Ryan Taylor: Relegation allowed Newcastle to dump dead wood

Ryan Taylor says relegation did Newcastle United the world of good.

The 26-year-old says that such fierce ambition among the club’s fringe stars will prove crucial to the club ­staying up – and might just set an example for today’s mega-money opponents.

Taylor said: “You are always going to have happy and unhappy ­faces at a football club, that comes naturally – I’m sure if you look at Man City, there will be people in the same boat as some of us.

“What matters is how ­everybody still works ­together – and that’s a big factor for us.

“We all want to play in the Premier League, but in a way going down did the world of good for our club.

“It got rid of a lot of players who showed their true colours and didn’t want to be here – and the people who stayed pulled together.

“The team spirit we have got at our place now is ­probably the best I have ever been involved in.

“Even though I’ve not been playing I still look forward to going in to ­training.

“The ones who are in the team are always up – it’s the same at every club – but here the ones who aren’t playing are still mixing in.

“You’ve got me, Alan Smith, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi, and there’s a few coming back from injury too like Leon Best and Danny Simpson... and Sol Campbell is itching to play as well.

“People will show a bit of frustration at times, but we need to keep that ­character and team spirit in the dressing room.”

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