Steven Taylor has told the Chronicle that Rafael Benitez has put a fear factor into Newcastle United training.
Taylor was released by the Magpies, after being deemed surplus to requirements by the Spanish boss.
Taylor has been at Newcastle for the entirety of his professional career, but he will now have to look elsewhere for employment.
The 30-year-old centre-back does not appear to hold any resentment towards Benitez, though, and he insists that he has been very impressed by the Spanish boss’s training methods.
“He’s got the fear factor of his office there – you put your head down going past, and you don’t have any joking on,” Taylor said.
“It’s very serious work down at the training ground, very professional.
“He wants the best, he has high standards.
“He’s worked at top clubs and he knows what works.”
Taylor broke into Newcastle’s first-team back in 2003, and he has remained in their senior squad ever since.
The experienced defender has dropped out of favour at St. James’ Park more recently, and he has struggled to hold down a first-team place.
Taylor has suffered with a series of injuries which have blocked his progress with the Tynesiders.
Since being released by Newcastle, Taylor has been linked with the likes of Rangers and Celtic - as he contemplates his next move.