Taylor admits darts is in need of more rivalries

Taylor has called for more rivalries in the sport (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Phil Taylor believes darts is lacking enough major rivalries, with the exception of Gary Anderson and Daryl Gurney.

The 16-time World Champion was at the centre of a number of box office battles during his illustrious career, including his era-defining rivalries with Eric Bristow, Dennis Priestley, John Part and Raymond van Barneveld.

Taylor, who retired from professional competition in January, says the sport is crying out for more big rivalries in order to capture a wider audience.

"One hundred per cent it is," Taylor told Live Darts. "I think you need that.

"My two main rivals were Barney and Dennis Priestley.

"There were players who would turn to wind you up, Peter Manley would always try to wind me up and get on my nerves with it.

"I think the only rivalry you've got at the moment is Daryl Gurney v Gary Anderson and next time they play each other, the viewing figures will be massive.

"You're always falling out with people, like Gary and Daryl, but the week after it's forgotten with.

"They're too busy to be worrying about these things but when you're living with somebody, you're always going to have an argument."

Taylor was embroiled in a fascinating rivalry with emerging force Michael van Gerwen during the latter stages of his career and was often outspoken in his criticism of the Dutch superstar.

But 'The Power', who continues to compete against the sport's current elite on the exhibition circuit, believes feuds are a regular part of working life.

"Life isn't like that where you just get on every day," he added.

"It's all an act, you've got to be nice because you see the fella the next day but deep down you want to ring his neck.

"But that's just life and it's the same for everybody, even when you work in a factory."

The 58-year-old also had his say on the hot topic of who the 'best player in the world' is at present, and admits he struggles to split Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson.

"I think it's 50/50 in fairness," offered Taylor.

"I don't think anybody is going to rule it now but Gary and Peter [Wright] are probably the only two who can keep up with Michael."



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