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Phil Taylor hits out at Daryl Gurney ahead of Grand Slam of Darts show-down

Taylor lays down the law to Gurney (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Phil Taylor believes Daryl Gurney needs to "cheer up" on the big stage and insists the Northern Irishman is not the future of the sport.

Six-time Grand Slam champion Taylor will take on Gurney in the Quarter-Finals at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Saturday and has been vocal in his criticism of Superchin's recent conduct on the oche.

Taylor has won all three previous meetings against the World Grand Prix champion and is out to remain on course for a crowning glory in his final campaign in the cross-code major.

When asked after his Second Round win over Darren Webster if he thought Gurney was the future of darts, Taylor replied: "Not really, no.

"I love Daryl as a person but watching him on TV, no, not for me.

"He's got to cheer up, smile and stop being so miserable.

"Up there he looks like the world's on his shoulders and it doesn't have to be because he's a good player."

The 16-time World Champion prevailed 10-7 in their most recent encounter at the German Masters last month and victory here could see him remain on a collision course with rival Michael van Gerwen in the Semi-Finals.
 
Taylor insists Gurney's ability remains unquestioned but believes the Derry darter should alter his demeanour in front of the television cameras.

"I won't pull any punches with Daryl, he's on a lot of money and he needs to cheer up," he added.

"Daryl is not the person you see up on stage.

"Could he be World Champion? Yes, but put a smile on your face.

"He better get ready, he won't be smiling on Saturday, trust me!"


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