Taylor hails Toon harmony
Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor is glad that the senior club officials and the players have settled their differences.
Last Updated: 27/09/11 4:01pm
Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor is glad that the senior club officials and the players have settled their differences once and for all.
There was disquiet in the Magpies' dressing room last season because of differences over payment of bonuses, and that was followed by the departures of Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton during the summer transfer window.
Managing director Derek Llambias and owner Mike Ashley have been unpopular among the Newcastle fans for much of their tenure at the club, but the team's good run of results so far this season means that there is a sense of harmony at St James' Park.
Taylor is delighted that all differences have been sorted out and told the Journal: "Last season, you probably read the chairman and the players couldn't come to an agreement about bonuses.
"We had a bit of a divide between the chairman and the players last year. That doesn't help.
"At the start of this season, we sat down with the gaffer (Alan Pardew) and I think it's important that you have the chairman (Llambias) on your side.
"He was great with us, sat us down and gave the lads their bonuses for this season straight away.
"He has just kept himself to himself, hasn't bothered the players - [he] has let us concentrate on the pitch and let the gaffer do his job.
"That's what you want. It's been good for us this season."
Pardew's Newcastle are unbeaten in eight competitive games this season and are placed fourth in the Premier League after six rounds of matches with 12 points, four behind leaders Manchester United and Manchester City.