Chair­man’s turned

Midweek Sport - - TV GUIDE - By PHIL DOYLE

NEW­CAS­TLE de­fender Steven Tay­lor last night praised supremo Derek Llam­bias for al­low­ing boss Alan Pardew and his play­ers to get on with their jobs.

Llam­bias and club owner Mike Ash­ley have in­curred the wrath of large sec­tions of the Toon Army for much of their time at the St James’ Park helm.

There was also a wran­gle over bonus pay­ments last sea­son and the high-pro­file de­par­tures this sum­mer of Kevin Nolan, Jose En­rique and Joey Bar­ton.

But the bonus is­sue has been re­solved and a grow­ing sense of unity has seen the Mag­pies rocket to fourth in the Premier League.

Cen­tre-back Tay­lor, whose form has been a key fac­tor in an un­beaten eight-game run, ex­plained: “Last sea­son, we 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 and he was great with us.

“He sat us down and gave the lads their bonuses for this sea­son straight away.

“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.”

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