Coaching Staff And Manager Absolutely Spot-On At Newcastle


Steven Taylor has thankfully made a more than decent start to this season.

Steven Taylor – has had good start to the seaosn

And at least at the moment the 25 year-old is preferred to Mike Williamson as the central defensive partner to Newcastle’s new captain Fabricio Coloccini.

Mike Williamson is out injured at the moment, and when he broke his arm in training last May, Steven took full advantage of that opportunity,  and scored a goal in each of the last three games of the season, and the Greenwich-born youngster also played very well.

Last season was a nightmare for the 25 year-old local lad, and Steven’s now starting to show some of the form he was in while younger, when he captained the England U21 side, and we have to hope he comes through for Newcastle big time this season.

Steven admits he’s just happy to be playing regularly again:

“I’m just happy to be playing – the more games you play, the more confident you get,” “Last season was frustrating for me with the injuries.”

“I got a little run at the end of the season, but now I’ve had a few games in pre-season, we got a great result against Arsenal, Sunderland and Fulham, and we’re doing OK.”

“We’ve got to build on that now and keep it going.” “It’s down to a lot of hard work,”

“The coaching staff and manager have been absolutely spot-on.” “I’ve been working hard – that’s all I can do. I’ve got to keep going.”

We still think that when Mike Williamson is fully fit he will challenge strongly for Steven’s position.

But central defense has to be one of  Newcastle’s weak links  in the team,  because who comes in if  Coloccini, Taylor and Williamson get injured?

With Hungarian Tamas Kadar seemingly missing his chance at Newcastle, the club may have to sign another experienced center-back in January.

If any of those three do get injured,  Newcastle may have to play youngsters James Tavernier or Paul Dummett in there, and we wonder if new lad Davide Santon can play in central defense?

For the record Steven Taylor has played 197 times for Newcastle, since making he debut back in 2004 under then manager Bobby Robson, and he’s scored 13 goals.

What do you think about the central defense strength at Newcastle?

Comments welcome.



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51 comments so far

  • CaptainGeordie

    Sep 8, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #1

    He has been our shining light so far,He has improved so much from last season. Great Stuff Saylor,keep it coming.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Sep 8, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #2

    him and collo both have been good.

    I noticed NUFC’s preformance picked up when he came on against scunthorpe.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Sep 8, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #3

    What the f my comments are not showing

    Comment from Ed – because you used the F word ….

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  • Klatoon

    Sep 8, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #4

    If given time,Colo and Saylor can form a solid pairing. I liked Colo-Willo because of Williamson’s aerial strength but Collo has improved his strength in the air. Santon is also solid in the air so Simmo is the only weak link ATM . The free headers Murphy and Dempsey(2) won were at the back-post as Simmo failed to anticipate the deep crosses.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Sep 8, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #5

    why are my comments not showing

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  • JAMSHA

    Sep 8, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #6

    I love dis guy. :-)S.Taylor For england soon

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  • CaptainGeordie

    Sep 8, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #7

    What did you say,Indian ?. LOL

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  • JAMSHA

    Sep 8, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #8

    Microsoft Windows version of FIFA 12 will have the same engine, features, and competitions as the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions. 🙂 cnt wait to get dis game

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  • CaptainGeordie

    Sep 8, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #9

    Microsoft ? EA Sports are doing it.

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  • John

    Sep 8, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #10

    I have been saying that for months, Bassong was availible can play CB and LB, Ridgewell was availible so was Dann for 5mill he was a snip yet wer left short.

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  • toontime

    Sep 8, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #11

    Does anyone know when Alan Pardew’s press conference is today??

    I’m waiting with baited breath!?!?!?

    As for Taylor, I think he is beginning to show us what he has always been capable of without the strutting round the pitch like he owned it! A big part of our season will rely on him and Colo and them both keeping fit. Another big issue is that Santon must fit into the back four easily as it is so important that they work as a unit!

    I’m going for a 2-1 Toon victory on Monday night. I think Ba will get the winner in the last 10 mins!

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  • Scottiedog

    Sep 8, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #12

    I really cannot understand how Chris Smalling gets an England start ahead of Saylor??????????/

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  • CaptainGeordie

    Sep 8, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #13

    Lets be honest,Why would we take Bassong back ? He left us when we need him the most ? We’re better without ex players coming back !.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Sep 8, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #14

    Well they were not showing up earlier, i typed the name of scunny just in full.

    Fabio capello is a joke of a manager,
    he only picks players from top clubs, eg downing last year he was at villa did not get picked now he does. cleverly.
    Also what he said abt barton was totally un professional

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  • CaptainGeordie

    Sep 8, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #15

    Indian it may be totally unprofessional but total correct,the man is a loose cannon ! I will booing him on Monday ! Disrespect the club and Disrespect the fans.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Sep 8, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #16

    who will be the next NUFC player to play for england.

    Sammy A

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  • Klatoon

    Sep 8, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #17

    Would like Marveaux to get some minutes at QPR. Luke Young will be there for the taking after Jonas running him down for 70 minutes,Marveaux’s direct style will be too much for him.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Sep 8, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #18

    Captain geordie

    well if i was an england football team aspirant i would be very disappointed if someone said that abt me.

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  • CaptainGeordie

    Sep 8, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #19

    I like your thinking Klatoon,I would love to see Marveaux get some game time against QPR on Monday,Howay the lads.

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  • Penalty-Spot

    Sep 8, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #20

    Taylor @9

    Good question though I doubt he’ll say much other than the norm. Actually it could be what he doesn’t say that’s more revealing. Wonder if he’ll mention Barton?

    Wonder if Barton will kick-off with anyone on Monday?

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  • CaptainGeordie

    Sep 8, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #21

    Indian,the truth hurts but must be said ! Joey Barton will never play for England again,He has chosen the thug life like our friends Ranger and Carroll.

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  • Premiership Manager

    Sep 8, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #22

    Taylor is a class player and I firmly believe that the spell we had in the championship has helped the defenders gel by giving them an extended period playing together and as a result Colo, Enrique and Taylor have become better players.

    Bassong on a free would be a very good move for the club. He’s still only 25, (most defenders don’t reach their peak until 26-28), and is still a very good player who would cause healthy competion for a place in the back four.

    I’d also like to see Taylor have a spell at right back as he’s good going forward and IMO better than Simpson.

    Although Simpson has his knockers he’s not as bad as some would make out and at 24 will become a better player as he gains experience.

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  • HK Toon Army

    Sep 8, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #23

    Off the topic. With Davide here and Ryan’s right foot is on fire (as right back), we will not see Simpson next Monday against QPR. Agree?

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  • Stuart

    Sep 8, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #24

    Thats what I’d like to see HK but AP will probably stick with Simpson.

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  • CaptainGeordie

    Sep 8, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #25

    AP doesn’t like to change his team up,I think we will see Simpson on the right unless Pardew isn’t happy with his behaviour on deadline day,who knows !.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Sep 8, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #26

    i cannot see santon starting on monday.

    pardew will stick to a winning combo, that means loven will start

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  • Kazenga

    Sep 8, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #27

    I firmly belive Raylor should start ahead of Simmo for th Rb spot on monday due to recent form

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  • Penalty-Spot

    Sep 8, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #28

    @21 yeh I agree

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  • HK Toon Army

    Sep 8, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #29

    Simpson is a natural right back but cannot attack. I prefer Ryan as we aim to win QPR, a team should be under us in the table.

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  • Kazenga

    Sep 8, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #30

    I reckon if Ba plays he’ll score since now Ramadan is over we should start seeing him and Tiote vastly improve

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  • CaptainGeordie

    Sep 8, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #31

    Off Topic, Just seen Mike Ashley is selling the toon tops for a 5 less,Rage to say the less.

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  • Penalty-Spot

    Sep 8, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #32

    Indian Magpie – Surely not Loverman to start. Start with your strongest team. Davide has just come through a full international. Chuck him in I reckon? Hope so anyway

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  • magpiebop

    Sep 8, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #33

    @21 agree

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  • OttersPocket

    Sep 8, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #34

    Santon will def start, dont think Lov will, will be either Ba or an extra man in middle

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  • AshtreeKid

    Sep 8, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #35

    KRUL
    SIMPSON
    SANTON
    TAYLOR
    COLOCCINI
    OBERTAN
    JONAS
    TAYLOR
    TIOTE
    CABAYE
    BEST

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  • Penalty-Spot

    Sep 8, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #36

    KRUL
    RAYLORTAYLOR
    COLO
    OBERTAN
    JONAS
    TIOTE
    CABAYE
    BA
    BEST

    But personally would prefer Sameobie in for Ba.

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  • OttersPocket

    Sep 8, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #37

    Krul,Raylor,Santon,Tiote,Saylor,Colo,Obertan,Cabaye,Best,Marv/Ba/Gos,Jonas.
    Elliott,Ferguson,Simpson,Guthrie,Sammy,Marv/Ba/Gos

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Sep 8, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #38

    Afternoon people,does anyone know the name of the player we’ve got on trial who scored 2 goals in the reserves for us yesterday?

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  • Penalty-Spot

    Sep 8, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #39

    Missed out Santon in mi back 4!!! THAT is why I’m not a football manager.

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  • OttersPocket

    Sep 8, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #40

    MrMojoRisin76

    He scored 1 Guthrie and Richardson got the others, but apparently he is 15 from Portugal but looks alot older.
    Ranger gave Bramble and turner a torrid time and apparently Perch played quite well.

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