DEFENDER Steven Taylor hopes Alan Pardew’s democratic approach to team tactics will help Newcastle United get something from their clash with Manchester City on Saturday.
He says constant nagging from perfectionist Pardew is helping take both him and his team-mates to new heights.
Taylor has been an ever-present in the club’s 11-game unbeaten start to the Premier League season which has propelled them to third in the table.
He credits Pardew’s openness with his squad for helping to out-think the opposition.
“The manager does something a bit different,” said Taylor.
“If we train on the Friday before the game on a Saturday, we have a meeting. He writes the team up on the board and asks the players ‘How are we going to beat the opposition?’
“He’s basically getting the information from the players – not telling us to do this, this and this. He’s asking us as players how we’re going to do it.
“So it’s collective thoughts from players.
“Obviously on the training pitch he drills into the back four constantly, all the time hammering away at us that he wants perfection.
“That’s what he is, he’s a perfectionist. He’s very clued up on his stats, and we have people behind the scenes involved with the ProZone stats, and that’s very useful.
“Then you can hear him all the time on the pitch – he’s always nagging at me!”
As well as trying to please Pardew, Taylor says Newcastle’s fine start to the campaign is down to proving wrong those who wrote them off during the summer.
He added: “I think it’s surprised everybody. A lot of people before the start of the season were writing us off, expecting us to be involved in the relegation battle.
“We’ve just got to keep enjoying our football and go to Manchester City full of confidence and enjoy it.
“They’ve been in fantastic form this season. The players they’ve got are world class players and on their day they will beat anybody.”