Date: 25th May 2009 at 4:51pm
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As one of the local lads, there is the understanding that the likes of Steven Taylor, Andy Carroll and Steve Harper would feel the loss of top flight status far more than say Coloccini, Enrique and Barton. Speaking to the BBC, Steven Taylor described this, saying:

‘The dressing room was like a funeral afterwards. Everybody was devastated. It’s the worst feeling I’ve had as a professional footballer. It’s the worst day in our careers. I’ve got the European Championships with England Under-21s to focus on now. That’s all I can do but this is something I’ll never, ever forget.

The 3,000 Newcastle fans who came down to Villa Park are the reason you play. It’s got to be an honour to play for Newcastle United Football Club. I know there will be changes but I don’t know what’s going to happen. As players, we haven’t got a clue but I’d just ask the fans to stick with us next year.’