Taylor: ‘Miserable’ Gurney is not the future of darts!

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Phil Taylor gave a brutally honest assessment of World Grand Prix champion Daryl Gurney in an interview with Sky Sports on Thursday evening, as the pair prepare to clash in the Grand Slam quarter-finals on Saturday evening.

Taylor sealed his spot in the last eight with a comprehensive 10-4 win over Darren Webster; averaging 101.04, landing six maximums and converting 53% of his attempts at a double. Gurney was equally dominant in his 10-2 victory over James Wade; averaging 94.62 and piling in seven maximums to continue his dream Grand Slam debut.

However, when Taylor was asked by Sky Sports’ Laura Woods if Gurney was the future of darts, the 16-time world champion pulled no punches. “To be honest, no. Not really, no, no, no, no, no. Person wise; great. Love Daryl Gurney as a person; watching him on TV? No, not for me,” Taylor claimed.

The Northern Irishman, currently ranked fourth in the world, is renowned for his intense on-stage demeanour, which was evidenced throughout his march to glory at last month’s World Grand Prix, but Taylor insisted that ‘Super-Chin’ needed to cheer up.

Taylor said: “Cheer up, smile, stop being so miserable. Listen, as a person you can’t beat him, but up there he looks like the world’s on his shoulders and it doesn’t have to be. He’s a good player. Enjoy yourself; he’s on a lot of money.

“Listen, I won’t pull any punches with Daryl. He needs to cheer up and act himself, because that is not Daryl Gurney up there, trust me. Ask Wayne Mardle, ask Eric, ask Rory, ask John McDonald. Daryl Gurney is not that person that you see up on stage.

“He’s a better dart player than that, believe it or not. He is; a lot better dart player. Could he be world champion? Yes, but put a smile on your face and do it with a big smile. He better get ready; he won’t be smiling on Saturday trust me,” Taylor quipped.

‘The Power’ also switched his focus to world number one Michael van Gerwen, admitting he wished he was younger so he could give the Dutchman ‘a caning!’ The pair have been embroiled in an intriguing rivalry over the years, but Taylor has enjoyed the better of their recent meetings- winning six of his last eight clashes against ‘Mighty Mike’.

The 57-year-old added: “I wish I was younger though, so I could give Michael van Gerwen a caning. Trust me! I wish I could honestly; I would love to have a battle with him. I had Dennis {Priestley}, I had Barney, but I can’t do it as much now. I can still beat him, because I know how to beat him. 

“I’m going to spend time with Corey Cadby. I call him Corey Cadbury because he eats a lot of chocolate. I’m going to spend a lot of time with him and I’m going to learn him how to beat Michael, trust me.”

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