Steven  Taylor is champing at the bit to get back into action but unlike some of our past ‘heroes’, he is filling in some of his out of action time with work for a very good cause, when he hosts ‘Ten Years with Tayls’ at Kingston Park on Thursday 3 May to raise money for the RVI Children’s Cancer Unit. For more information or tickets call  0191 214 55 88

In advance of the event, Taylor has done an excellent interview with The Independent  where amongst other things he talks about each of the nine managers in (only!) ten years he has played under at St.James’ Park.

Apart from clearly wanting to keep his future options open by making sure he doesn’t fall out with anybody….it makes great reading.

Sir Bobby Robson “He was a legend. He gave me my chance”.

Graeme Souness “He just questioned me over and over again about whether I wanted it or not. I wanted it”.

Sam Allardyce “He had a massive staff….His philosophy was about percentages”.

Kevin Keegan “He would put an arm around you and make you feel like a million dollars”.

Joe Kinnear  “I definitely had not experienced anything like him before”.

Alan Pardew “He’s big on his man-management and very good with the banter. He keeps everyone happy. There have been times when I’ve been angry with him and gone to see him and come out of his office laughing and all’s hunky dory. He’s proved everyone wrong who doubted his appointment”.

Nine managers in only ten years tells you all you need to need know as to why Newcastle have struggled to succeed in recent times, could Alan Pardew have the key to success?