Ryan Taylor: Relegation allowed Newcastle to dump dead wood

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

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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