Nolan And Ryan Taylor Can Still Help Newcastle Survive


Alan Shearer has shown in his four games in charge (2 points 1 goal scored, 4 conceded), that he is not afraid to drop players and has already had some bold team selections in an attempt to find a winning formula for the club.

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Kevin Nolan – poor form for Newcastle

Two players that didn’t even make the bench on Monday night, but had both started against Spurs, were our recent signings Kevin Nolan and Ryan Taylor.

Both Liverpudlians would probably love to play against their home town side on Sunday, but we have no idea what team Alan is thinking of putting out for that game, only that there will be some changes to the side he fielded on Monday night. And we need to have some good aerial people at the back since Sami Hyypia decimated us at corners last December, when Seb Bassong was suspended.

They brutally exposed the woeful heading ability of Argentine International Fabricio Coloccini, who had a nightmare game that day.

Shearer has said he was simply trying something different against Portsmouth in the 0-0 lack-luster draw on Monday night, and has hinted both players are still in his thinking for Sunday.

Shearer told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I think whatever’s gone on has gone on.” “I’m looking for great performances between now and the end of the season.” “We’ve got to get Kevin into the positions he had at Bolton.” “We’ve got to get him on the end of things in the box.”

“We’ve got to get him driving in there, and being a threat from set-pieces, because he can do that.” “He showed it at Bolton.” “I’ve been asking Ryan to play at right-back, and he’s done what he can.”

“I’d probably think he wants to play right side of midfield, but he is versatile. The good thing about him is wherever I’ll play him, he’ll go out and give me his best.”

“He’s a threat from set-pieces. He’s got a great delivery, and we probably haven’t seen that from the three games, either, but it’s not for want of trying.”

We like both players and it must have been hard for both of them to come into a club facing it’s biggest potential disaster for some time.

But as Alan has said, they are both decent players and both have some spirit and work hard for the side, whenever they play. You cannot ask for more than that, at this stage of our terrible season.

We wouldn’t be surprised if both start on Sunday, but if we are to open the closing doors of survival, we probably need to get something out of this game, as unlikely as that may appear.

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135 comments so far

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 30, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #1

    the only way they will help us survive is if they stay away from the team. both losers

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  • stevep

    Apr 30, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #2

    agreed – cast offs from cr@p teams – albeit currently better than us 🙁

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  • Whumpie

    Apr 30, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Apart from his throw-ins, Ryan Taylor has been pretty useless. His worst offences are inaccurate dead-ball kicks, and being constantly on the edge of a booking for needlessly dangerous challenges.

    Nolan has looked pedestrian and I’ve seen no sign of this goal-hungry attacking midfielder that Big Al seems to know about.

    BUT I also know that I only see these guys on match days, not in training. Big Al knows best, and if he says these guys are good, then I believe him and I’ll assume it’s just the circumstances that are keeping them from showing it.

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  • beamish

    Apr 30, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #4

    4 games ago i honestly thought newcastle would survive. But because of fan pressure etc, shearer was appointed and now you look doomed! Surely an Alan Curbishly or george graham would have enough tactical knowledge to have scraped enough points to survive. Shearer is messing about with formations,tactics and players when a settled side is needed. It might be worth having a flick through the archives to see who was getting excited when shearer was first appointed. If memory seves me right you all were, even stardust. There will be even more money on offer to premiership teams next season but it looks like newcastle will be surviving on parachute payments.

    Batty is a racist!

    bye.

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  • Nick D

    Apr 30, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Nolan and and r Taylor are 2 reasons why Kinnear must never be appointed full time.
    Shocking outlay and Nolan on a reported package of combined fee and contract worth of 14.5 million !!!! No other team could be as cursed as us to have Shepherd and Ashley in charge and Allardyce and Kinnear as managers.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 30, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #6

    beamish, i kinda agree with you for once, only about the fan pressure.

    but we are very well prepared to go down as we have no major debts, none atall infact, say if a club like l’pool, united or even chelsea. hey would then go into meltdown due to finances, as they all live on the sucess money.

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  • Macas35

    Apr 30, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #7

    You cant really blame Kinnear too much for buying Taylor, as Ahsley wouldn’t give him anymore cash for a better player and we were short of cover at right and left back, and short of players who can play wide midfield too. He’s no more than an average player but to his credit he does put 100% effort in.

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  • beamish

    Apr 30, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #8

    geordie gerrard- last time you were in the first division you were averaging crowds of 20,000. I think you will have a similar turnout after your first few games. You can see on here how fans are already starting to abandon the team. You may not struggle financialy( although reports suggest you will be in serious trouble) but you will get left behind by the teams in the prem who will constantly pick off your better players, especially youth team. I can see you doing a Leeds and dropping down into the 2nd division.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 30, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #9

    i suppose being a football guru like yourself beamish you can see into the future and what will happen.

    ill tell you now, id be even willing to bet with you, newcastle will stay up on goal differance

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  • beamish

    Apr 30, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #11

    geordiegerrard- my crystal ball and logic says you are wrong. Hull will beat stoke and newcastle will lose against villa,liverpool and draw with fulham. Only beating boro which wont be enough.

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  • beamish

    Apr 30, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #12

    geordie gerrard – if you would like to contact be via facebook we can set up that bet. I would bet a 200 quid you go down( more bets or more money on request).

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  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 30, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Beamish – you still harping on about how we are going down and Batty being a ‘racist’ – change the record its just boring!

    I trust you are on a West Brom board somewhere stating all the crap about beating them 3 – 0 etc. Thought not

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 30, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #14

    Nolan is utterly useless, probably the worst player in the premiership.

    Ryan Taylor is better, but not much better.

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  • stevep

    Apr 30, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #15

    beamish – as per usual your rubbish is based on nothing more than your idiotic thoughts.

    though you may be right about batty being a racist

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  • beamish

    Apr 30, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #16

    STEVEP- Everybodys posts are based on guesswork regarding scores etc. Glad you agree that batty is a racist. Also good to see sunderland fan tomtoon back.

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  • DevonMag

    Apr 30, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #17

    how is tom toon a sunderland fan ?

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 30, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #18

    i stiilldont understand the tom toon is a mackem rubbish!! ryan toon said something about facebook and because benfica his second teams ground is called the stadium of light

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 30, 2009 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #19

    More chance of SuperMac, Millburn, Ginola and Beardsley helping us out!

    They’d be better now!

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  • AlexanderNUFC21

    Apr 30, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Despite that Nolan and R.Taylor both are useless, they can pass the ball better than others. We need to stop this” long ball and hope that martins get its” tactic. Liverpool has been getting thrown apart by short pass and go touches. we have players that can do that, Nolan being one of them. For R.Taylor we can use his throw ins and corner, but we need to put in Xisco because he can head the ball as good as Caroll and has more agility than him as well. I like the young buck Caroll, but i think its too much responsibility on this lad. Have Xisco martins and Viduka up front. I’m sorry but it seems to me that owen is just counting the days to leave to Everton.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 30, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #21

    Nolan cant pass.

    And this Mackem thing came from RyanToon and beyethegreat being very gullible and believing what bennytool aka beamish wrote on facebook.

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  • beamish

    Apr 30, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #22

    tom-toon. dont blame me. I dont talk to any of this lot on facebook. You do make me laugh though because you were delighted when nolan was signed. Maybe you dont know as much about players as you like to think.

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  • AlexanderNUFC21

    Apr 30, 2009 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #23

    @tomtoom

    Listen mate, no disrepect but, nolan can pass better than butt. Regardless we need to play on the ground pass n go. Look how Arsenal played against them, even Chelsea, Corner kicks and pass n go. NO F-LONG BALLS!

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  • stevep

    Apr 30, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #24

    beamish – toons average was around 21k – we were hanging around the bottom regions of the old league 1, skint and just about out of business
    spurs average was around 30k much the same as now – you were yet again gonna push on that season and win the league (ended mid-table), had your hero venables in charge and won the FA cup – wtf is your point about ya muppet

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  • stevep

    Apr 30, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #25

    oh and a geordie was your best player

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  • batty

    Apr 30, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #26

    beamish no iam not a racist just dont like dirty spud fans who dont give up on slagging our city fans and team you are the biggest racist on here the way you slag the geordie nation you piece of shite

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 30, 2009 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #27

    Stout doesn’t have a point cos he’s a fckin bell piece of a Spurs fan!

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  • stevep

    Apr 30, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #28

    Spurs have basically hung around mid table averaging 30k a game since before the prem began, as soon as they get near the upper regions (5th) they sack the best manager they’ve ever had due to a case of acrophobia

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  • beamish

    Apr 30, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #29

    stevep- do you have downs? I think it is quite obvious what my point is. In this day and age of sky tv money, if you arent getting any you are screwed. You will end up a yoyo club.

    And pointing out our best player was a geordie is a poor comeback. Unlike you lot with your cockney mafia rubbish i dont care where a player was born. All i know is he had to leave little ol newcastle to become a success.

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  • beamish

    Apr 30, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #30

    batty- How many times are you gonna copy and paste that? Are you denying that you told Ganiyu to go back to his mud hut and told me to go pick cotton?? No you cant because you said them, there in the archives , proving you are a low life racist. You sicken me!!

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  • beamish

    Apr 30, 2009 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #31

    stevep- you mean like newcastle sacking bobby robson?? Good luck in division 1 mate. Its where your club and fans belong. You could possibly call yourself a big club down there.

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 30, 2009 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #32

    Stout

    He really became a success didn’t he?

    Spurs have a season ticket waiting list of only 15,000 and they only have 30,000 season ticket holders!

    By my reckoning that means they would get about 50,000 in a new stadium.

    What a p1ss poor effort considering they have been a million times more successful than us for the last fifty years!

    How many were on our season ticket waiting list when we were in the champions league? About 25,000?

    Spurs – big club my arse!!!!!

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  • DevonMag

    Apr 30, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #33

    To be honest beamish I dont think it’s racism I think it’s ignorance (no offence here batty I dont wanna be having a go) you probably know as well as I do that batty’s no ‘racist,’ it’s just a good insult to have up your sleave as it gives you the moral high ground. Fair play I can see where your coming from but it’s clearly b*llocks

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 30, 2009 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #34

    You black like Stout? Pardon the pun!

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  • stevep

    Apr 30, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #35

    I give up – basically beamish just sits in front of computer all day switching between this and his internet dating sites along with facebook – he’s for some reason pretending to be a south american spurs fan who’s both bald and apparantly heavily overwieght, he’s obviously had brain damage at some point in his life for which we should all have to suffer his lack of intellect and wit

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  • stevep

    Apr 30, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #36

    and beamish – if you wanna meet up just let me know

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  • batty

    Apr 30, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #37

    beamish get of your fat arse and do summit with your life you dirty spud fan

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  • beamish

    Apr 30, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #38

    stevep- hahaha, a keyboard warrior.
    batty- your the one in your forties sitting on here from 7am to 11pm talking rubbish and being racist when youve had a few shandies.haha.

    I have made so many special friends on here it will be such a shame to wave you goodbye when you go back to div 1 footie. I hope a few of you grow up in your years in the wilderness and maybe we can have a bit of grown up banter when you are a prem side again. I expect many of you(ryantoon for one) will go on to support more fashionable teams in any case.

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 30, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #39

    batty // Apr 30, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    beamish get of your fat arse and do summit with your life you dirty spud fan

    Don’t be saying stuff like that- He might call you a fattist

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 30, 2009 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #40

    Fck off you Cockenese tw*t!

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