learn and he can still only get better.â€
However, Moncur feels that in former defender Sam Allardyce and defensive guru Nigel Pearson, not to mention experienced Brazilian international Claudio Cacapa, Taylor has lots of good advice around him on the training field. And he’ll surely benefit from this over the next year or so, because his development will accelerate, hopefully.
â€œLetâ€™s get one thing straight, Steven Taylor doesnâ€™t need me to tell him how to defend.â€ â€œHe has two great students of the game in Big Sam and Nigel Pearson there to do it for him.â€
â€œI hope he stays positive and looks at this as more of a challenge rather than a problem.â€ â€œHe doesnâ€™t need to be told why he was dropped â€“ now he needs to go out and prove he is the good defender we know he is.
â€œAnd I am confident he will do exactly that if he keeps his feet on the ground, works hard and shows us all what he can do.â€
Good sage words of advice from the great Bob Moncur â€“ somebody who Taylor is very like as a player â€“ they both give 100% in every single game. Bob was a strong personality and on a personal note, when we were both 16 years old, we played together for the Newcastle junior side in the 1960-1961 season – that also happened to be the season Newcastle were relegated when Charlie Mitten was manager 🙁
We were good friends then, but obviously went our separate ways – and of course Bob went on to became a great captain at Newcastle in the 60s and went on to lead Newcastle to our last Trophy, when we won the Inter-Cities Fair Cup in 1969 in great style.
Weâ€™re sure Steven has already read what Bob Moncur has said about him. It looks clear to us also – that Steven is already taking this little bit of adversity as a personal challenge – good for him. 😀
Comments very welcome.