Steven Taylor admitted yesterday the sacking of Sam Allardyce came completely out of the blue to the Newcastle United players. If Harry Redknapp takes over at Newcastle, it could reunite Steven with the great Tony Adams, who had Steven at Wycombe Wanderers 5 years ago.
Steven Taylor – will he be reunited with Tony Adams
Taylor told the Evening Chronicle yesterday:
â€œIt was training as normal and there was no indication from the gaffer that anything was wrong.â€ â€œThe only difference was that the boss took a session which is a bit odd, because he normally only used to do this the day before a match.â€
â€œAfter training the players just went home and we were as shocked as anyone else when we heard the news at tea-time.â€
â€œWho comes in as manager has nothing to do with the players.â€ â€œWe are professionals and we are paid to play. As far as I am concerned I am completely focused on Saturdayâ€™s game with Manchester United at Old Trafford.â€
The players were off Monday and Tuesday following their exploits at Stoke City on Sunday evening, and were also due to be off yesterday before getting together with Nigel Pearson today, in preparation for their tough trip to Manchester United
Nigel Pearson was missing from Wednesdayâ€™s training session, having made a visit to see Joey Barton at the Sporting Chance Clinic in Hampshire. Weâ€™re not sure exactly what will happen now with Joey at Newcastle United, but obviously Chris Mort and Mike Ashley will not look on Joeyâ€™s antics as very positive for the club.
This will be Nigelâ€™s second game in charge at Newcastle (dÃ©jÃ vu all over again), after he took control in the final game at Watford last season, following Glenn Roederâ€™s dismissal at Newcastle.
Taylor had no particular strong views on the departure of Allardyce, and was just interested in who the next Newcastle manager would be. If Harry Redknapp does get the job at St Jamesâ€™ Park and brings Tony Adams, then Steven and Tony will be reunited.
Steven played at Wycombe Wanderers from 2003-2004, when Adams was manager there. Adams tipped Steven for the very top at that time, and that’s been a fairly accurate prediction, since Steven was just 17 years old when he first played for Wycombe.