Ryan Taylor Determined To Make Right Back His Own

Ryan Taylor spent some of his summer break in Las Vegas here in the US,  as he looked back  on  a move from Wigan to Tyneside, that he feels will still become a big success.


Ryan Taylor – wants to make right back his position

Ryan said today:

“I’m playing in the Championship but I don’t regret making the move and I’m looking forward to the next four years here. I needed a fresh start,”

Ryan’s three seasons with Tranmere Rovers means he is one of the few Newcastle players with Football League experience, and we will soon see just how well and how quickly the current squad can adjust to the rigors of the Championship.

Ryan continued:

“When you see the sides that are in the Premier this season you think ‘hold on a minute, where’s Newcastle?’”

“It is weird when you look at the talent here to think we’re no longer in the Premier League. But it doesn’t work like that and it will be tough this season because everyone’s going to want to beat us,”

Ryan has been unable to secure a settled position under either Chris Hughton or Alan Shearer on Tyneside, and Newcastle fans have so far seen very little evidence of a player tipped for England honors by his former Wigan boss, Geordie Steve Bruce – now manager at Sunderland.

This season Ryan seems determined to become first choice right back, and with Habib Beye destined for a move to either Hull City or Aston Villa he could do just that.

Taylor continued:

“I’m nearly 25 years old and I want to settle down in one position. I’ve played in numerous roles in the past – left midfield, right midfield.”

“I’ll do it, but I want one position only, and that is right back, and I’ll do everything I can to force my way into the team.”

Newcastle’s players’ desire will be tested this month when they face many of the sides tipped to be their main rivals for promotion from the Championship this coming season.

Many feel the Newcastle players are  just not cut out to do well in the Championship, and certainly the lads have a lot to prove after their disastrous play of last season in the Premier League.

Taylor cites last month’s encounter with Huddersfield as being a potential water-shed moment when the Newcastle players closed ranks and fought for one another – something we didn’t see much evidence of last season, to be sure.

Ryan thinks that spirit will be needed if we are to prevent sides like Plymouth, Scunthorpe and Blackpool from taking the biggest scalp in the Championship division.

Ryan went on:

“The game at Huddersfield turned a bit ugly and maybe that is a sign of how things could be in the Championship week in week out,’’

“But we showed we’re up for the fight. With Newcastle old boys Lee Clark and Terry Mac being there they wanted to get wired into the lads even though it was a friendly.”

“If they’d have beaten us it would have been a big scalp but we did our job in the correct way.”

“Going to places like Huddersfield in pre-season is all about getting back to reality and see the type of teams we’re going to be up against and the kind of grounds we’re going to be playing in over the next ten months.”

“You can see with Derby last season how damaging a bad start can be so it’s vital we hit the ground running. We need to do the opposite, get a flying start.”

“There was hurt in the dressing room after what happened last year because it was very disappointing but the lads have recovered. The fans can’t see it but standards in training show how much everyone is up for this season.”

“We hope everything gets sorted with the (sale of the) club and I’m sure we can help that by getting results on the pitch.

“I can’t wait to see the reaction of the fans once we start winning games. The fans are like no other and things can really take off if we start winning games.

“They’ll follow the team through thick and thin, getting 3,000 away fans preseason just tells you what they’re like. They were hurt last season but I know everyone will be there for us again this year.”

Rayn is just one of the players who Newcastle fans will be watching to see if  he has both the spirit and the skill to be successful on Tyneside, and help the team get near the top of the Championship table.

If we can be at or near the top throughout the season there has to be a chance the Geordie fans can roar on their team to some success in the promotion race.

After all if we manage to win games we have to think the crowds at St. James’ Park will soon improve, even if it’s only in the English second division.

Howay The Lads!!

11 comments so far

  • magforlife

    Aug 7, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #1

    He hasnt got any competition for the right back spot as Beye is running away to Hull, the bubbly get

  • bozo

    Aug 7, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #2

    From some of his performances last season the man is not even championship quality maybe if we go down to the first he will find his level.

  • G

    Aug 7, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #3

    I think this is Taylor’s level. I dissagree about the team having some fight in them too.

  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 7, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #4

    manure and pass back to harper rings a bell.

    Prove we wrong Taylor

  • evildick

    Aug 7, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #5

    well whatever happens there’s a game tomorrow and that’s where the talking needs to be done – on the pitch.

    i am filled with blind optimism. imagine what 3 points and a good start would do to the mood on tyneside!

    howay the lads!!!!!!

  • magforlife

    Aug 7, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Whats the score with Butts hand injury anyway? Australian wicket keeper is playing with a broken finger so why cant this overrated supposed hardman not play football with his hand strapped?

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 7, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #7

    You’re absolutely bang-on there magforlife. I think it’s actually to our benefit though with Butt not playing. I think it’s the ONE position where we actually have good spare players.

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 7, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #8


    Guthrie’s out too.

    Barton and Nolan it is then.

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 7, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #9

    “I’ll do it, but I want one position only, and that is right back, and I’ll do everything I can to force my way into the team.”

    ….oh dear.

  • chuck

    Aug 7, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Waste of space, is this what we have been reduced to.
    Bruce tipped him for an England role, yeah just before he dumped him on us.
    Not looking forward to this season !

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Aug 7, 2009 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #11

    I think he’ll be comfortable at this level and “determined” or not he’ll get a good run in the team as he’s the only bloody right back we have… So he should settle in and start showing the potential that saw him doing so well at Wigan (and he wasn’t bad there).

    By Christmas he’ll either be playing brilliantly, or will have no excuse. We shall see.

    As for the game tomorrow, we’ve got a good defence (until it’s further asset-stripped by Ashley), a strong midfield (if Barton can stay on the pitch), but a somewhat subdued strikeforce. If we can shove a goal or two over the line (the question being, who will score them), we could hold them for the win..?


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