Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor has talked to Sky Sports News today.
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Steven was famously a ball-boy, when Kevin was last at the club in the 1990s, and he believes manager Kevin Keegan is the ideal man to bring success back to St James’ Park.
Kevin did wonders at Newcastle the first time around and had Newcastle second in the league twice, and in 1996, should really have won the title, having let a 10 point lead we had at Christmas slip away, and Manchester United again won the title that year – how boring.
Steven was asked if Keegan was the right man to bring silverware to Newcastle, Taylor told Sky Sports News today:
“I don’t think there’s a better man for it.”
“He inspires every player. He doesn’t coach, he just inspires all the players. He’s a man’s man.”
“The players have so much respect for him. Everywhere he goes in Newcastle he’s loved.”
“The fans love him to bits. He gets 110 per cent out of you.”
Newcastle finished 12th in the Premier League last season, and it was the second season in succession that was really a complete disaster for the club.
Taylor has admitted the players have to take the responsibility for a season that was another of massive under-achievement.
“We have a really small squad, but there’s plenty of quality in there,”
“It’s up to us because last season was a disappointing season. The fans, they obviously know that.”
“It’s up to us. We’ve got ourselves to blame for last year.”
Taylor had a good steady and solid game yesterday, and will probably be a starter for the coming season, and we hope he will keep improving as he already has some good experience and still only 22 years old.
That’s also true for James Milner, who looked very good yesterday, and Charles N’Zogbia, whose best years are ahead of him, and who we are hoping will stay at the club.
Certainly there have been no problems with the young Frenchman this season, and when midnight on August 31st rolls around, we hope he is still a Newcastle player.
That will be a win-win for both Tyneside club and the player, and then Kevin can begin to work his magic on the youngster, which he seems to have already done on a certain Damien Duff, we might add. 😀