The England Under-21 captain Steven Taylor, is of course keen to stay on and help Newcastle rebuild the squad after this horrific season in which we had so many chances to escape and took none of them.
Steven Taylor – keen to help Alan rebuild – quickly
In yesterday’s Evening Chronicle Steven talked about Alan Shearer and the squad, and indicated the players never thought they would be relegated – wrong again!
“The club means so much to him.” “The fans love him, and he was hurt like we were about relegation.”
“He has been unbelievable.” “The only one person who I think can take us back up is Alan.”
“He has been fantastic to work with.” “Let’s hope we get the chance to work with him again.”
After beating Middlesbrough in wonderful and brave style we lost our last two games 1-0 to Fulham at home and Aston Villa away – and a single point would have saved us.
Right until the last second of the game at Villa Park last Sunday, and a goal would have saved us – but did we see the urgency and guts to try to get that last goal – no!
And Shearer did not condemn the players for that, but we have to think privately he was as disgusted as the rest of us, at that second half display – and that will be manifested when he moves a whole bunch of the losers out in the summer.
After the Boro game – Taylor admits that he believed Newcastle could escape – but the real killer was in getting zero points in our next home game against Fulham – who had won only 2 of their previous away games. A win in that game would have virtually save us whatever happened in the last game.
“We thought we were going to get out of it.” “But it is starting to sink in now.” “We have got to deal with it and put ourselves back up there in the Premier League with no mistakes next year.”
“We have to make St James’s Park a fortress again and have teams coming to us and fearing us.” “This season too many teams have come to Newcastle and taken too many points off us.”
“We need more belief. We have got to believe in each other.” “Once that happens, we will be fine.” “We want that positive mental attitude back and get rid of the fear factor.”
“Teams have got to fear us, instead of thinking ‘we can get points off Newcastle.’ That shouldn’t happen.” “We need stability and can move on as a football club and look to the future.”
And, reflecting more on Newcastle’s shocking, dismal and utterly disgraceful run of just two wins in five months in 2009, Taylor, who we are led to believe told the team exactly what he thought of their efforts in the dressing room, after the game (good for him!), continued:
“After we beat West Brom away, I thought that was the game that was going to keep us up,” “There was all the press stuff about us going down but never once did we think we would go down.”
“We knew what we had to do as players.” “Players have won things at other clubs so they knew.” “This is the worst feeling they have ever had, being involved in this relegation fight.”
“It was drilled into us as players every day in training ‘we are in a relegation fight, get used to it and deal with it’.”
We’ll keep Steven, and some others who gave it their best shot including Beye, Enrique, Duff (he looked like he was dying in that post match interview didn’t he?), but the players who ahve disgraced the club – will be shown the door – in no uncertain fashion.
And the way that Steven has handled himself and relegation shows he could well be a future captain at the club – and he’ll certainly be a lot better than the one we had last season – whose only credential for that position seemed to be he was the highest paid player – but we always need a real leader as captain – and Michael is leadership challenged.
Jimmy Scoular and Joe Harvey must be turning in their graves.