Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has revealed the club's off-the-field problems have brought the players closer together.

Several of Taylor's colleagues have revealed their misgivings over the club's ownership saga and their lack of a permanent manager but the 23-year-old insists the adversity into which the Magpies have been plunged since relegation from the Barclays Premier League has simply served to forge a tighter bond between the players who remain on the books.

"After the Shamrock Rovers game, they [the players] were asked these questions, and people might think that's what the fans want to hear," said Taylor.

"But it isn't because they don't realise what it's like. Dublin was the best thing that's happened to Newcastle United this pre-season. It's the best thing we could have done.

"We had to stick together. All these training sessions, I know they have been tight and close together, but we are not complaining.

"We have got no moaning any more. In the Premier League, maybe for some players it was a bit easy-going, but it's been difficult, it's more strict and people are realising that.

"The fans at this moment probably think the club is a shambles and the players haven't got a clue what is going on. They probably think we are fighting in training.

"But with us, it is completely different and I just wish they could even spend one day just looking at the training ground and the way we are going on with each other.

"It's a much better team-bonding."

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