Former Newcastle defender Steven Taylor is now looking for another club, having been transfer listed by Peterborough.
Some mischievous people have suggested that maybe Sunderland should make a move…
The Mackems are set to play Peterborough this season in League One but now in the balance whether Taylor will be involved.
The centre-back says that Newcastle was still the first result he looked out for last season, then the second one being Sunderland…
Steven Taylor was always keen to wind up Sunderland fans ahead of the derby matches and that was fine when Newcastle had the upper hand – but as things fell flat under Pardew, so did Taylor’s attempts at humour.
Speaking at the St James Park showing of the new Sir Bobby Robson film documentary, Taylor paid Rafa Benitez the biggest tribute, saying Rafa is ‘the closest thing to him now.’
Steven Taylor adding: ‘Everybody loves Rafa and when you see what he’s done this year, it’s been amazing.’
Certainly can’t disagree with Taylor on this one.
Steven Taylor speaking to NUFC TV:
“Keeping big players happy is a gift.
“Sir Bobby certainly had that and Rafa’s got that too.
“There were a lot of players in the squad when I was coming through who would be very angry after training or games at not playing. They’d be on the phone to their agents.
“Then they’d go into Bobby Robson’s office and when they came out, they’d have their arm around him giving him a cuddle!
“That’s the kind of guy that he was. You can have as many badges as you want but you need that man-management, and the ability to deal with different personalities of the squad.
“I think that’s the biggest thing for managers – dealing with individual players. Everybody’s different, everybody needs a bit of loving, and it’s how you go about doing that.
“We had some special nights under Sir Bobby, and the closest thing to him is Rafa now.
“I think it’s the way he goes about his business, the way he is around the whole area and the feel good factor around the city now.
“Everybody loves Rafa and when you see what he’s done this year, it’s been amazing.
“After every game with Peterborough, I’d put the TV on Sky Sports to see what the results were; the first team I look for is Newcastle, the second one I look for is Sunderland…
“The lads at Peterborough know what I’m all about.
“We often talk about the good times at Newcastle and Europe, and under Sir Bobby – an absolute legend. We always talk about the old-school days, but I kept a close eye on how they did last season.
“The priority was to avoid relegation and they did that – and towards the end of the season, they finished very strongly.”