Print and go back ESPNsoccernet: England Soccernet Print

Friday, June 14, 2013
Toon have a happy squad, says Taylor

Kristan Heneage

Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has said the atmosphere in the Newcastle squad is harmonious, despite their Premier League struggles last season.

• Blog: Youth is key

Reports towards the end of the campaign had suggested there was division in the Magpies' ranks, but both the club and players were quick to deny those claims.

Taylor said the squad often socialised together, telling the Evening Chronicle: "We have nights where we play pool together or go to each other's houses.

"We have food together and watch games on TV. There is always something like paintballing or bowling. It is good having nights like that, because it brings the squad together."

Former England Under-21 international Taylor said he believed humour was vital in maintaining squad atmosphere, adding: "We have lads who enjoy each other's company and a bit of banter as well.

"We always play pranks on each other in the dressing room. I think you need that to brighten up the atmosphere.

"You can't always just have a serious head on - you have to try to make things different. That's what we do at Newcastle."

ESPNsoccernet: Help | Media Kit | Contact Us | Site Map | Tools | Jobs at ESPN | Supplier Information | Copyright ©2014 ESPN Internet Ventures.
Terms of Use (Updated 5/6/08), and Privacy Policy and Safety Information/Your California Privacy Rights are applicable to you. All rights reserved.