We wonder just how much the side will miss Kevin Nolan next season.
Steven Taylor – we all need to be leaders now
And while we don’t think we’ll miss him too much because of his play on the pitch, even though he scored 30 goals in the last twos seasons for Newcastle, Kevin was a great leader and captain of the side.
Steven Taylor talked to the Journal about the fact that all our players now need to take responsibility for the team spirit next season:
“We need 11 players out there to be leaders.” “Colo is a fantastic guy and he can help us out and we can help him.”
“We will stick together and every game we go into we will be think about winning.”
“Colo is a player who can lead by example but everybody else will contribute, that’s the sort of spirit we need.”
Of course without the drive of Kevin Nolan at Newcastle, a number of fans are wondering how the team will fare next season, when push comes to shove in tight games.
The team spirit has been a huge plus for the side over the last couple of seasons, and we were never out of any game whatever the score-line – and the Newcastle vs Arsenal game in February was the best example of that.
Newcastle are now in Florida, and even though the heat spell has now moved east, Florida will still be a little cooler than Kansas City.
The constant breeze is also helpful to keep the temperatures down, with Florida being a peninsula.
Taylor talked about the near 100 degrees F heat that is hanging over a lot of America right now:
“The heat is unbelievable. But it is good for us at this stage of pre-season and we are training as much as we can.”
“Some of us will be having more pitch time than we thought. We will have to be playing 90 minutes but I think as each days go we get better.”
“It will put us in good stead to get as many minutes as possible and that’s what you want.”
“Every year the MLS teams get better. Kansas were very fit and the standard is good. The reason we’re here is to get that winning mentality.”
“These games in America are exciting. But the Premier League is where it is all at for us. We’re all just building to that game against Arsenal.”
It’s rarely that it gets above 95 degrees F in Florida, so it will be a little cooler for the lads, but not too much.
In Raleigh we were again 100 degrees F yesterday, and it’s forecast to be over 100 the next couple of days, so it’s almost the hottest time of the year.
It’s certainly a lot hotter than in Newcastle right now, where my wife is on vacation for the next couple of weeks, and she is enjoying the much cooler weather – if not the persistent rain.
I’m trying hard to get my health back on track and had the first meeting with the radiation specialist yesterday in Raleigh.
Oh well – at least the lads should have a nice sun tan when they get back.