Bruce Could Be Returning To Newcastle – Mr Versatility Fit Again


With Newcastle going two weeks before their next week there was very little news coming out about Newcastle last week.

Ryan Taylor – important player at Newcastle

You may have noticed that – we did.

But hopefully with the lads all back in training today things will pick up, and Alan Pardew will be preparing the lads for the home game against Wolves on Saturday.

And from the news reports it seems that Steve Bruce is the favorite to take over from the sacked Mick McCarthy as manager at Wolves, although the Wolves fans don’t seem too happy with another Sunderland failed manager, as they put it.

And Steve certainly didn’t have too much success against Newcastle with Sunderland, but with Alan Curbishley dropping out over the weekend,  it seems Bruce could be appointed the Wolves manager this week, and his first game will be against his home town club Newcastle.

Newcastle must be in with a very good chance to get the double over Wolves on Saturday, if they can play anywhere near their best.

One of the Newcastle players who will be returning to training today after his ankle injury is Ryan Taylor, and it’s one of the stories of the season that the Liverpudlian has become an important player for Newcastle.

This is what the 27 year-old had to say:

“It’s nice to be missed,” “On a personal note, I feel like this season I’ve been able to get a good run going and that’s what I’ve needed.”

“I’ve needed to try and establish myself, and to do that you need a run in the team. The gaffer has shown a lot of faith in me and when I’ve been playing I’ve tried to repay him with the effort and work I’ve put in for him.”

“I don’t think I’m ever going to shake off that versatility tag,” “I did try! But I don’t think it’s ever going to happen.” “When I’m called upon, I’ll always give everything I’ve got.”

“It’s nice to be in that fairly unique position of being able to play in a lot of different roles.” “Sometimes it works in your favour, sometimes it doesn’t. There’s obviously certain players who can’t play in different positions.”

“Demba Ba is a striker and a striker only, Colo is a centre-half, he’s never going to play on the wing.” “Playing left-back, it sort of helps you as a right midfielder, because you know what a left-back hates so that’s what you try to do.”

“Hopefully, that works in your favor.”

Newcastle have all their players back except Steven Taylor and Sylvain Marveaux, who are both probably out for the season, so Alan Pardew will be able to play a strong side against Wolves, and we need all 3 points on Saturday to keep the side in the top six.

And with Arsenal at Tottenham and Liverpool taking on Cardiff City in the Carling Cup final at Wembley, Newcastle could be up to at least 5th place in the league with a win, which could see us go above Arsenal in the league table.

Howay The Lads!!



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16 comments so far

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Feb 20, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Steve Bruce should retire and get himself a season ticket at St James’ for next season…..Enjoy life son you did well.

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  • Benton Toon Exile

    Feb 20, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #2

    Wolves could do a lot worse than Clarky.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 20, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #3

    well Mr versatility would not get in My team. okay player

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  • Eastander

    Feb 20, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #4

    People who have been linked with this job like Bruce, like Curbishly, they’re all alright ish managers, never ever going to get you anywhere.

    As Benton said if they gave someone like Clarke a chance he has the potential to develop them and take them on a bit, no-one knows what he’s capable of in the Premiership and to be fair it cant get much worse, give him an initial contract to the end of the season and a permanent deal on the basis he keeps them up

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  • Lee Dodd

    Feb 20, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #5

    Ryan Taylor has been Awsome This Season for our Beloved Newcastle United. Give Him a New 4 year contract !!!!! As for Steve Bruce It will be good to see him again getting a battering
    Once More 5-0 I think this time for Steve Boy !!!!!

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  • MrToon

    Feb 20, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #6

    Thats why you’ll only ever have a fantasy team indian.

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  • toonincheek

    Feb 20, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Ed – Sneaky headline. Like it.

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  • jayphoto

    Feb 20, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #8

    taylor would get into my team! he wouldn’t have 6 months ago, but hes consistantly a 7/10 player, never a 9 or 10 but rarely 3 or 4! You need consistantly solid players!

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  • Rumsfeld

    Feb 20, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #9

    All our players back? I think you’re missing one of the most important, Ed

    Maradonna good, Pele better, Leon Best

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Feb 20, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #10

    We should beat the Wolves on Sat!

    More satisfaction would be for me if we could get the three points against the Mackems the sunday after!
    Especially coz they will be cocky after having beaten Arsenal yesterday in the Cup!
    The Game against the Mackems will not be easy and undoubtably has more of a charged atmosphere.
    Hoping Cabaye does,nt do anything stupid again! against Wolves!

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Feb 20, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #11

    As for Bruce ! “who cares!”

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 20, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #12

    …and MRTOON it is the reason why you should only ever have a fantasy team!

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  • estechco

    Feb 20, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #13

    Ed: Overuse of the word “week” in the first sentence? 5/10 could do better ;o)

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  • Jamie McKellar

    Feb 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #14

    does anyone else think that we could spank wolves for 6?
    just me?

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  • max

    Feb 20, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #15

    just hoping we will win

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  • arctoa

    Feb 21, 2012 at 5:31 AM

    Comment #16

    Wolves have missed a trick with Curbishley, he single-handedly kept Charlton in the Premiership much like O’Neill did with Leicester a few years back.

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