Ryan Taylor and Danny Guthrie launched a series of free football Fun Days for local children in Newcastle yesterday.
Danny Guthrie and Ryan Taylor at the Newburn Leisure Center
The two Newcastle players visited 50 young players, who turned up for the free football program at the Newburn Leisure Center, which is during the half-term holiday for the school kids.
Danny spoke about hoping to keep his place in the Newcastle side to face Wolves a week come Saturday, and Ryan Taylor has spoken of Newcastle still being high up in the league table.
We are still in 6th place a clear 3 points ahead of Liverpool, and this is not the time for doom and gloom, even though we were hammered 5-0 in London last Saturday.
Ryan should be fit to resume his place in the Newcastle side, and we think he will be played out on the right wing against Wolves.
Ryan Taylor was upbeat about Newcastle:
“Our aim now is to stay in that top six.” “We’ll be living a dream if we can get in those Champions League spots, but I think now with the position we’ve put ourselves in, Europe is the target and anything else is a bonus.”
“We’re that close to the Champions League spots but there’s 13 games left and we’re going to be playing teams who are fighting for their lives and others who are fighting for the title, so no game from now until the end of the season is going to be easy.”
“I know Wolves are having a bad season now but we played them early on and to go there and beat them 2-1 was a big result for us because they’d started well,”
“I remember that day well. We had to stick in there because they threw everything at us.” “I know they scored late on and they had a goal disallowed which did or didn’t cross the line through Kevin Doyle.”
“We’re going to expect another tough game, especially with a new manager. It’s going to be like QPR all over again – they’re going to want to impress and do well because they’re fighting a dogfight.”
“I’m hoping to be back training on Monday and play in the Wolves game,” “But I’ve got to take each game as it comes. It’s not nice to be injured but you can’t rush these things.”
Newcastle were very lucky to come away with all 3 points in that game after being 2-0 up at half time, but as often happens, Wolves came storming back in that second half.
Wolves fired their manager Mick McCarthy on Monday, following their 5-1 hammering at home on Sunday to WBA, and it seems there are three managers on the current short-list – Steve Bruce, Alan Curbishley and Neil Warnock.
And Wolves have said there will be a new manager in place for their next game at Newcastle.
Steve Bruce and Neil Warnock have already been fired by their former clubs Sunderland and QPR this season, and Alan Curbishley is said to be interested in the Wolves job.
It will be a similar situation to when Newcastle played QPR last month, when it was new manager Mark Hughes’ first game in charge of QPR, and we managed to win that one 1-0.
And another win against Wolves is what we are looking for in the game that follows the thrashing we took at White Hart Lane last Saturday.
Newcastle are still very well placed in the league, and a win could even see us move up to 4th in the league table, if Arsenal cannot beat Spurs at the Emirates, and if Chelsea cannot beat Bolton at Stamford Bridge.
That would be terrific, and there’s no doubt that if Newcastle can go on a decent run in their last 13 games of the season, it’s not impossible for us to even end up in 4th place.
But we’ll be happy enough to end up in the top six, although somehow it would be good if we can still somehow qualify for Europe next season.
But it’s certainly not the time for any doom and gloom at Newcastle at the moment – in fact the opposite is true – and we could still shock a lot of people in where we can end up in the league table.