Steven Taylor has come out today in praise of Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.
This shot was taken the day Alan joined the club last December
Stephen was persuaded, fairly quickly, by new manager Alan Pardew, to sign his new five and a half year deal, after Steven had been in constant and frustrating negotiations with Newcastle for over a year on his new contract.
Stephen seems very happy with Alan at the club, and is impressed with the hi-tech stuff the Londoner is employing on Tyneside.
And with local Newcastle coach John Carver now Pardew’s Assistant Manager for the next five years or so, Taylor seems to be really happy with things right now at the club.
This is what Stephen, the former England U21 captain, told the Evening Chronicle today:
“The future is bright under Alan Pardew, and I have the best years of my career still in front of me – and I want them to be here.”
“I want to play the next five and a half years here and then hopefully the rest of my career after that.” “That’s all I have ever wanted.”
“We’re doing the right things and looking to play the right type of football.”
“It’s the best feeling ever.” “The new gaffer came in and everything was sorted.” “I’m all set up now and excited about the future.”
“That is my main focus now. I’m concentrated on the long term.”
And while the lads played very well last Saturday against Bolton, they were a shade unlucky not to get the win after another brave performance when they were reduced to 10 men, after the returning Ryan Taylor was sent off in the second half.
But Stephen is now looking for all 3 points against Everton on Saturday, as he continued:
“That’s what we want. The main thing is we’re playing well and we have put some good results together.”
“We had a hard-fought win against Birmingham and those are the teams we should be beating.” “Anybody below us or around us we’re looking for a big result.”
“We want to get a bit of a gap going.” “We’ve got some big games coming up here and this isn’t an easy place to come still.”
We don’t know where the team will end up in the Premier League come the end of May, but all Newcastle need to do is to take each game as it comes, and try to win every single one of them.
And that seems just exactly what Alan Pardew and the lads will do.