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.
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.