Ryan Taylor has (I think…) been trying to rally the fans and players ahead of Sunday’s relegation decider.

The Newcastle player who is currently being used as a holding midfielder, has also tried to convince that this team is different to the one that went down in 2009.

Taylor says that United ‘need a lot of characters’ but just like in 2009, I can’t imagine who fits that description right now.

Ryan Taylor:

“The good thing for us is we’re at home, I remember watching the game at Villa Park, I was on the bench that day, and we really lacked a lot of things that day.

“We have got to make sure that that doesn’t happen again. We can’t do what we did then, we’ve got to put things right and just have a buzz around the stadium next week.  We need a lot of characters.”

John Carver’s been around:

“You look back now, nine defeats out of ten. I don’t care who you are, it does shatter your confidence.

“John’s been around the game for a lot of time. It’s not that he doesn’t have the experience. Yes, it’s a big job, but it’s down to the players.”


“We were unlucky to have those injuries but we still had a lot of quality in the squad and we just haven’t done it.

“We will have chats this week and I’m sure John will be putting his message across that if you don’t want to be under that much pressure, come and see me, but that’s the type of guy he is. I’m sure the lads will respond.”

How can you say that (‘..sure the lads will respond’ ) after one point out of thirty and only two wins in nineteen games under John Carver?

The words are just worthless and in fact the one thing we can be sure about is that they WON’T respond in any uplifting way. If they were going to respond then why haven’t they done that over the last five months?

Not sure as well what exactly will happen if these players go to John Carver and say they don’t want to be under the pressure…

Maybe the most telling fact when comparing that 2009 relegation team and the current one, is that whilst Ryan Taylor could only make the bench on that relegation day six years ago, today he is first choice in an unaccustomed midfield holding role after two serious operations.

Also, Ryan Taylor is now sadly in a position of getting stick off the fans as he struggles to do his job in that midfield.

He does his best but his place in the team symbolises any number of players who simply aren’t good enough for the Premier League and the massive problems Newcastle United face, whether they cling onto their Premier League place or not.

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