Steven Taylor, that Geordie warrior who did his best to save the club, but to no avail, has again pledged himself to his home-town club today.
Steven Taylor – England Under-21 captain going nowhere
Steven, who seemed more than devastated at the final whistle on Sunday talked today about how he felt after the game – where we really deserved to go down – in all honesty – let’s not kid ourselves:
“It’s the worst feeling I’ve had as a professional footballer. It’s the worst day in our careers.”
“The dressing room was like a funeral afterwards . Everybody was devastated. I’ve got the European Championships with England Under-21s to focus on now. That’s all I can do, but this is something I’ll never, ever forget.”
“The 3,000 Newcastle fans who came down to Villa Park are the reason you play. It’s got to be an honour to play for Newcastle United Football Club.”
“No matter who you are, what club you have played for, you’ve got to give it 100 per cent every single game. It can’t be like the last 10 months, when it hasn’t been good enough.”
“I know there will be changes at this football club, but I don’t know what’s going to happen. As players, we haven’t got a clue.” “But I’d just ask the fans to stick with us next year. We’ll be giving everything to get the club back up where it belongs.”
Getting back at our first go will obviously be the party line from the club, and what we all hope for, but it’s tough in the Championship, and we could be down there for longer than we had hoped and expected.
However, we’ll know during the summer the type of players Alan Shearer is able to attract to a Championship club, and what kind of side we end up with before our first game against Cardiff City.
But there’s no doubt a winning start to next season will help to bury the nightmare of this last season.
Look on the bright side- we should win more games next season than we did this season, when we won just 7 games, and tied with Middlesbrough for the worst win record of any Premier side.