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Pre-Season So Much Harder But Everyone Is In Top Shape

10:03 am, Friday, July 19th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 27 Comments

Steven Taylor has given a good interview in the Evening Chronicle today, and he says the training is very tough in the bright sunshine and heat of Portugal.

Steven Taylor

Steven Taylor – much harder then last year

When Alan Pardew returned for pre-season, and finally broke his summer silence after Joe Kinnear had been appointed, he said he had planned this pre-season to be the toughest the players will have had under him, in fact the toughest pre-season he has conducted in his 14 year management career.

And certainly on Tuesday night, the Newcastle players looked extremely sharp for what was the very first game of pre-season – but it’s only one game.

And Steven rightly says  the players all have to prove themselves all over again next season, after the club was let down last season, and after finishing 5th top, we finished 5th bottom and were fighting against the unimaginable – relegation.

This is what Steven said today:

“Pre-season’s definitely harder than last year.” “We’re doing plenty of running. I’m enjoying it as well.” “After a difficult year, we want to hit the ground running in the Premier League and prove ourselves again.”

“Everyone’s going to watching us very closely after last year. We need a big season from everyone.” “The good thing is that everyone wants to prove themselves.”
“No one is dropping out of sessions when they’re feeling a bit tight.”

“They’re completing it. You can rest up afterwards.” “The discipline’s been spot on. A few things have changed, and the lads have bought into it.” “Hopefully, we’ll take that into the games.”

“Sometimes one or two might come back overweight but that hasn’t happened.” “Football has changed massively, and you’ve got to keep yourself ticking over, and have a good diet.”

“The good thing is that everyone’s kept themselves in good condition.” “With six weeks off, the players can only relax for a couple of weeks. You’ve got to spend the rest of the time keeping fit. Everyone’s come back in top shape.”

One thing that Alan Pardew wanted this season was a lot more competition for places, and he has got that with the five new Frenchmen brought in, and Steven himself will face competition at center-back from French International Yanga-Mbiwa and Mike Williamson, if Mike is still at Newcastle come September.

And Steven will be trying to keep himself fit this season, because since January of our promotion year in 2010,  he’s pickled up a number of serious injuries.

Hopefully hiring performance director Faye Downey as a fitness consultant will help with that, and according to the Evening Chronicle Faye is out in Portugal working  with the players – so that’s good to hear.

If  our players are super-fit next season, maybe we can run the other sides off their feet – now there’s a nice thought. 😀

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Tags: Fitness · Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa · Mike Williamson · Newcastle News · Other News · Pre-season

27 responses so far ↓

  • 1 viv // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    They used to be in good shape when Paul Winsper, trained them.

  • 2 rainrix // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:10 AM


  • 3 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    He seems to have had three main injuries, not sure what they all were though. He did his metatarsal last season, and missed a bit of the season.

    I’m not sure which part of that has relevance to career stats? Or his stats over 3 seasons at Toulouse. i would never use YouTube to judge a player.

    I haven’t seen him much, odd bits when I have watched French football, and odd European games, but judging from those, his career goals record, and the comments from Marseille fans, I’d say a big no thanks. Not too mention he was quoted earlier on in the summer saying he would be at a bigger club then us.

  • 4 Bring Back Laurent Robert // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    I notice how Pardew is emphasising Vuckic’ need for ‘power and energy’ (code for becoming more physical and running himself into the ground). When will he realise some players have a different nature and style, expending their energy in different way, like trying to be creative? Don’t see Jol telling Berbatov he needs more ‘power and energy’ and I’m sure Wenger never had that issue with Bergkamp.

  • 5 John Tudor // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    spot on lilo
    we as fans judging our players is no different if someone takes a fancy to them.

  • 6 jeff // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    pardew more like pardwho RIGHT

  • 7 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:15 AM


    Why all this talk about players like Rhodes and Austin? Just because they’re English and scored a few goals in the championship, doesn’t mean that we should spend millions on either of them. Rhodes is 23 and Austin is 24 – still young, but not exactly an 18 year old wonderkid that the CL teams would like but we can offer more first team football (like Moses, Bale).

    Bent is far and away a better striker than either of those two at the moment. If Rhodes is so good, then why did he move to championship Blackburn last Summer? Austin moved to championship Burnley 2 years ago at the same age (22) and is now being linked to Hull.

    Come on…I’m not saying that neither player will ever be good enough, but there’s no way that we know more than the scouts on this.

    Surely we set our sights higher than a championship striker?

    If the club do end up signing one of them, then presumably they can see the potential and please ignore all of the above… 🙂

  • 8 John Tudor // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    so does all the fitness training out way the technical side of the training or are they receiving more time for both

  • 9 jeff // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    jail for ashley. your a disgrace to the club

  • 10 jazzyp // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    morning all-well done ed for finally having a say on the constant bickering on here, but regarding religion you should not really have bought the cisse-wonga debate to the site if truth be told !!.
    on other matters I do not believe for one minute gignac is our answer to the cf crisis we have at present. gignac is not a prolific striker by any stretch of the imagination and would still be priced at around the 10 mill mark.on top of that he’s already stated that he would not come here as he is looking for a bigger club.

  • 11 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Austin only moved into league football, he has had a pretty rapid ascent and a good grounding. Rhodes has been superb for the last 3/4 years. Darren Bent is declining and has been nowhere near his earlier form at Sunderland and previous since joining Villa.

    You say you wouldn’t want a Championship striker, and only Hull are after Austin. We are the only club after Bent, and he is also now no better than a championship striker.

  • 12 roblee7 // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Bit ironic coming from steven taylor about healthy diets. Took my lass to the pictures a couple of years and who did we see sttuggling his way into the cinema with a huge coke, the biggest thing of popcorn known to man, as well as nachos and a bag of sweets??? Our very own…it looked hilarious and he’s got a massive lass notices this of course, not me 🙂

  • 13 Slank // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:22 AM


    Reference your post about players like Rhodes and Austin and just because they’re English and scored a few goals in the championship.

    It wasn’t so long ago that there were howls of protest and the usual lack of ambition by the owner on this blog about missing out on wonder kid Connor Wickham.

    Well he didn’t exactly light up Sunderland let alone the premiership last season. He might still come good but it is a salutary lesson in buying youth and/or wonder kids from lower leagues I guess.

  • 14 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    only moved into league football 4/5 years ago that is meant to say.

  • 15 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Slight difference between a teenager that wasn’t a regular starter for Ipswich and 2 lads who have been prolific for the past 3/4 years….

  • 16 jazzyp // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    im sorry everybody is there no way that idiots who spoil this blog can be blocked for spouting crap like @9.
    ed has bought this to our attention already this morning and obviously this has proven to be futile to certain people on here.

  • 17 Slank // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:25 AM


    He’s probably now switched from meat pies to quorn.

  • 18 G // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    @16, ignore him, he’s trolling for attention. Everybody else does.

  • 19 John Tudor // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    i’m sure his butt is massive it goes a long way to help ball strike and running p.s.
    did you have a torch

  • 20 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:27 AM


    I’m not saying that I don’t want a championship striker, I’m saying I don’t understand why so many fans seem desperate for us to sign up one of these two. How would they react if we signed a 24 year old from the French second division for £8-10M?

    As for Bent…well we don’t really know do we? Lambert obviously didn’t fancy him for some reason or another, and that could be just playing style of personality. It seems to me that he couldn’t play Benteke and Bent with the way he wanted to play, so he played Benteke and the style was leant toward a player like Benteke. Bent should fit into our style more as he’s more similar to Cisse.

  • 21 Slank // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Lilongwe Geordie

    True, but why hasn’t anybody been in for them in the last 3/4 years?

  • 22 roblee7 // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    JT – Haha, no we were at the ice cream stand n had the honour of following him in…he was really struggling with it all

  • 23 plana // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    I feel rather optimistic for the coming season. If we can source a few decent players and keep the ones we already have. Then who knows things may workout well.

  • 24 1alanshearer // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:39 AM


    Why is ashley a disgrace?

  • 25 asig01 // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:08 AM


  • 26 fat spuggy // Jul 19, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Forget Charlie Austin (Burnley). Failed medical at Hull on his knees. And they bought Jimmy “No Knees” Bullard for £4m so Austin must be bad.

    Rhodes was only signed from Huddersfield for £8m because they had a nutty Chairman who knows nowt sbout football or how to deal with people. Sound familiar ? Rhodes will do well at Celtic, say no more.

  • 27 Spotlight Kid // Jul 19, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    No matter how hard / thorough the pre-season conditioning, we all know Tayls will still be unavailable for 50% of the subsequent games. He’s an injury-prone waste of a squad number & nowhere near as useful as Perchinho, even when fit – yet somehow pre-destined to be another permanent fixture / encumbrance until premature retirement.

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