Kinnear Wants Improvement From Steven Taylor

Newcastle face a difficult task tonight against probably the best team this season out of the perennial top four sides.

Steven Taylor – manager looking for improvement in certain areas

And one area of our team that has to be at their very best tonight, is our defense, because we’ve let in far too many poor goals this season.

Joe Kinnear has worked with our central defensive pair of Coloccini and Steven Taylor in training this week, because that’s where most of the goals we concede come from – right down the middle.

Joe Kinnear rightly wants to see some improvement in Steven Taylor, who with Shay Given have been the only players to play in every game for us this season.

Joe wants to see Steven get tougher and improving his decision making.

“I think Steven and Fabricio can play with each other, but obviously we have spoken about it,” “We have worked really hard on the training ground and it is a case of them having to play alongside each other because there is no-one else.”

“Of course, maybe Steven needs a bit more experience but I think he has grown up recently and I think the pair of them will be okay.”

“He has some habits which need ironing out but I have sat down with him and his answer was, ‘Well no-one has ever told me that.’ I told him I see deficiencies in all players – it doesn’t matter if you are the best in the world, you will still have deficiencies.”

“We need him to be tighter and to be stronger and not to drop off – those sort of things. He has had habits he needs to come out of it. But he can do it. He has two good feet and he’s good on the ball.”

“I told him he needs to get as tight as he possibly can and to not show your opposition too much respect – you should let them worry about you. I feel he needs to be tougher and to punch his weight a bit more but all the ability is there.”

Upon taking over, Kinnear told Taylor he wanted the 22 year-old to step up and become a key member of the squad and he has seen signs of that progression from the Newcastle Academy graduate, and local lad.

And Joe is quick to praise the good things Steven has attained this season:

“I think Taylor has all the ability to go all the way. I had Michael Dawson at Forest, he went to Spurs, and he is a similar type of player.”

“Taylor is a real athlete, he’s strong and it is maybe just his decision making at times that lets him down,” “But that comes with experience. I’m happy with Taylor – he’s got all the ability in the world.”

Kinnear knows that his attitude and temperament will help the Monkseaton youngster make the progression from the Under-21 squad into the senior England team.

Joe continued:

“He’s a terrific lad in training – he’s a Geordie through and through and he’d run through a brick wall for you because he’s as brave as a lion.”

“Everything will come through experience for him. As he grows and gets more and more confidence he will get even better. I know there is talk about him playing for the seniors and it wouldn’t surprise me.”

Good words from Joe, and he’s an excellent man manager, just like Kevin Keegan was.

With the team now at rock bottom in the league, we need to get at least a draw tonight to get us off that bottom spot, but a win would raise us 6 places to 14th place, so we have to be brave throughout the game, and continue to look for the win, whatever happens.

We expect to see guts and determination from the lads tonight, and don’t expect to be disappointed.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Kevba

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #1

    he is no better than titus!!

  • qemin

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #2

    no wonder JK is saying that we should scout for championship players. We are in the championship, aren’t we there yet?

  • selly no skill

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #3

    sounds like kinnear has him weighed up already.the worse thing you could tell taylor is he’s good.too bigheaded with potential but a lot to learn yet.

  • UTD111

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Its good that Kinnear is working with Taylor – I think most fans would agree there’s some work to be done with his positional play, taking risks that aren’t needed etc But it right to say Taylor has got some great things about him and the potential to develop. You don’t get to captain your country’s under-21’s by being a mug.
    I think playing alongside Collocini will also help him to learn.
    Bit worried about Kinnear’s statement “because there’s no-one else”……doesnt really send the right message to the likes of Bassong or Cacapa….

  • NotAGhostToon

    Nov 3, 2008 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Don’t tell him to PUNCH his weight, he gives away enough handballs as it is! On a serious note though, taylor is a good defender, he just has what a lot of our players have, inconsistency, which if he gets rid of the niggles joe’s talking about could turn him into a great player.

  • Bosck

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #6

    Kevba and gemin, no offence, but you’re both really the type of fans we don’t need at the moment.

    taylor though he has his bad points is far better than bramble, and talking of relegation with 28 games of the season left and only 6 points off 7th is ludicrous.

  • Shearerbliss

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #7

    bosck totally agree, the prem is very tight this season, we are just 6 points away from 7th. Taylor is a good young player that we need at NUFC, and will learn from his mistakes, but remeber he has seen alot of managers in his short career. Not many of fans would have worked under so many bosses in the same job! Good luck tonite JFK!

  • craig chisholm

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #8

    JK talks too much. i also dont like the idea that cum jan he is going to do all his shopping in the coca cola league too and sell some of our players to fund it. As it is, we will loose stacks of good players this jan – perhaps he is preparing us for life outside the prem already. Maybe this is ashleys and wise’s brief to him. After all, he is nothing more than their lap dog. he is right that there are some good players there but the bottom line is that it is the league under the prem for a reason – they are not as good generally speaking. any good ones will go to any team appart from us at this time as we are a shambles.

  • Bosck

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #9

    Craig chisholm – if you want to be so negative go and support the mackems. This club needs fans who support, not ones who claim we are getting relagted having played 1/4 of the season.

    This is a joke, how can you say Kinnear talks to much then everyone complain about lack of communication from the club. Kinnear talks to only 2 papers and is constantly using them to boost players confidence, or take the pressure of.

  • ginkoh

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #10

    I think most of Newcastle supporter in Newcastle don’t rate Taylor because he’s Geordie. I dare to say that if Taylor move to top4 club you will see how good is he.

    Ok, he cost us a lot of goals but he can improve and show the doubter how far he can go.

    For me, I think he’s the one of our future let’s see when he’s 25-27 years old, he’ll be different player! Geordie but never see the worth of Geordie,you have the gem but through it like stone. how shame. 🙁

  • craig chisholm

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #11

    bosck……….there is complete lack of communication from the club and JK is full of hot air. he talks and talks none stop when kk had a media clause written into his contract to gag him. KK could not say a word but JK can talk as much as he wants without any come back. i wonder why that is?? could be cos he reports directly to wise as he has just admitted. JK is a feeder mouth for ashley and nothing more. he is a wide boy and is playing all of us and trying to get us to dance to his and ashleys tune. he has gone from saying that we were as good as sold etc when he first came in to now saying ashley wants to keep us etc. his transfer hit list is all from the coca cola league and involves selling some of our current squad. yes we are only just over a quarter of the way in but in three more games we are passed a third of the way in, time is ticking by and we are still going backwards and will continue to do so until ashley sells and we get a proper manager in. the prem is all about money these days, i aint saying i agree with it but if we dont run with the tide we will drown and thats a fact.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 3, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #12

    Ginkoh – That is the only reason why a fair few rate him.

  • 4rm the pearl of Africa

    Nov 3, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #13

    Taylor is Ok but maybe Kinnear needs to let him know Bassong is around and probably better,which should get him working harder on his weaknesses.that said though,i dont think shuffling the back 4 around is healthy otherwise Tayls would’ve been rotated with Bassong.Taylor and Collocini are just a few games away from acquiring a real understanding and chemistry,the kind that exists btn Ferdinand and Vidic.

  • Sav

    Nov 3, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #14

    I think he really desperately wants to hold onto his job here, at least until he’s proven he can turn things round. I wouldn’t blame him for that.
    But he should not comment on the Keegan situation. Kinnear knocking Kev when he wasn’t even around and while Keegan cannot respond will do JFK no favours with the fans.
    I don’t think Joe has a clue what is going on which is a bad situation for him and he’s fielding questions he shouldn’t be expected to answer. Sooner or later he will find himself having to confront Ashley himself if he stays around long enough.
    Where is Llambias or Wise? Disgraceful.

  • ToonKing

    Nov 3, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #15

    Jesus he mentions Dawson….he’s worst then Taylor……..

    Dunno why Joe said there is no one else.

    I would be very happy with Bassong and Colo with Jose on the left or even Cacapa and Colo in the middle.

    Taylor just goes MIA many times in games leaving Colo to do everything end usually we get punished sooner or later.

    Drop him i say and put Bassong there.

  • Bosck

    Nov 3, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #16

    Craig Chisholm – how exactly do you know who is on his transfer list or do you work with him and arent telling us. the only people who know who are on that list are jk and dennis wise, and possible some of the targets/clubs.

    besides recent players signed from the championship include theo walcott, aaron ramsey, curtis davies, jolean lescott, tim cahill, nicky shorey, all of who i would be happy with in our squad

  • craig chisholm

    Nov 3, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #17

    bosck………….i have no idea who is on the list. all i know is it is based on the coca cola league players and thats cos that is what JK has just said himself. he then also said he would sell up to four of our current players in jan and bring in two or three out of the championship……….JK’s words, not mine. you keep on supporting him and ashley, no worries, everyone is entitled to his or her views of course. mine are a complete 180 deg to yours. when we say support the club now, i have no idea what that means anymore, support ashley, liambias, wise and jk, no thanks. i will keep my fingers crossed and hope the fat twat sells up.

  • Nick

    Nov 3, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Dawson is as bad as Taylor !!!!!! Not exactly a good comparison and recommendation.

    I think we desperately need a sweeper as insurance. We are always so vulnerable to the ball played in behind as Taylor like bramble just ball watches and doesn’t read the game at all. I feel sorry for Colo as he is always trying to do 2 jobs to cover taylor.

    Young, Carew and Agbonlahor will sadly thrive on Taylor’s indecision.

  • UTD111

    Nov 3, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #19

    Craig Chisholm – I totally agree with your point about “supporting the club” – I have the same reservations…..
    At the moment I am contenting myself with “supporting the team” in the hope that the current owner, directors and management regime are indeed going to be out soon.
    This is one of the most worrying times I have seen in my 45 yrs supporting United – relegation is unthinkable because of the financial implications and Hull, Stoke and WBA are proving this season that the teams coming up are stronger and teams like Sheff Utd are showing that the teams that go down wont necessarily bounce back.
    I think the only consolation we have is that should Cashley not be abe to sell this time around, he will do what is necessary to stop us being relegated if only so that he doesnt see £200M wiped off his investment.

  • Whumpie

    Nov 3, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #20

    Some seriously negative and naive people on here today. Go kiss a mackem, the lot of you.

    Personally (although baffled by the ‘no-one else bit’ I’m delighted to see that JFK has put it straight to Taylor, and seems to have hit all the nails on the heads about his shortcomings.

    I think he’d benefit from being benched now and again and watching others – but I agree that behind the bad habits and decision-making he’s got the basics there. I also think he’ll improve under JFK. Starting wtih keeping his *%*! arms in and not losing his man…

  • Heavy hitters

    Nov 3, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #21

    Agree Nick, Colo is having to do his own job and keep an eye on covering for Taylor’s mistakes. Whilst on about England U-21’s Titus used to play for them enuff said ! How long are we going to give Taylor to become this great player some people continue to believe he either is or will be? He couldnt tie Bassong’s bootlaces as a CB.


    Nov 4, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #22

    What a negative bunch.
    Taylor had a good game as did the whole team.
    If JK is so bad, how come we won our last two games ?
    You guys are so angry about Ashley and KK, it blinds you to any reality, get over it !
    Good coaching never hurt and between JK and Houghton we have two of the best to have played the game, can only improve an allready decent CB.


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