Colin Calderwood Making A Difference At Newcastle


Steven Taylor has revealed today that Colin Calderwood, the former Nottingham Forest manager, who seems to just love it at Newcastle, is already making a difference at Newcastle.

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Colin Calderwood – coaching Newcastle defense

Steven has said that the way Colin has been coaching the Newcastle defense actually reflects the methods used by manager George Graham during the days of Arsenal’s legendary back four of Adams, Bould, Dixon and Winterburn in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

And Taylor is convinced Newcastle’s defending is becoming tighter as a result as Steven told the Newcastle Chronicle today:

“It’s been all about going back to basics. Colin Calderwood knows the game – he was a quality defender,” “You know what he’s saying is right. He’s been there and done that.”

“We’re playing a lot of 11-a-sides in training, with the defenders concentrating on keeping their shape.” “But, like Arsenal George Graham, the defense is also being worked separately every day.”

“It’s about sticking to your 18-yard box, learning that’s your zone as a center-half.” “It may sound boring, but it gets results – it builds a unit.”

“Adams, Bould, Dixon, Winterburn – they consistently played as a unit every day in training.” “That’s what I would love to happen here.”

“There always seem to be changes here.”

Joe Kinnear himself, has complained about never being able to field the same back four due to all the injuries, and it looks like Joe himself would love to stick to the same back four.

When Habib Beye comes back however, it may be hard for Steven to get his place, since he’s deputizing (and doing well) for Habib right now.

And one last thing – we owe Steven an apology because we blamed him for the second goal against Manchester United, while it was actually Ryan Taylor.  There was some confusion initially about which Taylor it was.

Steven says he’s been taking the blame for that one, and his friend Ryan now owes him one.

But we wanted to put the record straight – better late than never – and we were wrong on that one.

Comments welcome.



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101 comments so far

  • NE3 NICK

    Mar 9, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #1

    Aye Steven, Arsenal had good defenders though. Currently we have Bassong.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 9, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #2

    Good point Nick.
    I have noticed no difference since Calderwoods arrival and neither have the results changed.

    Yawn.

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  • Whumpie

    Mar 9, 2009 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #3

    er… boslox, the defence has improved considerably in my opinion. The shape at the back – especially Taylor’s positioning – has improved dramatically. That’s why we’re not shipping lots of goals any more, even against the best in the world.

    Ed: don’t beat yourself up about the ‘tail of 2 taylors’ thing – even the commentator on the official site’s highlights got it wrong!

    I think Calderwood is addressing exactly the problem Taylor suffered from: getting out of position and pulling the back 4 out of shape while they covered for him. With Beye coming back I think we’ll be looking better at the back than we have for years.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 9, 2009 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #4

    “It’s about sticking to your 18-yard box, learning that’s your zone as a center-half.” “It may sound boring, but it gets results – it builds a unit.”

    Er Yes it’s called defending.
    What a load of tripe.

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  • Well is that not a good thing SJT? Having a coach teaching them to defend? Doesnt seem any other coaches were doing it.

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  • safferman

    Mar 9, 2009 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #6

    no one has changed anything, yet theres praise going around for everyone who has anything to do with the team – a team that fighting relegation! Too much talk, just get the job done

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 9, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Well said safferman…this team of idiots deserve no praise the football has been a disgrace for several seasons now.

    They will go down they are not fit to be in the premiership.

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  • Stardust

    Mar 9, 2009 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #8

    SirJasonToon – you really are a dispicible fellow arent you.

    Nothing positive to say – dont say it – and go and poison your unfortunate “friends” ears

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  • BigLish

    Mar 9, 2009 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #9

    The only thing thats changed is that were now getting beaten by the odd goal instead of 2 or 3!

    I admire Taylor’s commitment but that won’t keep us up. He’s got a hell of a lot to learn before he comes anywhere near the Arsenal back 4!

    How long before Beye is back?? Anyone know? Maybe a spell on the bench will shut Taylor up for a bit…

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 9, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #10

    The truth hurts happy boy…have you seen the table lately?

    Bozo.

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  • Johno Toon

    Mar 9, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #11

    the more you post that i read of yours sirjasontoon im covinced your bennytoon,

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 9, 2009 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #12

    Johno well spotted.

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  • Stuart79

    Mar 9, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #13

    Sirjasontoon

    Are you a cockanesse?

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 9, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #14

    By the way Stardust don’t tell me what I can and can’t say..who the hell do you think you are?

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  • Stuart79

    Mar 9, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #15

    Stardust is the king of NUFC, didn’t you know that?

    He’s infallable (in his own heed!) lol

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 9, 2009 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #16

    No Stuart I am a Despicable Fellow.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 9, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #17

    He talks a load of trip…once Ashley gets us relegated he will still be blowing his trumpet…the lad lives in cuckoo land.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 9, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #18

    *tripe

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  • beyethegreat

    Mar 9, 2009 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #19

    i just cant understand why we have conceded so many this season onn paper we have a good defence(note to ed defence is spelt defence not defense)

    beye-arguably the best rb outside the top 4
    colo-argentine regular
    bassong-future thuram
    enrique-bad start but getting better
    taylor-ok not the best but is comitted and young (i still think he has potential though it may be wishful thinking)

    if we survive i am confident of a good defence 🙂

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 9, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #20

    Beye if you are not 100% that we will survive you are a despicable fellow : )

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  • beyethegreat

    Mar 9, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #21

    lol sirjason

    stardust youre point would be better received if you werent insulting people and perhaps took other peoples opinions in to account

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  • Stuart79

    Mar 9, 2009 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #22

    Beye

    Collocini is poor imo gets caught out far too often/ May be better next season if we stay up. But he’s been dropped from the national squad.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 9, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #23

    He does it all the time..I just hate what has happened to my club under Ashley simple as that.

    I took the insult on the chin and found it amusing in a despicably poisonous way.

    The blog doesn’t need moderators in rose tinted glasses so stop acting like one Stardust.

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  • Don

    Mar 9, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #24

    You could put the best defense in the world behind our midfield and they would ship goals, the defense isnt really the problem.

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  • beyethegreat

    Mar 9, 2009 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #25

    stuart good point i dont think he is poor but i do think he is below the standard expected from some 1 that cost 10 mil and has 30 odd caps for argentina i am noticing though that diego always seems to get absolutely everything out of jonas he seems to realy rate him which is a huge complement to him and us for having some 1 diego thinks is a star

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 9, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Don is your surname Despicable ?

    Don Despicable : )

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  • Stuart79

    Mar 9, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #27

    Don

    I think you’ve just hit the nail on the head.

    The defenders never have time for a break as the ball is always coming back at them.

    Our midfielders are slow and lack technique.

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  • Don

    Mar 9, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #28

    sirjasontoon
    Only on a saturday night

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  • Stuart79

    Mar 9, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #29

    Forgot to mention also that ou strikers don’t keep the ball well enough either.

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  • beyethegreat

    Mar 9, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #30

    sirjason

    i personally believe ashley can be good for us but he needs to stop the lying and start communicating which is what i think he is starting to do through llambias there is no question kk was right for walking but i do admit i like his ideas for youth
    here is a question for stardust

    if we stay up and in 2 or 3 years we start making a profit will he spend more ?

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 9, 2009 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #31

    Stuart it is not permitted on this blog to say anything negative about newcastle united players,management or ownership.

    It is a new law,laid down by Stardust in his rose tinted Elton John glasses.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 9, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #32

    Mike has had umpteen opportunities to invest in the first team..but the club is run like a sports direct outlet he has no knowledge on running a successful football team (and it shows).

    Somebody pointed out on here Ashley has gambled on 3 teams being worse than us this season…big big mistake Mike.

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  • Stuart79

    Mar 9, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #33

    Beye

    I think people need to stop thinkin about the idea that Ashley will take money out of the club in terms of profit.

    The only time Ashley cam make money is when he sells the club.

    When the club returns to profit that money will go back into the club I’m sure.

    However, I also believe that Ashley realises (as all football club owners do) that over the years they will make a profit on the sale of the club ultimately.

    Mike Ashley isn’t rich enough to not be bothered about the odd half a billion quid. Whichis a shame for us anyway.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 9, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #34

    Don : )

    Haha

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 9, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #36

    When Ashley came in I was over the moon…Billionaire,Ambitious,Invest in quality Etc Etc

    I had high expectations of Mike…like the dawn of a great new era on Tyneside…but them dreams got crushed pretty quick and I woke up.

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  • Whumpie

    Mar 9, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #37

    I just love the fact that a football blog gets phrases like “dispicable fellow”. I think Taylor should use that one the next time he falls out with Ferdinand…

    I think we’ve got a better defence than we’ve had for a while, but it still needs work. I think a lot of teams could do with a bit of ‘back to basics’ training, and it looked ok on Wednesday.

    And while I don’t think SJT is an absolute rotter and a scoundrel (see, I can do that too) I don’t think he’s right in slagging all and sundry off. We’ve not leaked a lot of goals since the Liverpool caning, so I think it’s just not justified.

    We’re starting to see stability and once we have our best players back that will translate into results. Just in time. I hope. Please.

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  • beyethegreat

    Mar 9, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #38
  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 9, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #39

    Whumpie Old boy how the Devil are you?

    I just got wound up today by spin on how good everything is,Guitterez this,Taylor that,Smith This,Calderwood that…Just made me into a despicable Blog Monster.

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  • komfort

    Mar 9, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #40

    some say good old mike and others tell the truth !

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