Steven Taylor – This Is The Lowest Point Of My Career

It’s not only the fans that are struggling with the current predicament the Newcastle club finds itself in.


Steven Taylor – can’t believe the goings on at Newcastle during the summer

But it seems the players are also in amazement at the goings on, and Steven Taylor for one cannot beleive that Alan Shearer has not yet been appointed manager on Tyneside.

Taylor told the Newcastle Journal today:

“He spoke to us when he left at the end of the season and said he will be back and would do it his way,”

“I guarantee, if he was still manager now, all our big players would still be here. Alan Shearer commands that much respect and he would take us straight back up.”

“I have so much respect for him. Whatever he says you do it. If you weren’t in the team you wouldn’t kick up a fuss with Alan Shearer. He has that kind of aura. This club needs someone likes that who cares about the team and understands the fans.”

“Everyone thought he would be back in place at the start of the summer. It might take a couple of weeks, but Alan would be the manager. Alan, or any manager, needs the backing of the chairman.”

“If we are to move on and move up to the next step we have got to give him that. I thought Alan would be named as manager and everything would be sorted.”

But Newcastle have to unload some players to cut the wage bill, and it just seems a pity that Newcastle have now lost two of their best players in Bassong and Beye, two players who Alan would have wanted to keep on Tyneside, if he had been offered the manager position, which now seems highly unlikely.

Taylor is still only 23 and the defender will be a vital figure as a leader of the team this season, if Newcastle are to have any chance of promotion.

But that is now looking less and less likely as we have no idea right now what our squad will even look like in September.

Steven continued:

“It has been a very long summer. It has been the lowest point in my career and I have not been able to go away and enjoy myself because every day you are reminded about what has happened.”

“That is what it is like living in a football-mad city like Newcastle . We keep hearing it is going to get better and the chairman is going to sell up. He cares about the football club.”

“I just want it to be over as quickly as possible because it is a nightmare.”  “It feels like us against the world right now,”  “The lads have had more bonding sessions this summer to try and gel as a team and that includes the young lads.”

“Sometimes I never saw any of my team-mates apart from when we played on a Saturday or at the training ground and that can’t continue. Now we go in an hour before training. There are no big ‘I ams’ now because we are Championship players. You can’t say anything else.”

“It was too boring last season. The place just felt dead.” “There was nothing in the players until we realised we could be going down. We can not make that mistake again.”

“We always thought it would be alright on the day, but it is never alright on the day. It needs to get sorted. The players have to do it themselves because nobody else is in the dressing room. We have to help ourselves.”

“As players we are sick of being reminded every day that we are a relegated club. We can’t wait for the season to start because then we can begin the fight back.”

Quite honestly it’s a long time since we on the blog have been so concerned about our club.

We just don’t know what’s going to happen in the next week, and unless we get into the transfer market soon we will have a squad that’s completely unequipped to deal with the rigors of the Championship.

And to have Mike Ashley stay another year would be almost unbearable at this point.

We have to hope that at least we can get a win at WBA today to lighten the mood a little. Then we can take it from there.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • simon376

    Aug 8, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Good to see a player who cares and wants to give his all. Stands out a mile from whqt he and others have said about the changes Shearer made when he came in, just a shame Ashley doesn’t listen.

    The other thing is, when you see a player who does care so much and wears the shirt with so much pride, why isn’t he the skipper. How an Smih be given that job who really shouldn’t be on the pitch and will no doubt pick up a yellow today and serve his first ban by the end of the month?

  • JakartaDean

    Aug 8, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Seems like the dressing atmosphere was just poison last year, even if Steven isn’t quite up front about saying that. I’d expect that getting rid of some of the whiners and being relegated, would put a stop to that, but who knows?

    I’m also worried / disappointed that Alan S couldn’t do nowt about it in 8 weeks. Either he isn’t quite the man-manager we all hoped, or the atmosphere was that bad.

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Aug 8, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Some positives:

    West Brom have not beaten Newcastle in 15 league games since a 2-1 win at the Hawthorns on Boxing Day 1984 (D5, L10).

    West Brom have lost their opening match in each of the last two league seasons.

  • nufcc

    Aug 8, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #5

    Jakarta, even KK took some games to get the lads going.

  • magforlife

    Aug 8, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #6

    What does Taylors interview do the credibility of JFK and his coaching team?
    It does answer many questions and explains the rubbish performances last season in particular, Shearer did lift them initially but the bad habits were too deep rooted to sort out in that short period.
    It will be interesting to see if the “stars”? that have left actually improve the team spirit.

  • simon376

    Aug 8, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #7


    Spot on there. At the end of the day, it was JFK who took us down. I know he was the one who came in when nobody else would (though who knows how many were asked) but 4 wins in about 26 games says it all. As I’ve said a number of times on here, I would rather have had Gulit back then him and thats saying something

  • Bill F

    Aug 8, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #8

    Stick with us Stevie for even more of the same under the present setup.
    Still you never know we do (still) have a decent squad as we step back onto the Great Toon Rollercoaster.

  • magforlife

    Aug 8, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #9

    simon376 – last season i had the impression that the majority of players didnt give a toss and Taylor confirmed this saying they could just do as they pleased and everyone was bored?
    All the cry offs with niggles would never have been allowed under a proper manager with our three star forwards looking the most guilty.
    Proper snouts in the trough job with king grunter, race horse trainer and now prospective England star MO the worst offender.

  • chuck

    Aug 8, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #10

    C`mon, leave it out , how was it JFK`s fault ?
    The man came in and did his best to resuscitate a
    team that no one else would touch with a bargepole and had it not been for his medical problem, may very well have kept us up.
    His record was way better than the messiahs KK & AS, so get it right eh !
    Granted he would not be most peoples choice for manager, but give the guy some credit.
    How come you did`nt mention KK`s early string of losses or AS`s one win in eight, guess that really had no effect on our being relegated.
    So please put your brain in gear before you comment.

  • Chris G

    Aug 8, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #11

    I notice that Steven’s comments have also been quoted by George Caulkin in today’s Times –


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