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Steven Taylor – Don’t Believe Everything You’ve Read


One of the things that Chris Hughton was able to do last March was to quickly get over an altercation between Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor, and two days later had the lads win 1-0 in that vital game at Doncaster Rovers, and yes – Carroll scored a great winner after 59 minutes.

Steven Taylor– don’t believe everything you read

Such was the spirit in the side last season, and the ability of manager Chris Hughton to handle a crisis at the Newcastle club.

All kinds of rumors circulated about the altercation – and it wasn’t much really – just that Steven ended up with a broken jaw and Andy had both his hands bandaged – oh my goodness!

Steven talked about some of those rumors today:

“What I can say about it is ‘Don’t believe everything you’ve read and heard’,”“We have a fantastic team bond and everyone is happy. I’ve not got a problem with anyone at the football club.”

“People reading all of that stuff about me and Andy were probably amazed to see us standing together on the podium at the end of the season, but we’ve got a great understanding.”

“There’s a fantastic team spirit at Newcastle United and no one wants to put that under threat.”

That understanding is obviously when Andy throws the right hook, Steven ducks – something he obviously failed to do last March – hence the new understanding. 😀

Taylor came in for some criticism after that event, which was a bit of a surprise, and he did not address the rumours at the time, and of course says how easily Newcastle gained promotion after the late March incident.

Steven continued:

“There’s always rumours knocking about with this football club. I remember when I was younger it was Ronaldo and Rivaldo signing for Newcastle United,”

“The best thing is not to react to it and to just stick together. As a club we have been criticised in the past but as a football club now our attitude is to just keep quiet about it, let people write what they want to write and we’ll just get on with it.”

“It’s a successful strategy, as far as I’m concerned. Look where that got us last season.”

Taylor has been linked with a number of clubs this summer, as sports journalists made up their minds that one of the two local lads had to leave the club – but of course they will turn out to be incorrect on that score.

As we reported earlier this morning Taylor’s new contract is being negotiated on his behalf by his agent and he doesn’t seem too concerned about it, as he continued:

“There’s always things going on around contract negotiations. It’s all paper talk and you need to let things happen,”

“My agent Paul Stretford is taking care of things and my main focus is playing football for Newcastle United. That hasn’t changed.”

“I’m happy at Newcastle United – I’ve got another year left here and I just want to get back playing again.”

Steven is certainly looking forward to the new season, and after being out for 7 months with his knee injury he will look forward to a great upcoming season, which will certainly help the Newcastle side.

Steven continued:

“This is a new era for Newcastle United and I’m really, really looking forward to.” “I think we bounced back very well. We had a great season last year – unbeaten at home and made St James’ Park a fortress.”

“As players we’ve grown in confidence and I think we’ve learned from our mistakes during that season in the Championship.”

Steven’s right and all we have to do next season is show that same “never say die” spirit and we should do OK – in fact there’s a chance – a slight chance – that we’ll even do well – wouldn’t that be something!

Comments welcome.

Written from Plymouth, England.


122 comments so far

  • baro

    Jul 17, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #41

    At the starting of 2nd Half :

    Harper (Krul 46), Coloccini (S Taylor 46), Enrique (Ferguson 46), Nolan (Barton 46), Williamson (Perch 46), Lovenkrands (Best 46), Smith (Routledge 46), Carroll (Ranger 46), LuaLua (Vuckic 46), Inman (Guthrie 46), Tavernier (R Taylor 46).

    Subs – McLauhghlin, Henderson.

    Everybody besides McLaughlin and Henderson are subbed in. Including Haris Vuckic! 🙂 Also Shane Ferguson the youngster.

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  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Jul 17, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #42

    Howay the lads…

    Baro…where u get the news update soo fast..any link?

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  • baro

    Jul 17, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #43

    Looks like the Defense is very good. 3 man I believe R.Taylor, S.Taylor, J.Perch. Sounds like Perch is doing very good.

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  • baro

    Jul 17, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #44

    Ya Malaysia-Rashid

    The same one you posted earlier. I’ve been on it for a while now.

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  • baro

    Jul 17, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #45

    Nile Ranger scores!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Jul 17, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #46

    2-0!!!!!! NILE RANGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Routledge assist 😀

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  • newcastle10

    Jul 17, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #47

    2-0 newcastle

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  • baro

    Jul 17, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #48

    Another set up from Routledge. Step over after step over than provides Ranger and a goal by Ranger.

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  • baro

    Jul 17, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #49

    NUFC 2 – 0 Carlisle

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  • baro

    Jul 17, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #50

    Also Nile Rangers goal vs a backheel I believe.

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  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Jul 17, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #51

    nice work ranger, but awesome game by routlegde

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  • baro

    Jul 17, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #52

    Haris VUckic 3 -0 !!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Jul 17, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #53

    VUCKIC SCORES!!

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  • baro

    Jul 17, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #54

    Yes Haris Vuckic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • newcastle10

    Jul 17, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #55

    routlage wata player love him !!

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  • baro

    Jul 17, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #56

    He is just brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • baro

    Jul 17, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #57

    This time it was Leon Best assist. He has lots of time just lays it off and Vuckic smashes it home!!

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  • baro

    Jul 17, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #58

    Haris Vuckic almost scores again as goalkeeper saves it. 🙂

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  • smiley_nufc

    Jul 17, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #59

    Best – our surprise player for the new season lads?

    Got a feeling he might not be half as bad as he’s been made out to be…

    Give the lad a chance I say!

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  • newcastle10

    Jul 17, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #60

    vuckic wata finish !!

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  • baro

    Jul 17, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #61

    smiley_nufc

    I agree, 1 goal 1 assist is excellent. But, its against Carlisle

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  • smiley_nufc

    Jul 17, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #62

    Also – any further news on Gosling?

    Saw Hughton’s interview on SSN this morning, seems that what he might have been hinting at when he said: ‘There’s a few things im not obliged to say – said with a smile on his face!’

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  • smiley_nufc

    Jul 17, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #63

    True Baro – but goals breath confidence in strikers – regardless of the opponent..

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  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Jul 17, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #64

    Baro

    Its goal from vukic….HOWAY THE LADS

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  • baro

    Jul 17, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #65

    smiley_nufc

    I think the deals done but only if Everton fail appeal. If Everton fail appeal than Dan Gosling will be wearing the Black and White I think that is why he has to keep quiet.

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  • baro

    Jul 17, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #66

    Is Steven Taylor injured again? This time on the arm?

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  • baro

    Jul 17, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #67

    Full Time :

    Nufc 3 – 0 Carlisle

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  • Hugh G Hampton

    Jul 17, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #68

    We think that was a fantastic win today ad we think Haris vuckic will b some player.

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  • baro

    Jul 17, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #69

    Ya and having S.Taylor and new signing James Perch at Defense is wonderful in my opinion. Take Danny Simpson and Williamson out and put it like this:

    —————————–Krul————————

    J.Perch——S.Taylor———-Colo——Enrique

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Jul 17, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #70

    Tayls injured?

    http://www.shieldsgazette.com/sport/Best-on-target-for-Toon.6425754.jp

    Just saw the goals aswell, all 3 were fantastic!

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  • Toon1978

    Jul 17, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #71

    Turkish Magpie

    Have you the link for the goals??

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  • geordie_al

    Jul 17, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #72

    decent start to the pre season few goals and a clean sheet cant ask for more lets hope for more of the same at old trafford 🙂

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  • Thump

    Jul 17, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #73

    Am I the only one who read “My agent is Paul Stretford” as “My agent is Paul Stretford (please Arsenal, I know you need me)”?

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  • Thump

    Jul 17, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #74

    Aye, where’s the link for these goals, Turk?!

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  • lewman

    Jul 17, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #75

    taylor has a hand injury so i doubt we will be losing much sleep over that one

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  • baro

    Jul 17, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #76

    Does anybody have link for the goals?
    Turkish Magpie where did you see the goals?

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  • baro

    Jul 17, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #77

    Well 80 minutes gone and sunderland are still leveled at 0-0 with Darlington who we beat 7-0 last year. 🙂

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  • pearceet

    Jul 17, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #79

    The goals were on Sky sports news… I guess thats where Turkish Magpie saw them as well… neat finish from Ragner, excellent strike from vuckic and good finish from best… never thought id say that!!

    Any news on Gosling or any other transfer news?

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  • simon winham

    Jul 17, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #80

    Pleased 2 see Leon Best finally score Sol Campbell intresting Chris Hughton according Sky Sports News !!!

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