Steven Taylor injured his Achilles on New Years Day last season and was out for the rest of the season, and the Whitley Bay lad now goes into his last year of his contract at Newcastle.
This could be this final season on Tyneside, and there’s even a chance the 29 year-old could be sold later this summer, if the club manages to bring in two new center-backs.
Steven Taylor – in action last season
Taylor seems to have no doubt that things are changing big time under Steve McClaren at Newcastle, and Steve has brought in a very good coaching team too.
This is what Steven has said in the Chronicle today:
“I think this is the start of a new era.¨ “It’s a new style and everything we have done in the past will change.¨ “The gaffer started doing that in the first week.¨
“It’s been tough and a lot different to what we are used to.¨ “It used to be old school like ‘run, run, run’ – but now it has been different and all of the lads have bought into it.¨
“We have to get used to the heat and the games that come.” “When you look at the Premier League there are different styles of teams.¨
“This for us is getting us ready for the Southampton game.¨ “As a team you have to do whatever you have to do to make sure you are fit and ready for the first game of the season.¨
“Everything we are doing now is all designed around that. Every session.¨ “There is a philosophy behind it. The meetings we have are constantly drilling things into the lads.”
“To be fair we had to go back to a few basics.” “Last season wasn’t acceptable and we all know that.”
Yes we do.
McClaren has been impressive since he arrived at St. James Park, but he will be judged like any had coach on the results he can get for Newcastle next season – we hope they will be good ones.
Newcastle will play their first game of the tour and second pre-season game at Miller Park tonight against Club Atlas of Mexico – and it will be a tough game.