We All Need To Be Leaders Next Season

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.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Stuart

    Jul 22, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Just because Nolan’s gone doesnt mean the team won’t have any drive anymore.

    We still have experienced players in Barton, Harper, Colo etc and we have young players desperate to prove their worth such as tiote, gosling, abeid, ferguson etc.

    We’ll still be fighting the whole 90mins every match to get a result.

  • thai-mag

    Jul 22, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #2

    at least pardew will have his ready made excuse when we are hammerd by gooners, his players will be exhausted by the heat in usa, running on empty, heard that one a few times last season, even when we played less games than almost any other team last season

  • Stuart

    Jul 22, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #3

    thai-mag, have you ever posted a comment that wasnt ridiculously negative?

  • Lee Dodd

    Jul 22, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #4

    Last Season I Remember Joey Barton Tearing Into Nolan Big time so We have a Big Leader in Joey –Watch out Colo Joey wont Take any Crap !!!! Steven Taylor Will Also Step up to The Plate !!!!!!!!!

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 22, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #5

    We are not, and have never been a one man team.

    We did not loose our drive when Shearer left, so why would we for a scouser 2 season captain?

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 22, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #6


    I disagree with your negative comments, but, I do hate it when managers make excuses, why not just say ‘They are better than us’

  • deeeeeeano

    Jul 22, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #7

    Glad your getting back to good health ed, are you getting the missus to bring you some gregge pasties back? And some savaloys

  • GoalsBringSmiles

    Jul 22, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #9


    I would say that we have never actually succesfully replaced Alan Shearer given that since he retired we haven’t been anywhere near even a hint of glory. Of course no team is ever a one man team but it takes something away from the greatness of AS to say that we didn’t lose our drive for success when he left. Unless you can recall another player who has done the job since? Nolan is the only player who has come anywhere near Big Al’s consistent goal scoring and ability to lead the teams drive, not that I would take the comparison between the two any further than this however, the point is fans should be more grateful of KN’s services at this club and more to the point should be wondering who is going to replace his goals and influence on a consistent basis.

  • Expat MAG

    Jul 22, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #10

    Hi Ed, we trust the treatment is a success and you make a full recovery as you’re a great Ambassador for the North East; a true Geordie

    Keep up the fight bonny lad…..


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