Ryan Taylor Ready For Newcastle Relegation Fight

Ryan Taylor is an experienced player we picked up for around £1.5M since his contract at Wigan Athletic ran out this summer.


Ryan Taylor – only too willing to help

And Ryan was in a relegation battle last year when Geordie manager Steve Bruce took over the club, and did a great job to save the club, and has carried on this season to have Wigan currently in 7th position in the league, with 34 points from their 25 games.

Today, Taylor admits he is up for another similar challenge with Newcastle in the remaining 13 games left in the season.

The England under-21 international told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I am up for the battle to be honest.” “I have been in one for the last two years with Wigan, so I know what it is all about.”

“We always managed to escape.” “What you need is a good little run to get yourself away the danger area. That gives you breathing space.”

“You do not want to get sucked in even more.” “It only helped our chances of staying up when we beat West Brom.”

“I did not have any second thoughts about coming here as far as the challenge is concerned.”

Newcastle have some tough games coming up at home and Everton is one of the e3asiest since after that we have Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea in that order.

And we also have away games against fellow strugglers Hull City and Bolton in the coming weeks, and they are both 6 pointers.

Taylor added:

“There are really big games coming up against the top sides in the Premier League.” “You want to be involved in every game, and it is always nice when the big boys come to town.”

“If you beat them it shows you have come a long way – and that you are not far from safety.”

“Every game is going to be tough whether it is against Manchester United or West Brom – they are as tough as each other.”

Peter Lovekrands, Kevin Nolan and Ryan Taylor are all good buys that Newcastle made in January, and they go with Coloccini, Gutierrez, Bassong and Guthrie we got last summer.  Those 7 players probably cost us around £22M, and that’s very good business by the club.

The three players we brought in during January were experienced players who are only too willing to fight the fight for Newcastle.

And that cannot be too bad.

Howay The Lads!!

104 comments so far

  • Tjodalf

    Feb 13, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Can’t help but think that this season is the closest to relegation we have ever been and will ever be…

  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #2

    Well Spotted Tjodalf : )

    Could be trapdoor to the fizzy pop lge…all shall be revealed.

  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Feb 13, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #3

    boy looked quality last week…..finally someone to deliver a ball from a set piece……Great cover for Beye and has the quality to play in midfield

  • Mags

    Feb 13, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #4

    Well said Ryan, I hope the rest of the lads are equally determined and that we the fans get behind the team completely and are equally up for the fight, in spite of the incompetents running our club. Howay the Toon.

  • Tjodalf

    Feb 13, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #5

    The players should contact “Snåsamannen” who is a Norwegian fella, about 85 years old. He is kind of psychic and has healing powers.
    He could help them mentally from his house in Norway….it’s like healing, but from far away. 🙂

  • richyg01

    Feb 13, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #7

    This lad has his head screwed on!

    Agree, he had a good game last week, long may it continue.

    Cant wait to see him at LB and Beye at RB

  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Feb 13, 2009 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Interesting reading Jim…..

    surprised Keegan is anywhere in the betting never mind favourite……

    maybe they know summit we dont…

  • bowburnmag

    Feb 13, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #9

    I couldn’t even start contemplating how or why people imagine KK would be asked back or come back?

    I still think Shearer won’t come near the place either, unless like others he’s that anxious about our plight and just wants to help secure our status.

  • bennytoon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #10

    sirjasontoon- It was good to see what you finally look like on the front of todays sun. I must say though that 13 is a bit young to be fathering children. Fair play though as i didnt even kiss a girl til i was 16. Shes a bit rough though. I suppose beggars cant be choosers though.

  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Benny Shhh

  • Micky Toon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #12

    I’ve just put £100 on Ant and Dec as joint 1st team coach.

  • Micky Toon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #13

    Tjodlaf – We don’t need him we have our own nutter, sorry healer in Eileen Drewery. She already has experience in the football world, so she would be a better bet.

  • miloflembo

    Feb 13, 2009 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #14

    A sneaky bet on Advocaat might be on the cards… hmmmm

  • jim

    Feb 13, 2009 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #15

    i agree-weird how keegans favourite tho-it has to be old reading maybe- havin said that the others’ odds have changed since last nite so cant be-he wouldnt come back here would he? unless theyve offered to compensate him now AND give him a new contract aswell?lol-doubt it tho-and i doubt shearer will either-still cant help thinking itd make the fans buzz if it did happen tho ! DESPITE ALL THE CRAP THATS WENT ON!

  • bowburnmag

    Feb 13, 2009 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #16

    I watched a show the other night about Ant and Dec. Doesn’t matter what the cynics may say, they’re great craic. I used to love that ‘Wonkey Donkey’ sketch on a Saturday morning. I remember them resplendent in black and white on the day of the semis and the finals. Watched them running up and down the steps at Wembley when Rob Lee banged that header in. Proper Mages through and through. Leg ends. I’d have them in before Bryan Robson.

  • bowburnmag

    Feb 13, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #17

    Nee idea what “Mages” are by the way…..

  • jim

    Feb 13, 2009 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #18

    and also ive never seen keegan in any of the major betting sites as the new permanent newcastle boss favourite aprt from
    oddschecker.com–so their figures mite be rubbish-whoever they are anyway lol

  • bennytoon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #19

    Well what have we learnt this week? Firstly sirjasontoon has a thing for vintage bikes. The tramp who used to live in the bushes near my old school also had a vintage bike. I think it was because he couldnt afford a car.
    Tomtoon has a short memory. He talks about so many differrent players off youtube that the little mite forgets who he likes. Dont worry Tom i dont mind trawling the archives to jog your memory.
    Then we had Westoons daily rants. He has aquired the nickname of My Shadow as he waits for me to post then has a massive rant about geordie women and other rubbish. I fear for the lads blood pressure.
    And finally we had the heart warming story of the 13 year old child who has become a father. The story filled Ronaldeano with renewed hope that he too could one day lose his virginity. Ronaldeanos main worry was that his pecker was to underdeveloped but lets be honest it cant be smaller than a 13 year olds can it?

    Enjoy your weekend fellas. And dont sit to close to the monitor tom or you will get square eyes.

  • Whumpie

    Feb 13, 2009 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #20

    Thread, anyone?


  • sweendog

    Feb 13, 2009 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #21

    looks like an excellent buy … a player of the calibre keegan wanted but never got… shame

  • DJG

    Feb 13, 2009 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #22

    Wouldnt it be great if Ryan could score his first NUFC freekick against Everton.

    Can’t believe we have to wait another 9 days. Guthrie will be in full training by then to replace the trully shocking Butt. I hope Hughten doesnt slip back into his old losing ways.


    bennytoon // Feb 13, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    ”Enjoy your weekend fellas. And dont sit to close to the monitor tom or you will get square eyes.” lol

  • Rodzilla

    Feb 13, 2009 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #23

    RE: jim // Feb 13, 2009 at 2:47 PM


    Oddschecker are a highly reputable site that pulls in odds from all other online bookies. The only bookies offering odds on there at the moment are betdaq – a betting exchange I.E. other punters betting against each other. None of the ‘proper’ bookies are going anywhere near it at the moment.

    …this would suggest to me that there isn’t a market, or they know sumik we don’t. I would think it’s the former.

    Incidentally, I wouldn’t go anywhere near the top 2 (KK, Al).

    ….I’d like Bilic, personally, but it’s unlikely.

  • MarkO

    Feb 13, 2009 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #24

    We need a new manager fast we will still stay up with Hughton and Calderwood, but it will be a struggle.

    I’d take any of these:

    1) Tassotti
    2) Jol
    3) Sven
    4) Martinez
    5) Bruce
    6) Shearer
    7) Kinear

  • gibbotwg

    Feb 13, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #25

    What would anyone think to Bilic being permanent manager????

  • Rodzilla

    Feb 13, 2009 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #26


    I’d have him at the drop of a hat mate. I doubt he’d come though.

  • stevep

    Feb 13, 2009 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #27

    Sven would be a disaster
    Martinez and Tassotti can’t even speak english (we probably need this in our current predicament)
    Kinnear is in hospital and unlikely to manage again in all honesty for health reasons
    So we’re left with Bruce, Jol and Shearer out of your list.
    I doubt Jol would come so it comes down to Shearer and Bruce, would Shearer work with Wise….unlikely, would Bruce leave Wigan for us … also unlikley.
    We’re stuck up the proverbial sh!t creek lads

  • Rob@OffThePost

    Feb 13, 2009 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #28

    Completely unrelated I’m afraid but…

    former Newcastle FA Cup scorer outed as a Mackem!!!


  • MarkO

    Feb 13, 2009 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #29

    Tassotti can learn English very quickly and if we appoint him at the end of this season he will have pleanty of time to learn and the players would certainly respect him. Perfect for the job IMO.

  • DanToon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #30

    Stevep – Martinez speaks excellent English!

  • Obafan

    Feb 13, 2009 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #31

    Still think Houllier would be a very good manager for the Toon.

    My top 10 would be like this:
    1. Houllier
    2. Van Gaal
    3. Gerets (manager of Marseille who still has not renewed his contract)
    4. Advocaat
    5. Eriksson
    6. Hitzfeld
    7. Rijkaard
    8. Deschamps
    9. Terim
    10. Scolari

  • Obafan

    Feb 13, 2009 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #32

    Oh and if Taylor didn’t have scored 2 against us, we would have at least 3 points more which would be an extreme bonus in the current ranking table 😉 .

  • Obafan

    Feb 13, 2009 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #33


    I’ve asked this already, but what has Tassotti prooven to be your first choice???

  • Joseph

    Feb 13, 2009 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #34

    i’d like avram grant as manager, he did a good job with chelsea with a lot of things against him such as the crowd the media and to some extent the players all because he wasn’t jose

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 13, 2009 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #35


    Your mammy realy enjoyed my “underdeveloped pecker”!!!

    It made her squeal like a pig 😉

  • Toonmania

    Feb 13, 2009 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #36

    what about gus poyet is he any good as a manager? i know nothing about him apart from he was last at spuds

  • Toon_Ksk (Huh? u mean David Craig is real?)

    Feb 13, 2009 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #37

    Obafan, I believe Houllier rejected this job before, he is probably out of contention. Rijkaard and Scolari is not suited to manage a club with limited resources. Hitzfeld has a project with Switzerland. Deschamps or Terim will be great.

    But, my top ten:
    1. Otto Rehhagel
    2. Fatih Terim
    3. Bernd Schuster
    4. Temuri Ketsbaia
    5. Louis van Gaal
    6. Felix Magath
    7. Slaven Bilic
    8. Avram Grant
    9. Didier Deschamps
    10. Glenn Hoddle (I think he won’t mind Wise as DOF)

  • Robbanufc

    Feb 13, 2009 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #38

    I took the liberty of creating a group for the readers of this page!


    Please join, i’m going to upload some pictures from my only trip to Newcastle, and everyone is free to add theirs.

    Hope people want to join.. and remember to add your friends who are on this site!

  • Wigaz

    Feb 13, 2009 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #39

    KK odds on favourite? What a load of dirt! that is a waste of a bet. I really hope we have a perm manager in by everton coz we’re still nowhere near out of the mess. Bruce is my no1 choice but i can see the points made about would he leave wigan for us. This will be a test if he has any desire to take his hometown club back to where it belongs, or does he stay with wigan? One things for sure if he knocked it back again he should never be approached again. Please Bruce take it. Please MA offer him the role. We have to be realistic there is not many who would take the job. It’s prob harder than the england job!

  • Toon_Ksk (Huh? u mean David Craig is real?)

    Feb 13, 2009 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #40


    your girlfriend is gorgeous 🙂


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