On the eve of Newcastle’s final pre season friendly, Steven Taylor has declared that the club have got ‘happy fans’ once again.

I can already imagine some of the comments that will now appear, with Taylor as usual setting himself up for a pasting from his ‘fanclub’.

The defender says that pre season is just all about ‘getting minutes (on the pitch) in the bank’, which is of course one of the main objectives.

Steven Taylor speaking to the Chronicle:

“We have got happy fans again, it is good to see them smiling and cheering, feeling excited again.

“The lads have had great support on pre season and when we’ve went over to the fans in pre season, it wasn’t just a quick clap, it was really good.”

It’s all the lads care about:

“Getting minutes in the bank is all the lads care about.

“We have had Sheffield United, York and the game against Gladbach to finish off.”

Results are of course not important in themselves and it is all about what happens when United kick-off against Southampton in eight days time BUT…

Whilst three defeats and a draw from six matches against some pretty poor opposition doesn’t equal pressing the panic button, the actual performances have been rubbish to average at best.


Ironically, it is Steven Taylor’s own area of the pitch which is giving most concern and no wonder the club have fast-tracked Chancel Mbemba so he can play today against Borussia Monchengladbach.

The thought of starting the season with Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor will give many fans sleepless nights, their appalling defending against League One Sheffield United wasn’t pleasant viewing.

Steven Taylor is correct up to a point but the ‘happy fans’ simply equates to optimism generated by the fact that we hopefully have a Head Coach in Steve McClaren who can bond with fans in a way that Pardew and Carver never did.

Whilst most importantly, supporters are encouraged by the signings of Mitrovic, Mbemba and Wijnaldum, believing/hoping that Mike Ashley has now realised that trying to survive whilst spending as little as possible, isn’t a credible plan any more in a Premier League where every club will spend big on signings.

Newcastle face by far their stiffest challenge pre season today against a team who finished third in the Bundesliga and will be playing Champions League football this coming season.

We all hope there will be plenty of ‘happy fans’ at 5pm today after watching the new look Newcastle United.