Keegan Inspired Confidence In Small Squad Already

In the absence of any new transfer news at Newcastle United, there’s another good interview this afternoon with Steven Taylor who reveals how Kevin Keegan has taken just three days to inspire the 13 players back to training this week.


Kevin Keegan– already inspired the returning players

The 22 year old local boy has talked of how the Newcastle United manager boss has already instilled confidence within his current squad of players this week.

Steven also says the morale is sky high, following a difficult season for the lads (in fact for everybody associated with the club) last year.

Taylor talked today to the Evening Chronicle on Keegan’s pep talks in training, and said:

“Basically, he wants us to set our standards high, and finishing in the top six would be massive for us.”   “That’s what we should be aiming for, and there’s no reason why we can’t do that.”

“It’s going to be difficult to get into the top six with the very small squad we’ve got at the moment, but with a few additions, we have to believe we can do it.”

“The last few days have been tough, but it has been good to get back into it. We’ve had a long time off.”

“We’ve got a small squad, and we need a few more players.” “We’ve got quality here, but you do need to add to it in case we get any injuries.”

Taylor has also admitted that the aim of the team will be to emulate the Entertainers of the 1990s in the coming season.

Taylor, who has just signed a three-year lucrative contract, that more than tripled his wages added:

“I have a lot of respect for what the Entertainers have done. They are legends.”“If we can be half as good as they were, we’ve done well.” “I remember watching them with my dad in the Sir John Hall stand.”

“And I never once thought I would get the opportunity to play on the St James’ Park pitch.” “To be living that dream now is the best feeling in the world. Being a ball boy was the closest I thought I would ever get to the pitch.”

“But I had a lucky break and got into the team through injuries.”

Steven will be a key player for the club next season, and we think he can do really well, since he certainly seemed to play extremely well for Kevin in the latter part of last season – we hope so anyway.

He’s one player at the club we think will be earning his wages next season, unlike some of our players last season.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far


    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #1

    Thats one part of his job! but will KK loss confidence?

  • Taiwantoon

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #2

    I would have prefered Taylor to save his time talking to the press ppl and take some extra trainings.

  • xfer

    Jul 10, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #3

    Nice to hear that from Taylor. He needs to improve his reading of the game though, and stop playing strikers onside.

  • domtoon

    Jul 10, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Damned if he says anything and damned if he doesn’t by some accounts.

    Personally I think it’s great he’s said what he’s said. In fact it’s very important, especially as a local lad who’s grown up with the team. Shows sincerity and commitment, which is exactly what we need.


    Jul 10, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #5

    The more taylor speaks of confidence improving under KK the more the players will belive it! lets not knock the lad! he is prob our best defender & our future captain IMO! yes he’s still learning but his heart is bigger than any other player at the club & his bravery is 2nd to none! hope he has a fantastic season & becomes our John Terry/tony adams! would like to see a bit of quality playing with him though to help him along with his reading of the game etc!

  • ToonKing

    Jul 10, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #6

    Zenit snub £19m Arshavin bid
    Unnamed English club have offer rejected, according to agent

    An unnamed English club have failed with a £19million bid for Zenit St Petersburg playmaker Andrei Arshavin, according to the player’s agent.

    Arshavin is expected to leave Zenit this summer after an impressive showing for Russia at Euro 2008.

    It has been claimed that Primera Division giants Barcelona recently had a £12million offer rejected, with further reports suggesting the Russian champions would only consider selling for twice that amount.

    Premier League sides Arsenal and Chelsea have also been linked with Arshavin; however an official approach from either side has yet to be confirmed.

    Arshavin’s agent, though, has claimed that an English side have failed with a £19million bid.


    “Barcelona failed with a £12million bid for Andrei and now an English club have had a £19million offer rejected by Zenit,” agent Dennis Lachter told the Daily Express.

    “Zenit want £24million, so clubs who want to sign Andrei will have to get closer to that figure.

    “I believe they will because there are clubs interested in Andrei who are trying to sell players first.

    “The figure is not easy to reach, but the transfer activity is beginning to happen and I am optimistic he will join a big club.

    “I don’t know exactly when Andrei’s future will be resolved, but we have until the end of August, so we are both fairly relaxed.”

    hmmmm, i wonder…… 🙂

  • Davies

    Jul 10, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Thanks for that Steven. Thanks very much indeed. Now about these new signings….

  • ToonKing

    Jul 10, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #8

    also :

    From the Evening Standard website earlier today

    Mike Ashley denied he has plans to sell Newcastle United, which he bought for £133m.

    ‘That is not true. I would say that I am keen to have partners in Newcastle. That’s a very expensive seat I sit in.’

    Rumours suggest he has held talks with Far East investors about bringing money into the club. Ashley went on to say

    ‘I think I’ll start with people from Newcastle not in some cave in Afghanistan’

    :D, finally MA spoke…

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 10, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #9

    “To be living that dream now is the best feeling in the world.”

    Passion for the club is so important imo and Taylor I’m sure can help with other players and maybe the new players to understand this and make sure they are proud to put the Black n White strip on…. just like Beye too 🙂 .

  • domtoon

    Jul 10, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #10

    I’m having de ja vu I swear we’ve had this conversation about comparing Taylor and Terry in the same sentence….

  • Leo

    Jul 10, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #11

    super taylor

  • Pete

    Jul 10, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #12

    As mentioned above, that’s one part of his job.

    The players know as well as we do, that the current squad is never going to challenge for a uefa cup spot next season. Just part of the propaganda to keep the fans believing. We’ll see these stories popping up frequently up till season start telling us how fantastic morale is and how good the next season is going to turn out

  • Hadrian

    Jul 10, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #13

    We also have Harper and Taylor ‘hoping’ our manager gets the backing he needs , and both of them getting the point across of how small our squad is .
    while taylor urging us to tie up owen and harper ………………

    doesnt sound promosing to me like , our players seem tobe as worried as us .

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 10, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #14

    TK, so MA is looking for people to share the burden ? suppose £2 billion doesn’t go that far nowadays !!!!! lmao


    Jul 10, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #15

    Obafan2 I realise that comment 14 was tongue in cheek, but as we all probably realise MA doesn’t actually have 2Billion sloshing about as spare cash. Most of it is tied up as property and investments. Having said that anyone buying into a top EPL team would have to realise for it to be successful investment must be made in players to keep up with the other teams.
    So we will find out come the close of the transfer window what his intentions are one way or another.

  • Stephen

    Jul 10, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #16

    Funny he comes out with loads of positive things to say when he signed a new contract worth 35 grand a week.

    Dont people remember when we were facing a relagation battle he kept on going on about how much he wants to sign a contract.

    Yes he is a geordie lad but he was only thinking of the money lets be fair and if he loved newcastle that much he wouldnt of gone out all last season when we were struggling to cause problems especially at that time he was playing shi*

    Glad he stayed though alot better than cacapa 🙂

  • Karl

    Jul 10, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #17

    It is important for Taylor to talk to as many as possible about how good it is to be a Newcastle player. Not to sell season tickets, or keep us happy, but to tell all the footballers around the world that Newcastle is not the unstable investment object that the London press is hyping up.

    It is not a coincident that MA and ST is speaking to the press today, they need to convince our targets Newcastle is a good and safe place to be. Maybe some have already rejectet a move because of all the S**T in the papers lately.

    What the club doesn’t need now is for us to tell them to shut up, tell DW he is useless, MA to show us the money etc. Give them a break, trust them (they are not FFS), they might supprise you (like Gutierrez)

    And Cheer up, this will be a good season! 🙂

  • bailey

    Jul 10, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Cannot understand you Ed repeating what he says.. How on earth can anyone think Taylor is a good player. If you follow him you will be quoting him every day God sends. Get some quotes from the better players at the club like Michael Owen or Oba. Dont think any other player wants to speak to Anal Oliver or his nemesis Lee Ryder.

  • Charlie

    Jul 11, 2008 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #19

    I like Tayls. He has been a loyal servant who could have come out any time over the last year and requested a transfer on the grounds that the club had not commited themselves to him and that he was on a third of the wages of his peers.
    He would have been picked up by another club and offered better wages.

    Can you blame him for wanting to get his contract done and be reassured his career with us does not go the way of some many of our defenders in the past?

    Now he knows we want him long term he can become a force to be reckoned with!


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