Steve Clarke comes back to Newcastle today, after being Assistant Manager to Ruud Gullit 14 years ago, and then being caretaker boos once Ruud was fired about a year later, until Bobby Robson arrived to manage Newcastle in 1999.
Steven Taylor – tough game today
And Steve stayed on at Newcastle for a while under Bobby Robson, but it was before a certain Steven Taylor started to show through at Newcastle under Bobby Robson, which was early in 2004 when Steven had just turned 18 years old.
Steven Taylor was asked about Clarke on Newcastle’s web-site:
“He was just before my time but I’ve got a lot of respect for the guy.” “I’ve spoken to him a good few times and he’s done a magnificent job there. He’s got the players hard to beat.”
“They are very hard to beat and I think they’ve started like we did last year, so it is going to be hard.” “They’re going to try to get a full house here and hopefully that’ll help us.”
“West Brom are doing very well this season. They’ve started very well and they’ve got some great players so it’s going to be a really hard game for us.”
Steven Taylor was injured in January of 2010 when Roberto Di Matteo was the West Brom manager, and we were fighting it out for promotion with the Baggies, but Steven suffered a knee injury in a tackle with Roman Bednar, which unfortunately ended the season for Steven.
The Greenwich-born center-back remembers that incident well:
“It was a bad one but for me that’s put behind me now,” “The good thing is I’m getting my fitness again and I’ve started the season feeling in good form.”
“I’ll try and continue that against West Brom if selected but we’ve got loads of games coming thick and fast, European games as well, so there’s going to be a lot of squad rotation.”
“We’ll just have to see what the manager does but I think Thursday night’s performance will give the manager a headache.”
And Newcastle are doing all they can to get a sold-out crowd at today’s game, and on Friday the club announced a special ticket offer for the game, with prices as little as £5 in level 7 of the Sir John Hall stand.
The powers that be at Newcastle have realized that a full crowd at St. James’ Park is a huge advantage for our players, and they take in the extra cash too – so it’s a win-win on those two fronts.
And of course it’s the first Premier League game since the stadium reverted back to officially being called St. James’ Park, so a full house would be appropriate.
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