Defender is a key figure in the new sensation of Newcastle United for the determination and union, after years of struggle and despair
In a dark corner of an elegant hotel in Newcastle, on a sunny afternoon on the dock on the contrary, Steven Taylor has the names aloud. It uses seven fingers and thumbs of the two to accompany his singing calm of nine directors who played for Newcastle United.
Taylor starts with respect, naming the Geordie icon who chose to debut with the first team in black and white jersey of his hometown team in March 2004. And then the other eight names are in a constant procession: "Sir Bobby Robson ... ... ... Glenn Roeder Graeme Souness Kevin Keegan, Sam Allardyce, ... ... ... Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer. Chris Hughton .. Alan Pardew ... ... "
Taylor muttered spell ends with a smile defenseless. "Incredible, is not it?" he said, how each name evokes a little glory or infamy Newcastle, chaos or dissent, until Pardew London earlier events led the club to its strong current position.
Newcastle, who face the Spurs at home on Sunday afternoon, are unbeaten after seven games in the Premier League. Despite being dismissed as a decline of likely candidates, was fourth in the table after the results of Saturday, with performances by Taylor in the center of Newcastle one of the main reasons they have the best defensive record in the league this season.
"There is a huge difference," Taylor said of life under Pardew, "and the main factors are the determination and team spirit. In the past, they were too divided and the acceptance of defeat. We lost some great people in summer - Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique, Joey Barton and -. We are a small team, but now the players now have the actual speed and quality and we join
"In our last game, away from wolves, who won [2-1] and it was, because now we have a never die attitude. Towards the end, you could see our players not to do anything to keep the ball outside the network. Last season, we would have lost this match because they have that determination. "The
Taylor age 25, born in London, but belongs to a family of Geordies who returned to the north like a baby. He lived most of his life in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, Newcastle and the links are very deep. Taylor used to see their heroes at the end of Leazes St James' Park - who signed for the club's academy at the age of nine. In his time as the first team member, has witnessed anarchy and conflict, despair and decline.
Taylor was in the area in 2005, when his teammates Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer were sent to fight each other in a 3-0 defeat at Aston Villa. He also saw many presidents to ridicule themselves and spinning club. "It was a massive kick in the teeth when we got relegated [May 2009]. It really hurt people and that is why I would never leave the club after. I wanted to return to the Premier League. And that's where the change began with the fall -.... We have developed a winning mentality in the league and has ceased to be negative this same mentality we now believe we can beat anyone in the Premier League "
The salary cap that Mike Ashley, the owner is fun, requires a combination Pardew meant imaginative exploration and simple collage transformed the once moribund atmosphere. Graham Carr, the Chief Scout, recruited seven French players - Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Tioté Sheikh, Mehdi Abeid and Demba Ba, Senegal striker born in Paris - that creativity and enthusiasm to add a team so far dominated by high-income veterans.
"I talk to Graham a lot," said Taylor. "It's not as funny as his son [the comedian Alan Carr]. Graham cracks a few jokes, but they are a bit old. But he has a great knowledge of football. "Taylor
gala recognizes the contribution, while stressing that the ability to Pardew mixed gel together a team has been instrumental in the success of Newcastle. "I focus on my Spanish these days," he jokes out of respect for his captain and fellow central defender Fabricio Coloccini. Understanding between the International and Newcastle Geordie giving Argentina a strength that has led that 'allowed four goals in seven games. "Foreman me Collo and work together in training and I know enough Spanish to say" go. "Collo But English is excellent, so I'll stay with that.
"The French boys are entitled to the jokes and the union team, the old man has done for us. They loved it. However, Sheikh Tioté, an absolute animal in the field, is like a little girl of paintball. It seems that he could run through a brick wall, but he hit the paintball and it's as if you were fired. All I could hear shouting Tioté. Then we all went to dinner and had a laugh. This would never have happened a few seasons ago. We socialize and have a good time now. This is what we need to keep tight as a unit. "of Premier League footballers pleasant as you can deliver and if this revelation gives the impression that the Newcastle team was joined by mercenary motives, it is surprising to hear him speak of premium for a more broadly. "You know," he says, "When I was young, it was good for me to go on loan to Wycombe. Sir Bobby came to me [in December 2003] and said, "Tony Adams was on the phone a few times and want to borrow" I said, 'Tony Adams is my idol and if the administration -. I would be surprising. "
of Adams Taylor is bound in his veneration for the former Arsenal defender. Even as a child delirious with happiness at seeing Mr. Keegan Newcastle team of the decade of 1990, his admiration was reserved for Adams and the Arsenal back four. "I liked to see them. They were so good at their job and did well as a unit. At Newcastle, we have the best defensive record, but there is nothing like the Arsenal back four years. But we are entering a new era bombers much slower. I really can not play like Arsenal did then. "