Steven Taylor Rejects Newcastle Contract Offer

Steven Taylor has surprisingly turned down a new five-year contract with Newcastle United.

With Charles N’Zogbia and James Milner, the other outstanding 21 year-olds in the Newcastle camp, having just signed new 5 year contracts with the club we were fully expecting Steven to sign one.

This doesn’t sound like good news so we’ll take a hard look at this today.


Steven Taylor – rejects 5 year deal with 3 year option from the club

Taylor’s representative is his father Alf Taylor who has termed the contract as “completely inadequate” for Taylor, who will captain the England Under-21 side in their match in Montenegro tonight.

Taylor’s father is looking after his son’s affairs and told the Evening Chronicle this afternoon:

“I only hope they are not trying to force Steven out.”

“He loves Newcastle United and it is the only club he wants to play for, but he is most disappointed at what they are offering him.”

United have been reported to have made a formal offer to Taylor of a new five-year contract with a three-year option, but this has been rejected by his father, representing Steven’s interests.

Taylor will be aware how much United have come up with for James Milner and Charles N’Zogbia, who had their contracts reviewed and signed new deals at St James’ Park in the past couple of weeks. The fans were extremely pleased that two of our best players, even though they are just 21 years-old were signed up long term by the club – very good business. With players who have yet to prove themselves at Newcastle, and some that couldn’t prove themselves at Newcastle, getting more than 3 to 6 times what Steven is currently earning, we cannot blame Steven for wanting a better contract. Although we don’t know the details we cannot believe it can be fair to Steven.

Taylor has already played 98 times for Newcastle and we know players like Luque, Boumsong and others played a lot less than that but were on huge wages. Abdoulaye Faye is said to be earning £30K a week after joining United last week. His wages at Bolton were around £7K/week. Steven is apparently currently on about £10K/week.

Alf Taylor added:

“Fans seeing the likes of Albert Luque and Jean Alain Boumsong coming into the club with massive wages must think Steven is also on big bucks, but this is not the case.” “He is not playing for Newcastle for the money, but because he loves football and the club – but it is a short career and the financial aspect is still important.”

“Fortunately, while he is disappointed, Steven has never – nor ever will – let it affect his performance on the field.”

“He is a local lad who only wants to play for his local team.” “But perhaps this is why his contract offer is not in the same category as those players who are coming in from all over the place.

“Yet I do not see this being a problem at Liverpool with Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.”

This is almost a perfect response from Alf Taylor because everything he says is true – and every fan knows that.

There are a number of things about this – most of which are not good for the club:

  • Most Newcastle fans will support Steven on this – because he is a true future star and captain for Newcastle
  • He is local lad who moved to Newcastle when he was just 2 weeks old from Greenwich – and this will look like our local lads are not getting a fair deal at the club. It appears that they may be taking advantage of Steven’s complete loyalty to the club
  • Other clubs, starting with Chelsea, will be only too willing to take Steven off Newcastle’s hands in the event the club and Steven cannot reach an agreement. They will also pay Steven what he’s asking for
  • It does not look good at all as far as the club is concerned – and there is no way they can win this – at least not as far as the Newcastle fans are concerned
  • It again reflects badly on the way Newcastle’s youngsters are treated. They hardly ever get a good run in the first team because of the preference for the big money players (not always matched by big talent). Steven has made the first team on merit but then the club don’t come up with a decent contract for him

No – this is not good at all for the club and we suggest this be solved very quickly by chairman Chris Mort and manager Sam Allardyce, otherwise there will be big trouble from the fans. This could be a public relations nightmare if it is allowed to fester.

Pay Steven what he’s worth – or Newcastle will deserve to lose him.

Comments welcome.

77 comments so far

  • LiamBirchy8

    Sep 7, 2007 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #1

    come on nufc give our best prospect the wages he deserves compared to milner and zog. then we will have 3 great young guns snapped up for five years. Otherwise chelski will move in and offer him a ridiculous wage to sit on the bench.

  • nightfall

    Sep 7, 2007 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #2

    i think it’s the father who’s not happy with the offer…

  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 7, 2007 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #3

    nightfall – but his father is just guiding Steven – Steven will probably take anything – but that’s not right. His father should get for Steven what he’s worth and that should be close to what some of the other first team players are getting.

  • newcastle fan

    Sep 7, 2007 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #4

    come on taylor u gotta stay

  • Jammy

    Sep 7, 2007 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #5

    In all fairness, no quotes have come from Taylor himself, and sounds like his old man doesn’t know the agents game too well.
    I think there might be a realisation from Taylor that he isn’t going to be playing as much this season, as Capaca and Rozenal have looked solid between them, and Beye and Enrique will be the fullbacks.
    I rate Taylor, but not as highly as some, he still makes mistakes but seems to get away with more because “he is a geordie”.

  • Darren

    Sep 7, 2007 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #6

    The trouble is Newcastle are cutting back on wages so making comparisons to Luques contract, or Boumsongs contract is wrong. That is in the past. You could turn around and say Taylor has been offered more than Keegan ever got as a player if you want to take that argument.

    No doubt Newcastle have opened up with a lowish offer to him, as all clubs would do, thats not to say agreement won’t be reached eventually.

    His father bringing Gerrard & Carragher into it is strange though – He is nowhere near as good (yet?) as either of them so no comparison can be made. For one thing, if he is expecting wage parity with them he is in for a shock.

    Ed – how is their no way the club can win this as you state?

    You praise Mort & BSA to the hilt yet as soon as this story has hit the street Newcastle are in the wrong?

    Thats why it is called contract negotiations, a bit of bartering on both sides (or in Taylors case, using the fans to try and force the clubs hand).

    And before you lot on here start raving on – most of you when submitting your greatest fully fit Newcastle team can’t find room for Taylor in it so don’t start with the “He’s worthy 50k a week stuff”.

  • stk

    Sep 7, 2007 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #7

    taking advantage of his loyalty could be the case, why anyone needs 30k a week is beyond me anyway, but defenders are always paid less than attackers, but still, give him whatever, we’ll be getting at least 45 mill from premiership prize money, and we cannot lose him, future captain and england centre back. i agree with the carragher comment

  • stk

    Sep 7, 2007 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #8

    all in the negotiating, as darren said above

  • Stami

    Sep 7, 2007 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #9

    do the right thing…pay the man what he is worth!

  • Bill F

    Sep 7, 2007 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #10

    I don’t know if anyone recalls an the comments made by me and Marguiritte a couple of days ago, but I said at that time that I think Taylor will want parity with the new kids on the block. I hate to say I told you so but I told you so!!

  • MektiG

    Sep 7, 2007 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #11

    taylors father is comparing him with gerrard and carragher!
    no wonder they turned it down, they probably want the same wage too.
    *sadly laughing*

  • Nick C

    Sep 7, 2007 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Ed, to be honest I get the impression from a lot of nufc fans that the jury is still very much out on Taylor. Personally, I have never been impressed with him. Positionally, he is suspect. Just count the amount of times in those 98 appearances goals have gone in in an area he is supposed to be controlling.

    He dives in too readily, giving too many free kicks away, and generally I don’t see what much of the fuss is about.

    The problem is, he looks like he should be brilliant. His size and physique are just what you would want in a centre half. He has so much to learn though, and has never given me the impression he is a willing learner.

    As for his old man playing the “I am a geordie, me” card. Just bore off.
    French Zog and Yorkie Milner signed on the dotted line, so unless the club have singled Taylor out to take the piss wages wise, what is his problem?

  • Marguerite

    Sep 7, 2007 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #13

    Ed – agree with everything you have written.

    Bill F – Yes we commented on this on recent Blogs. I have had this fear that Sam does not rate him and that is why his new deal is not forthcoming, or at least much lower than anticipated.
    I for one will be gutted if he is driven to leave the club, and as I said before Mourinho is just waiting…..

  • Darren

    Sep 7, 2007 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #14

    Okay then – what do you all reckon he is worth a week?

    Obviously we know footballers get too much anyway but in todays climate and considering what we (roughly) know about other players wages at the club.

    I’d probably go for about 25-30k a week, no more (yet!)

  • Steve

    Sep 7, 2007 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #15

    he’ll eventually get parity with Faye – you can’t expect the club to start negotiations at anything other than the wages he’s already on – thats not taking the piss it’s called contract negotiations.

  • Steve K

    Sep 7, 2007 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #16

    Luque and Boumsong underperformed after they came to Newcastle. Before that they were heavily capped with strong international sides, had played at a high level (in Luque’s position, the Champions League semi-final) and had many years at first team level.

    Taylor is a decent player, but he’s not a great player, and in my personal opinion – he’ll never be a top centre half for his country. Both Rozenhal and Cacapa, for instance, have more natural talent, speed, and reading of the game than Taylor. Taylor has the John Terry attributes of throwing yourself in the way, but he’s nowhere near as advanced as Terry was at this age.

    That’s not to say Taylor won’t develop, he could, and his leadership abilities are commendable. Personally, the signature of someone like N’Zogbia is much more important.


    Sep 7, 2007 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #17

    he’s the future of the club give the lads whats he’s worth and keep one of the best young english players in the league at our club

  • Darren

    Sep 7, 2007 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #18

    Stephen – whats he worth then?

  • Rob Kirton

    Sep 7, 2007 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #19

    Intersting thing is that I know that the club were talking to Taylor prior to the summer about a new contract. This has been going on for some time. His current contract actually expires this season, therefore if we don’t agree anything before january he’s free to talk to others. I suspect that he’d be of a mind to do it if negotiations do drag on.

    The fact that the club didn’t bat an eyelid in offering Milner and N’Zogbia senior pro contracts without much of a fuss speaks for a lot.

  • adam

    Sep 7, 2007 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #20

    if he leaves there will be riots. i cant believe what im reading.

  • George

    Sep 7, 2007 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #21

    Reading what Taylor senior is saying about contract offers from NUFC for his son, first and foremost he should not mention figures about other peoples wages in public, as remember this is a private company now and NUFC do not have to disclose wages to anyone. Just a minor point.
    It is well known in football that when you come up through the ranks the only way you get a good pay deal is from being transferred. However, exceptions are occuring regularly now, but only with recognised internationals. John Terry, Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand etc. These players are quite often re negotiating their contracts after a season, even when just signing 3 year deals.
    Of late Steven Taylor has in the press been likened to a young John Terry and in some quarters of the press saying he is better at this age than JT was. With the likes of these comments going on, is it any wonder that maybe ST thinks he can get a good deal. Is it any wonder that Alf Taylor thinks he can get a good deal for his son. You can not blame either of them, but i ask “what is Steven Taylor worth a week”. I dont think he is worth £20K, £30K, £40K.
    If he is on £10K a week for playing for NUFC a club he loves so much, why does he want a rise. Lets face it £10k a week is one great life style.
    On the other hand, has ST looked at all those around him and thought “hang on i may not get regular football here”, afterall has SA not increased our defenders right up and better defenders than of old.
    Or could it be that like a lot of family members who are agents, it is their opinions and not the players they look at for negotiations.

  • Marguerite

    Sep 7, 2007 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #22

    Rob Kirton – I seem to recollect they had apparently promised to ‘reward him’ and increase his salary more than 12 months ago but have failed to do so. Obviously under the old regime.

  • arctoa (D.)

    Sep 7, 2007 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #23

    He will go if this is not resolved quickly. The previous board were going to offer him a new contract at the end of last season due to his appearances but didn’t — he was then offered the captaincy but that ended up going to Geremi — and now he’s no longer a definite starter at centre-back. He is not a happy lad at present. Negotiations or not, we can’t afford to string this out any longer than absolutely necessary, if we wish to keep him at the club.

  • Darren

    Sep 7, 2007 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #24

    Taylors contract expires August 2009 not this season so don’t panic yet

  • Craig Allen

    Sep 7, 2007 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #25

    Agree that comparisons to Boumsong and Luque wages is like comparing buying a sandwich when you hungry and making the sandwich yourself when you’re not.

    – lol at metaphor, I’ll try something better next time promise 😉

    If he’s been offered less than Zog and Milner, then there’s a clearly a case of mal-alignment and unfairness. It’s not on the official site as it’s probably still mid negotiation and – I don’t say this often – the press (if the offer was indeed less) will probably end up helping Taylor.

    The view that Tayls should get more just ’cause he’s home grown is also wrong – I only hope there’s a resolution soon as the press are looking to sell more paper now that the transfer window is closed and there are no easy stories (like speculating who’ll leave/arrive at which club)

    I also hope that the fact that Sam brought in cover for the defense does not affect Steven’s ambitions at Newcastle and now use a wage offer as a reason to leave.

  • t-g-w

    Sep 7, 2007 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #26

    This may be jumping the gun a bit but it’s worth bearing in mind: the Champions League has changed its rules so that clubs have to have 3 players in their squad that have been with the club for at least 3 years before the age of 21. Chelsea don’t have that which is why they can only submit a 23 man sqaud instead of the 25 man squad that others have. Hence Ballack is not included. What has this got to do with Steven Taylor and his contract negotiations? It is fundamental that clubs keep a constant flow of home grown talent in their sqaud for the future of English football. In the longer term, having players like Zog, Milner and Taylor in our squad is vital for the Champions League. Sam Allardyce has called for a greater emphasis on youth only in the last few days saying that those who have just come through were not good enough. I’m sure the club will hang onto Taylor and it is extremely important they do so. Those questioning Taylor’s ability are wrong in my opinion. He has been our number 1 centre back for the last 3 seasons from the age of 18 (and shouldn’t have been becuase we should have had a better defence!). He has never played with a solid centre back for this club. He is only 21 now and can only get better for this club learning alongside players like Faye, Rozehnal, Cacapa and Beye. To the person who said he wasn’t like Terry at this age – I think he is exactly like Terry was at this age. He is a huge prospect and we must keep him. I’m sure we will…

  • ToonKing

    Sep 7, 2007 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #27

    Agree with Darren and Nick, this is just contract negotiation like everywhere.

    IMO he will eventually sign a new contract, but he knows, as we do, that he won’t be guaranteed a place in the squad and will spend quite a few games on the bench.
    If he doesn’t sign the contract then i say let him go, he’s not worth 25K

  • ToonKing

    Sep 7, 2007 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #28

    Damn half of my post disappeared . 🙁

  • Marguerite

    Sep 7, 2007 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #29

    t-g-w SO AGREE WITH YOU, WELL SAID – you echo my thoughts on young Tayls exactly but have put it far more concisely and eloquently

  • Mart

    Sep 7, 2007 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #30

    I agree with whoever above said ST is not the finished article. Yes the potential is there and the more England experience he gets the better he will become, but let’s not forget he is still very young for a centre back. I’m confident BS will bring him on as a player as will our two ‘first choice’ centre backs. He still has a way to go to become the finished article.
    It’s obviously tempting to ask for more money when you see increased offers being given to your team mates and I’m sure his dad is doing what any agent would do in asking for more.
    Hopefully it will be sorted out soon before the gutter press make it into a big issue.

  • Vest

    Sep 7, 2007 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #31

    I think Taylor should get 40-50 k a week. There are problems at senior level with England, because to few english lads get a chance. Lets not go there. Let us have the future captain of England. Taylor, Milner and Zoggy are the players we should build our team around long term. Lets pay Taylor what he wants, after all Mr. Ashley has a few quid to use :o)
    Howay the lads ! ! ! !

  • hadrian

    Sep 7, 2007 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #32

    he needs to remember he was only in the first eleven as the toon lacked any kind of depth in defence , now we have some quality defenders in , i can see tayls back on the bench where any lad who’s not wayne rooney should be at his age .
    he’s looked shakey on the ball for me this season , very unsure of himself at times and makes rash descisions that is only down to his age .
    i think sam doesnt like having to rely on people so young either , i can see sam bringing steven on alot and maybe starting him where he can to give him some experience , but all of the young lads will take a back seat to those with age and sam will bring them in where he thinks it would help them and us.
    he should have the same wage packet as zog and milner yes , but none of them should be asking for anything to silly at their age .

  • Vest

    Sep 7, 2007 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #33

    Lets not either forget the managers he has had. Not the creme de la creme. But Big Sam can make Taylor the best center half in the country.

  • Bob

    Sep 7, 2007 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #34

    If faye is on a reported 30k then Taylor is worth the same. He will play more games than faye and is the future of this club. I agree at the moment it’s all just part of negotiations but if it is not sorted out it will undo alot of the good work done by BS and Mort. The signings of cacapa and faye have not been made to replace Taylor as they are both in the later stages of their carers so lets make sure Taylor is playing for the toon for the best yaers of his carer.

    As for the Gerrard, Carragher comment clearly this was to show two home grown lads playing good football for their club and being respected for it, not a comparison of current ability. Wouldn’t we all like to see Taylor lifting a trophy like gerrard has so many time for liverpool?

  • gordon

    Sep 7, 2007 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #35

    I think the question has to be asked,why has the club given him this offer in the first place, taylor,ameobi,chopra and even carroll are these players being vastly overrated because they are local lads.Taylor has been the best of a bad bunch in the last 3 years is he anywhere near the best when the standard by allardyce has been raised considerably.

  • Alex Brett

    Sep 7, 2007 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #36

    He will stay, he loves the club, he is one of us!! and he will get the contract he deserves!!

    End Of!!!!!!!

  • dragoner

    Sep 7, 2007 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #37

    i think we must keep him, he is the best english cb prospect and we should strive to keep him at our club, i just dont feel sam rates him that much, not because of his ability, but more because of his physique, steven taylor is not small, but he is not the towering, well built CB Sam Allardyce prefers

  • Alex Brett

    Sep 7, 2007 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #38

    Neither was Tal Ben Haim, but Big Sam still tried to sign him twice!!!

  • ChrisL

    Sep 7, 2007 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #39

    Steven & his farther obviously love the club so much, they thought they’d get us viewed in a negative light by the press again! I hate all this “I’m only a local boy” bollox. You should get paid what your worth. The basis of any pay rise for Mr Taylor should not be based on where his family moved to when he was two!

    Why has this gone to press? I’m sure/hope the club are (now) trying to get players to sign more realistic contracts & I’m also sure Steven is hoping for more that whatever has been offered. But please, sort it out away from the glare of the public eye.

  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 7, 2007 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #40

    Give him the money please, we got rid of money wasters Luque, Dyer so why not up Taylors pay packet at least he is a worthwhile asset and talent.


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