Player Fighting For His Career At Newcastle


Steven Taylor will likely be the one who drops down to the bench on Sunday against Aston Villa, if captain Fabricio Coloccini is fit to resume his place in central defense, after recovering for his knee injury.

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Steven Taylor – is his time up on Tyneside?

And that’s not good news for the lad from Whitley Bay, who started the season as first choice at center-back,  but was sent off just before half time in the first game of the season at Manchester City, when Newcastle were taken apart 4-0.

Steven couldn’t get his first team place back – with Mike Williamson coming in at half time of the game at Everton and playing very solidly alongside Coloccini.

And when Steven did get his chance after Fabricio was injured in the 1-0 defeat at West Brom, Newcastle have not fared well and Steven has not played particularly well either.

In the seven games Steven has played in we have lost five, including the third defeat  in a row to Sunderland, won one and drawn one and Newcastle have conceded 15 goals in those seven games.

That includes a massive 10 goals in the last three games , which have all been defeats.

I suddenly don’t feel very well. 😀

We’re not saying Steven is responsible for that poor record, but he hasn’t played well, and our record this year has been simply pathetic.

Steven signed a new five and a half year deal in late 2010, just after Alan Pardew took over from the sacked Chris Hughton, so that contract still has two and a half years to run, but If Coloccini does leave in the summer, Newcastle will have to bring in a top center-back.

And the club will have a decision to make, as to whether to cash in on the local lad, who made his debut as an 18 year-old back in 2004, under the great Bobby Robson.

Ever since Steven was injured in the January of our promotion season back in 2010,  it’s been one injury after another, and when he has had a spell in the first team, he has looked only ordinary.

What do you think?

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117 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 20, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #1

    When is the Villa game?

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  • mag

    Feb 20, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #2

    Sunday 1.30pm

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 20, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Thanx

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  • G

    Feb 20, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Sun lunchtime Jesper

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 20, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Can only hope so. I can’t believe pardew put him straight back in and broke up the Willo MYM partnership, since when we’ve lost 7 out of 9.

    All the chest thumping, badge kissing and ” I’m a geordie (when it suits me) ” in the world can’t mask his woeful positioning, decision making, chronic lack of pace and ability to turn slower than milk.

    First out the door hopefully in the summer with Pardew, Shola and Gosling following closely behind.

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  • mag

    Feb 20, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Saylor needs to be joined in the exodus by Pardew and at least ten others!

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  • AaranD

    Feb 20, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #7

    With all these reports knocking about, if we believe them we’ll have a new owner, new manager and coaches and pretty much a new squad… Oooh the joy of being a Newcastle United fan!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 20, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #8

    Mag

    I can only hope these reports of people cancelling season tickets are true as that is the one single thing that will concentrate Ash’s mind in to either selling up or appointing a proper premiership manager, D.O.F and creditable sponsor.

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 20, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #9

    but will we get a new bus

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  • mag

    Feb 20, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #10

    Rotonda the guy doesn’t fancy the challenge of making the club a force so it will limp along under the same business plan.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 20, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #11

    mag

    just got to pray he sells up then. carlos slim, ambani, the russian guy, the sultan of brunei where are you!!!!!!!!

    I tell you another year of ” trust me ” pardew, let alone 7 will have me on medication.

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  • mag

    Feb 20, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #12

    No one will buy him out he’s asking too much and he’s making too much where he is.

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 20, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #13

    listening to rafa benitez talking compared to parclue

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 20, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #14

    our luck we’ll get another steptoe

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  • mag

    Feb 20, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #15

    Tudor well steptoe dealt in other people’s rubbish.

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  • hitman

    Feb 20, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #16

    carnt see ashley going anywhere(not unless a big offer comes in or the fookas chopper crashes),he bought the club to advertise SD and its doing that with great effect.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 20, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #17

    Its the same catch 22.

    Most of us would take an upgraded manager, even people like me who dont think he is to blame for everything, and has his hands tied in some ways. The trouble is, common opinion and past evidence dictates that, under ashley, we will not get an upgrade. There is no one any better than pardew in the pot of managers ashley would pick from, most are worse imo. (There are better available, but they wont be in ashleys pot) I am basing this on what i have seen ashley do during his time at nufc, and i have no belief that he can or will change.

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 20, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #18

    you may be right mark so if we could remove ashley would a new owner see him as the right man for the job i dont think so

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 20, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #19

    In other words. The owner has to f#ck off first, then we can employ Pep G, Jose M or any other top european manager. Ashley will get Curbishley.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 20, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #20

    John

    Usually, a new owner likess to install his own choice asap. And if said new owner wanted to finance a CL competing squad, then he would have to have a CL manager. So i agree, he wont be up to the job.

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  • hitman

    Feb 20, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #21

    carnt see ashley going anywhere(not unless a big offer comes in or his chopper goes down with him in it)),he bought the club to advertise sd and its doing that with great effect.

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 20, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #22

    i think any manager is an upgrade pardew has so many chances without strings he is terrible here sam would have possibly took us to 5th even kinnear

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 20, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #23

    never mind we are stuck with what we have to the straw lands on the camels back

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  • Thump

    Feb 20, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #24

    @John Tudor: Nah, no bus. Just a barrow.

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 20, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #25

    well tds thats a very strong side for spurs who are looking to the pl as the prioity

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 20, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #26

    Yes I most agree Pardew is not to blame for the dross football he implemented!

    …how can we blame him!

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 20, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #27

    I think the likes of fat sam would have had us in a similar place, but the football word have been even worse. At least pardew sometimes gets them to pass and attack. 😀
    We just need a change from top to bottom.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 20, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #28

    Jesper.

    Sarcasm wont force me to change my opinion. I clearly said i dont think he is to blame for everything, i did not say he is not to blame for anything. He has to take responsibility too.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 20, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #29

    Mark…I have to be honest with you if I wasn’t a NUFC fan there was no way in hell I would would be watching this! and I am saying this with all due respect!

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 20, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #30

    Our football has gone to hell after xmas, no doubt.
    We did play some decent passing football before xmas, i am not the only one on here that sees that. It just wasnt consistent enough. The deteriation after xmas was down to many things, including pardew, but i cant see how underperforming players and owner sabotage can all be placed at his door.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 20, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #31

    Even before Christmas there was only one good half each games…this season looks alot like the one where we finished 5th!

    …alot of teams around us a witnessing bad form and we have gained from it. There has been some good games for sure, but shouldn’t we expect that or shoud be just be grateful?

    I don’t know who else you relly can blame or praise for the way we play? of course the players has to stand up and be counted for, but in the end they play accordingly to how Pardew instructs.

    We can blame Ashley for alot of things but nor the way we play

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 20, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #32

    …I am not going to kid myself about this Mark – it is just pointless. I have nothing personal invested in Pardew so couldn’t really care less if he walked or got the booth!

    Like I told TS I would prefer he walked because then all eyes would be on Mike, but Pardew is too big a coward to do that!

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 20, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #33

    Jesper.

    Pardew doea not tell them to be lazy, and he does not tell them to give the ball away. He does get far to cautios in second halves if we are winning, and often seems without a plan B if we are losing, but that is as much to do with the strength of our bench as well as tactics. He cant put game changers on if he doesnt have any. If the players can play well on his instructions for a half, i am sure they could keep it up for a full game.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 20, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #34

    …and i dont have any personal feelings about him either, he is simply not good enough for an ambitious club, but he is painfully ideal for a painfully run painfully mid table club like we are under ashley. If pardew goes first, it will be a worse appointment. Ashley HAS to go before we get an upgrade.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 20, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #35

    He’s as many say,not the best manager but he’s not the worst either.
    As said by others,Ashley’s pot of managers would probably include the like of
    Terry Venables
    Alan Curbishley
    Ray Wilkins
    Steve Mc Claren or the likes of Paul Jewel
    We get rid of Alan Pardew and we get some dinosaur.

    We get rid of Ashley and we get in someone like Cardiff”s Nutcase,seems like his money is doing great things for the club!!!
    The Cardiff fans are not happy,change the strip colour and all the strange things that guy has in his heed.
    I’m very surprised that an owner like Ashley doesn’t want somewhat happy fans and a team with good management that’s playing to its potential putting his teams name in the headlines.
    Such a shame we as fans didn’t get the backing together between us when it was just 80 million.

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  • jimmysmith

    Feb 20, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #36

    I wonder if a Ashley and Pardew are even on speaking terms anymore.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 20, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #37

    Mark…what ever makes you sleep at night mate!

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 20, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #38

    Marty

    thanks for that. That is exactly my point about ashleys manager pot. It looks more like a tatty-pot! (For those who are not from here, that is an oven cooked pot meal of mince covered with sliced potatoes)

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 20, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #39

    markakkus

    the trouble is if we are losing or chasing a game Pardew is more likely to put on a perch type to keep the score respectable rather than a marveaux who last season had as many assists as cabaye.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 20, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #40

    jimmysmith

    I’m sure they don’t. I think Ash is livid with llambias giving him an 8 year contract.

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