Former Newcastle United defender Ryan Taylor opened up after his release from the North East club, when he appeared on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT.
Taylor was infamously told that he was being released by former manager John Carver, in a phone call which also involved another ex-player in Jonas Gutierrez.
He’s described the incident as ‘disappointing’ and ‘strange’ and suggests that Mike Ashley is still the man pulling the strings at the club, despite stepping down from the club’s board, as covered by the Daily Record.
“It was disappointing because I had six great years there and the club looked after me so well even when I was injured,” he told talkSPORT.
“I hadn’t spoken to anyone and it was just a bit strange – It’s really all down to personnel. The hierarchy at Newcastle is run by Mr Ashley and it’s his way or that’s it and that’s how it finished for me.”
A disappointing decision
While there may be merit in the decision to move on from the time that Taylor was a Newcastle player, the way the incident was handled did not cover the club in glory.
Taylor didn’t deserve to be treated in the way he was and released in the manner that the club chose, but Steve McClaren will stress a clean slate and an opportunity for someone else coming into the squad.
Newcastle are a club that suffered a great deal of adversity on and off the pitch last season and they missed a chance to act in a professional manner with a situation which is common at all football clubs.
Time to move on
Newcastle will move on and hopefully Taylor won’t have any problems finding a new football club.
The club need to try and find a higher calibre of player that takes the team forward and hopefully they will learn a small lesson from the way this incident was handled.