Steven Taylor has been interviewed today, and the local lad has told how the Newcastle squad is very much together and that they go out together, and of course Fabricio Coloccini had the first team squad over for dinner at his place in May, and there were some great photos coming out of that night in May – one is shown below.
Colo and friends at party in captain’s house in May
There was a report in the Daily Telegraph when things were at their lowest in April, saying there was some friction in the squad, especially with the many French players – but that article has been discredited a number of times, and we suppose the Telegraph reporters are still banned from St. James’ Park for writing that stuff.
There’s nothing like putting the boot in when you are down.
Stephen Taylor had this to say in the local papers today:
“We have nights where we play pool together or go to each other’s houses. We sit and have food together and watch games on TV when we aren’t playing.” “There is always something like paint-balling or bowling.”
“It is good having nights like that because it brings the squad together.” “It is always good for the banter.” “We also go out for meals. At the end of the night we stick our credit cards in a bucket then pull them out one by one.”
“Whoever comes out last has to pay for the whole night.” (editor’s note – they can afford it) . “It’s all part of the banter.” “I am in charge of the music on a match day.” “I always ask the lads who they want to listen to.”
“We have a good little mixture. Pitbull and David Guetta are very popular.” “A few of the French boys have tried to take charge but they get knocked off straight away!” “They have to remember they are in Newcastle!” “We have lads who enjoy each other’s company and a bit of banter as well.”
“We always play pranks on each other in the dressing room.” “I think you need that to brighten up the atmosphere.” “You can’t always just have a serious head on, you have to try to make things different.”
“That’s what we do at Newcastle.”
When the new players come in this summer, good ones we hope, it will be important to quickly get them into the swing of things at Newcastle, but it seems from what Steven is saying, that the team spirit is still strong at Newcastle.
That’s very good to hear.
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