Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Taylor Backs United Front; Collective Responsibility Will Help Captain Coloccini

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Taylor Backs United Front; Collective Responsibility Will Help Captain Coloccini

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Byline: Lee Ryder

STEVEN Taylor has revealed Newcastle United players will be expected to take collective responsibility this season with Fabricio Coloccini's appointment as captain signalling a new dawn at St James' Park.

Taylor was an outside bet to win the armband with the central defender very much the Magpies' most high-profile homegrown player these days.

However, Coloccini will lead United into the new campaign as the skipper and Taylor is fully behind the South American star.

He told The Journal from the team's downtown Kansas hotel: "We need 11 players out there to be leaders.

"Colo is a fantastic guy and he can help us out and we can help him.

"We will stick together and every game we go into we will be think about winning.

"Colo is a player who can lead by example but everybody else will contribute, that's the sort of spirit we need." United's players are beginning to acclimatise to the searing heat in the midwestern American state with temperatures exceeding the 100[bar]F mark yesterday ahead of their first tour game against Sporting Kansas City, which was due to kick off in the early hours of this morning UK time.

But despite criticism from former United defender Steve Howey, Taylor has poured scorn on his negativity that the trip was a "silly idea."

Taylor said: "The heat is unbelievable. But it is good for us at this stage of preseason and we are training as much as we can.

"Some of us will be having more pitch time than we thought. We will have to be playing 90 minutes but I think as each days go we get better.

"It will put us in good stead to get as many minutes as possible and that's what you want."

Alan Pardew's squad have been taken aback by the hospitality of the American public in Kansas and the players were also greatly impressed by the facilities at Sporting's Livestrong Park stadium on a visit to the $200million project on Tuesday. …

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