Major Newcastle News Stories – 7th September – 2007

Surprising news of the day is that Steven Taylor has rejected a 5 year contract offer from the club. The contract included a 3 year option. Steven father Alf is acting as Steven’s agent and has rejected the offer out of hand.

We don’t think the club can win this one and the sooner it’s all sorted out – the better for everyone concerned. There’s no way we should be losing Steven Taylor over this.

We suggest the club work quickly in the next day or two to resolve this.


  • The big surprise for Newcastle fans this morning is that Steven Taylor has rejected a 5 year contract at Newcastle. The deal also included a 3 year option and his father, Alf Taylor, who is acting as Steven’s agent said the offer was totally unacceptable. That will come as a big surprise to Geordie fans and we don’t think the club can win this one. It’s really about time we respected the young local boys coming through the club. We also remember Steven telling the club not to mess around with him earlier in the summer – so there must have been some initial signs that the club were not going to offer what Steven wanted. Take a read of the article – we have some harsh things to say about how our local boys seem to be treated – compared with the “stars”. That must change.

    Steven Taylor – the club just cannot win this one

  • We quote Shay Given again today as he approached the Irish record for the most caps by a goalkeeper. Shay talks well of new manager Sam Allardyce and that he has good ideas about how to keep players fit and prevent them from getting injuries. Sam also has good ideas about how to best recover once the injury is sustained and Shay thinks this will all make the Newcastle squad both fitter and better players. Certainly he seems to like Sam so that confrontation we keep hearing about with his manager we think is pure paper talk.

    Shay Given – likes Sam Allardyce’s new training regime and ideas on preventing injuries

  • We quote Alan Shearer on what he thinks of Newcastle so far this season. Alan is glowing in his praise of Sam, the squad and particularly our new defense. He has good words to say about Claudio Cacapa, David Rozehnal and young Frenchman Charles N’Zogbia. He thinks all have looked the part so far this season. Alan is very much like the rest of us born and raised in Newcastle – a big fan of the club.

    Alan Shearer – which goal of his 206 for Newcastle was that one?

  • We have a preview of tomorrow’s England game against Israel in the 2008 European qualifications. Steve McClaren has a weakened team with many of our big players out injured – but this is no excuse for us not to win. We cannot hide the fact that we are not big fans of McClaren and didn’t think he should have ever been given the England job. We think it’s not a question of if he will be replaced – but when. A couple of bad results in the next week and that could happen sooner rather than later. But we obviously want England to win and it will be tragic id we cannot qualify for the finals next year. England lie 4th in Group E, three points adrift of Croatia and Israel and one behind Russia. We should be able to get 2 wins against Israel and Russia at Wembley and that’s what’s it going to take to get back on track for qualification. Michael Owen can be a big player for England in these 2 games, having shown some of his old goal-scoring prowess against Wigan on Sunday – go for it Michael.

    Michael Owen – can get goals for England at Wembley in next couple of games

  • We focus again on Charles N’Zogbia first call-up for the France Under-21 team. It certainly looks like the dispute with Le Havre over his transfer to Newcastle 3 years ago has cost Charles international honors. Charles think his former club have ensured he was never called up while they were still in dispute over his transfer. The dispute has lasted until July 18th of this year when it settled in the French club’s favor. That certainly gives some credence to Charles’ viewpoint. We think it’s very spiteful – but hopefully Charles will not hold any grudges and can go on to become full French international soon if he keeps up his great form of late.

    Charles N’Zogbia – penalized for his disputed transfer to Newcastle from Le Havre

  • We have 3 games in a short 6 days coming up. The middle game in midweek (Tuesday) is our Carling Cup Tie against Arsenal. How did we get into this situation? Well we discuss this in the article and also these games will give Sam an opportunity to use his full squad. It would be great to get 3 wins. The game at Arsenal must be to a result so extra time and penalties will be used if necessary. Those 6 days are going to be exciting times for Geordie fans.

    Sam Allardyce – gets chance to use his full squad with 3 games in 6 days later this month

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  • Finally here’s some choice football quotes. Today we have 4 from one of our readers whose pseudo name is nightfall. These are to lighten up the day – thanks nightfall 😀

    “I’d like to thank my parents, especially to my mom and dad.” – Slovenia’s Sebastian Cimerotic

    “This night was not my day.” – Albanian striker Kliton Bozgo after missing multiple chances in an evening game

    ““I went left and Stephane Hencoz also went left. Then I went right and so did he. Then I went left again, and he went for a hotdog.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    “Klinsman and I are a good trio, I mean quartet.” – Franz Walter Jr.

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24 comments so far

  • Mick G

    Sep 7, 2007 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Shearer praised Souness Roader and Dalglish,so it isn’t much of a surprise him praising BSA, Alan loved you as a player but for once in your life say something unpredictable

  • george t

    Sep 7, 2007 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Whoever is resposible for sorting out contracts at Newcastle get up off your ass and give young TAYLOR what he deserves. For the last couple of seasons he has stood out amongst those whose heart was really in the club, which were
    not many. He gives his all in every match and I feel it would be suicidal even criminal if the powers that be allowed him to move on from the club. I don’t believe that will happen but sort the matter NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Brian

    Sep 7, 2007 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #3

    I’m really surprised that Taylor is not being offered what he is worth, if we had to go out and buy a good young prospective England captain I’m sure it would cost the club millions. This is potentially a better player than John Terry and how much is he worth. Time to stop Pi$$ing around a pay him what hes worth.

  • Jerry

    Sep 7, 2007 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #4

    When John Terry was 21 Sir Bobby offered to buy him from Chelsea for £10m! Would anyone offer that kind of money for Taylor now?

    Taylor now is not as good as John Terry at 21 – lets get that one straight – and drop the hype. PLEASE.

  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 7, 2007 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #5

    Jerry – I don’t recall the fee for Terry being that high at 10M ? It was the early summer of 2003 as I recall – just before Abramovich took over.

  • Jerry

    Sep 7, 2007 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #6

    It certainly was that high – £10M, and Yes it was pre-Abramovich. Terry was at the time almost, if not on a par with Woodgate at the time in terms of ability. Terry was first choice centre back with Desailly at Chelsea at the time, if you recall.

  • SS

    Sep 7, 2007 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #7

    Ed – in your news roundup you missed this gem from the same source as the story of the massive rift between BSA and Given, journalist Bobby Ollox. Not strictly about Newcastle but worth a mention nevertheless.

    Sunderland officials are working with environmental scientists from nearby Roker University to reduce the clubs energy usage, writes our reporter Bobby Ollox.
    “In todays energy conscious world it is important to identify sustainable energy sources which dont damage the environment. For example we are installing devices which capture the energy from the high rotation speed of the Stadium of Light exit turnstiles. Unfortunately we havent yet been able to develop the technology to the point that it can cope with the power surge that builds up around 4:20 on a saturday afternoon. However harnessing the crowd noises and turning that sound energy into electricity has proved very succesful – we have been able to power a small light bulb for several minutes at a time – well once anyway” admitted a club official.

  • Rich

    Sep 7, 2007 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #8

    ED – I completely diagree, Taylors agent and father is being a complete muppet, for one you cannot compare Carragher & Gerrard with Taylor and secondly he should of kept this inside SJP not gone public.

    Hes obviously gone public to try and put pressure on the NUFC paymasters but this may only serve against Taylor.

    Dont get me wrong Taylor should stay but Alf Taylor has just made a big mistake IMO, especially comparing him to the likes of players in their prime who were established players in the Prem when Taylor was still at high school.

  • t-g-w

    Sep 7, 2007 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #9

    I need a couple of things cleared up if anyone has the answers (I’ve been away for 2 weeks!)… How much was Luque sold for? In the times it only said a deal had been agreed but there was no confirmation of it even going through. It was to Ajax yea?

    Secondly, I read on the BBC gossip column today that Man City are after Riquelme. However I read in the Times again that he was offered to West Ham, Tottenham and NEWCASTLE but joined Atletico Madrid (so I assume we all turned the offer down). Anyone heard anything about this?

  • JoshI

    Sep 7, 2007 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #10

    How good is Ben Arfa? Good enough for us?

  • ADAM

    Sep 7, 2007 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #11


  • JoshI

    Sep 7, 2007 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Or Jeremy Menez?… both 20.

  • Alex

    Sep 7, 2007 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #13

    lets hope that Taylor does not think that he is already a top international after one england squad call up .Very promising yes, top class not yet.Come on Steve dont get greedy.Sign on for another 5 years and Big Sam will turn you into a true world class defender.Then the big pay day will come.

  • Andreas

    Sep 7, 2007 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #14

    Well well, first and foremost I think Alf Taylor should have kept this issue out of the papers, since going off in the press certainly isn’t the best way to show ST’s “love for the club”.

    On topic:
    ST deserves a new contract and 25ish k/w (or on par with Zog/Milner) is reasonable, but more would be over the top for a player of his caliber (good but not great albeit with a lot of potential).

    People saying ST is the best English up and coming CB since…well…since the battle at Hastings…might have forgot a lad at Man C that I personally hold in way higher esteem than ST (not saying ST isn’t going to be great but he certainly isn’t “unique”).

    All in all (in my opinion):
    ST deserves a new contract = yes.
    ST deserves over the top wages (more than 30ish k/w) = no!

  • Bill F

    Sep 7, 2007 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Ed I’m a bit dissappointed to see you are still churning over the Taylor saga. I thought we had said it all in the earlier blog!

  • Bill F

    Sep 7, 2007 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #16

    I am not trying to start a rumour but I see Lua Lua is not in the juniors lineup for the Everton game. Anyone know why?

  • Daniel

    Sep 7, 2007 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #17

    i think in the taylor story the club is in the rong he should be offerd alot more he is going to be a great

    i am a geordie lad through and through born and raised in south shields

    i would love to be in taylors possition in the club if i was a defender 6 years older

    i would also hate too see my tallents wasted on this low amount.

    anyway sorry if this is against the rules ed but people i have just started a band with my friend, we are going to be great one day soo add our myspace people if u have it
    it is the link above


  • nightfall

    Sep 8, 2007 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #18


    nice… 🙂

  • dragoner

    Sep 8, 2007 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #19

    if your talking about Micah, then he is in fact a RB but can just play CB also

  • Darren

    Sep 8, 2007 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #20

    @Bill F – 95% of headlines are culled from press on here so what do you expect.

    Sorry Ed but your content is freely available elsewhere and todays attacking of NUFC over Taylors contract is out of order, your story was posted within minutes of icnewcastle posting the story, it didn’t give you much time for analysis hence your unbalanced response.

    I like the opportunity to interract with fellow fans on here, don’t get me wrong, but some of them need a hospital visit.

    Anyway ED, while I admire what you are trying to do,especially from a long long way away the boys at take some beating. They are the dogs bollocks when it comes to Newcastle, example…………………

    Away to Palermo last season, 30 or so of us drinking the night before the game in the town square, no shouting or singing, just a nice few beers after two flights. The bar was a typical continental tapas type place. Around midnight in walks trouble, a local who says when we leave we are dead. Fair enough, heard it before, goes with the territory sometimes, however just a little bit nervous after the West Ham fans had serious trouble the round before.

    5 mins later we know we are in trouble, the crowd outside is growing and a mug is in the bar waving about a knife.

    Outnumbered probably 20-1 damage limitation was the exercise of the day so after a few unavoidable flare ups in the bar we know we are on a looser so try to get the manager to get the police here or his bar will be a war zone. After much pidgeon English/Italian we suss out he is saying the police won’t come into the square – it is a no go area.

    Fantastic – we are fu****

    However one of the boys rings the Newcastle press officer (Courtney) and tells him we are in shit. Ten minutes later two coaches turn up with police and we get bundled out of the place.

    Moral of the story……….

    I’m not quite sure as I’m a bit pi$$ed but I owe them a huge favour as does everyone else that night, however it was them who were invited to meet Mort at St James to discuss Newcastle last month,not Ed.

    PS – Rich.. No doubt you will argue over something I’ve said here so do me a favour, let me know and I’ll meet you face to face

  • Rich

    Sep 8, 2007 at 3:26 AM

    Comment #21

    lol Darren.

    you must be pissed mate, calling out ppl on a blog…. you must be harder than i thought 😀


  • steve

    Sep 8, 2007 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #22

    You dont come onto this site to find new news, there are other sites for that. What this site offers is a way of getting fans perspectives of those top stories. So of course the content is going to be taken from else where – you dont want ed to make up stories do you ?

  • JoshI

    Sep 8, 2007 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #23

    This site is awesome!, maybe the news aspect isn’t updated with brand new news first before any other site, but hey….. who actually cares, Ed puts good emphasis on points and personalises it well for the community of this site. This site is mainly for the comments, we can talk to and share opinions, not many other sites have comments pages quite like this 1!!! Keep up the great work Ed! i love reading evryones comments.

  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 8, 2007 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #24

    Ed, you’ve got yourself a great website and the comments, although ranging sometimes to the extreme, are opinions and have a right to be stated!

    Keep up the good work Ed; well done buddy……


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