Taylor’s Contract Needs Parity with Milner’s

The Steven Taylor contract difficulty may run longer than Newcastle United really want it to.

We have heard that Steven Taylor’s father and agent Alf Taylor, is now on vacation abroad.

As we reported earlier this morning it would be in everybody’s interests to get this settled sooner rather than later.


Steven Taylor and James Milner – contracts should be very similar

Although the Sunday Sun are reporting this morning that Newcastle have decided to reopen contract talks with the defender, Newcastle management is understandably unhappy at Alf Taylor’s decision to go public with his rejection of the contract. It doesn’t help to also describe the offer as “completely inadequate” (even if it is).

However, if it’s true what the Sunday Sun is reporting today then Taylor may have a legitimate gripe. Taylor’s offer was around ₤20K/week and the James Milner deal was said to be closed at ₤30K/week. We would have assumed the contracts of our 3 young amigos – Taylor, Milner and N’Zogbia would be close to parity. It would also be expected that since James and Steven probably travel together with the England Under-21 team, they would have at least discussed their contracts – and Steven would probably be well aware what James was getting.

The simple solution is to offer Steven whatever James Milner is getting and if that’s 30K/week so be it.  But please let’s get this settled – quickly.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • JohnB

    Sep 9, 2007 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #1

    I think this is a tricky one, as we do not want the club to fall in the trap of overpaying players… If we pay Steven 30k a week we are basically saying that every squad member is worth at least that sum. Of course we do not want him to leave or feel forced out of the club but maybe he needs to take stock of where he is in his development. On paper currently, I assume most of us would have him sat on the bench a lot of the time? He is a good young player with potential but nowhere near the real deal yet… I think Milner and Zog’s deals reflect that they are genuine first team players now, Taylor is still a year or two away from that

  • Little Kenny

    Sep 9, 2007 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #2

    What a shambles the Steven Taylor situation is. Why he wasn’t offered the same as Milner is beyond me. If he had been, none of this would have happened. Message for you Steven Taylor. Drop your father as your agent and use the same one as James Milner with the F.A. He had no trouble with his contract.

  • ToonKing

    Sep 9, 2007 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #3

    I think 30K is a little to much, but not that much so what the hell give it to the man and het this over with…………..o and get him a new agent.

  • JohnB

    Sep 9, 2007 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Its a tricky one, I don’t want us to go back to the days of overpaying players which I think 30k for Taylor would currently reflect…

    Of course we don’t want Steven to feel like he is unwanted or being forced out – he could be a future captain of the club. But I think his Dad and him need to realize that he is still only 21 and still lacks certain qualities that would make him a guaranteed first team regular. He needs to continue working on his game and concentrate on fixing a first team place before asking for the 30k Zog and Milner are getting.

    I think the media hype over taylor too early is to blame for this but if we give him 30k surely every player at nufc is worth the same?

  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 9, 2007 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #5

    The sooner it’s settled the better as we want young Steven to stay on Tyneside……

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar!

    Sep 9, 2007 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #6

    Steven Taylor deserves every penny, a class act, fully commited and future Newcastle United captain.

  • big pea ov the weab

    Sep 9, 2007 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #7

    here here give the kid wot he wants hes worth every penny

  • brian

    Sep 9, 2007 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #8

    There may be a big difference between what he’s worth and what he wants!

    How do we know that he has not been offered what Milner’s getting – how do we know that he hasn’t asked for what, say Luque was on, or what Emre is getting etc etc. Really good of his dad to release it through in association with the Shepherd clan to Oliver and then go off on holiday knowing the tabloids would be full of it – very classless and as said previously, very like the old regime.

    Hope Mort will sort it unless Stevie’s advisors seek to price him out of a contract – however, and it may be me being cynical, the comment about ‘hoping he won’t be frozen out’ will not have gone down well. He is up against strong competition with established players and faces a fight to be first choice – if he is trying to put pressure on SA then it won’t cut any ice. It just depends on when Beye is ready for ST to be on the bench unless injuries come into play. Trying to put pressure on the manager via the press is not a good way forward.

  • Tony_D

    Sep 9, 2007 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #9

    I believe he still has 2 years on his current contract, so he won’t be going anywhere for a while.

  • hadrian

    Sep 9, 2007 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #10

    are we sure zoggy wasnt offered the same deal and snapped it up? strange how zog accepted a deal and tayls knocked one back in the same week .
    how sure are we on milners wage? and what was the weekly wage he got when we brought him in , as he’s bound to have a yearly % increase in the contract .
    probably all todo with what age they were all brought in at and what contacts and clauses they were offered at the time

  • A geordiedoonsooth

    Sep 9, 2007 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #11


  • Andreas

    Sep 9, 2007 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #12

    As I’ve said before, I reckon ST is worth a wage between 20-30 k/w and I can see the wise thing of having Milner/Zog/ST on roughly the same wage. So if Milner/Zog is on about 30k that would be the limit for ST.

    I have a bad feeling based on the paper comments (might very well be totally wrong) that the demands from ST, or rather his agent/father, is for a wage on par with Emre/Rozy/et al, and no matter how “local” and “promising” he is that is way beyond what he’s worth imo.

    People on here tend to say “give the lad what he’s worth, give him a wage on par with Babayaro/Luque/et al”. Sure, based on performance ST should have pay parity with those players, but it’s not that simple. It’s rather the case that those players have a retarded wage negotiated and agreed by our previous financially brilliant (or not) management lot.

    It seems like the new managment finally have started to work hard to get a sensible wage structure in place and therefore it would be foolish to get ST on a bumper contract at this time. In a few years, if ST develop accoarding to our hopes, he WILL get a bumper contract.

    Pay parity with Milner/Zog = yes-ish
    Bumper contract = no way José (or Alf)

  • iain

    Sep 9, 2007 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #13

    if i was taylor and earning less than babayaro, i would be more annoyed than he is now.

    if there is one player all our youngsters deserve better pay than its babayaro.

  • CasinoMonkey

    Sep 9, 2007 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #14


    A few thoughts:

    I am not going to negotiate players’ contracts through Alan Oliver or any other members of the press but a few facts that might interest you:

    The amount Alf Taylor is asking for his son to be paid has no resemblance to the amounts Charles and James have agreed in their new contracts, and would be considerably more than most of our established internationals are being paid. Faye is not being paid the amount suggested.

    Steven Taylor is not being pushed out. We would love to have Steven Taylor stay with NUFC long-term, which is why we have offered such a long contract.

    I find it extraordinary that Steven’s father would have a story like this put out on the day his son should be focused on representing his country.

    Steven’s advisers are Alf Taylor and the solicitor for Shepherd Offshore. I’ll let you guess from that who is talking to Alan Oliver but you can be sure that they are not doing him any favours.

    Best wishes


    This is a copy of an e-mail recieved by a member of our forum.
    It says a lot to me…………


    Look for the Legend thread.

  • CasinoMonkey

    Sep 9, 2007 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #15

    Isn’t it amazing how FFS still has his grubby fat fingers in so many NUFC pies.

  • Dave G

    Sep 9, 2007 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #16

    Taylor is a great prospect and definitely a future toon captain. However, BSA has bought well and Taylor is now a squad player again. He should be looking at a decent contract safe in the knowledge that if he continues to develop as he has been that he’ll be worth a lot more in the future. I’d double his wages but no more. N’Zogbia and Milner are both better players at this point in time and therefore worthy of more. WHEN he usurps Cacapa and Rozenhal at the back then he’ll get the recognition.

  • Hammy

    Sep 9, 2007 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #17

    Before a Mr Murdoch and a satellite orbitting earth appeared, average footballer wages were approx 2-3K a week plus bonuses, if say Mr Murdoch pulled the plug on football and decided to show say Live Premiership pole dancing most Premiership clubs would go tits up overnight…….
    Steve Taylors dad is obviously trying to get the best deal for his son, but I don’t think a half decent U21 campaign merits stellar wages…….there have been plenty U21 players never made it, check out 25 year old David Prutton who has went to Leeds, 25 caps at U21 level.
    BSA is a shrewd guy and will try to keep Taylors feet on the ground,
    as for Taylors dad leaking contract details to the press………..that lacked class as far as I’m concerned and he seems to be in the same league as most other agents. Besides, I think with recent squad additions Tayls may struggle to command a first team spot at the moment.

  • brian

    Sep 9, 2007 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Casino Monkey – that’s what I have been saying but I wasn’t going to post Rozak’s (Ollies) e.mail – just the odd quote from it.

    Fair play to Mort – hope the fan’s see it for what it is

  • Steve K

    Sep 10, 2007 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #19

    Problem with blogs like this is they over-analyse stories like Taylor’s contract.

    Also, anyone who thinks Taylor and Milner are at the same class as Charles N’Zogbia are missing the point that players like Milner and Taylor are ten a penny.

  • Aussie geordie

    Sep 11, 2007 at 3:52 AM

    Comment #20

    Worth every penny. We are not saying every player in the team is worth that much by paying talys that wage. What we are paying for is his commitment to both his own future and the clubs. He can still be with us in ten years time and has the potential to be the backbone of our team. He is not at that stage yet but over the next two years especially when Capaca is retired he and Roz will form an awesome partnership. Already Tayls shows more composure, passion and skills thats many other permiership defenders like Lucas Neil show little of despite their massive pay packets.

    Would we miss him if he left? Absolutely yes, now and in the future. Ramage? Not really. But if someone is getting $105,000 for being injured most of the year then you can understand why other players who play game in and game out can get pissed.

  • Geordie from London

    Sep 14, 2007 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #21

    I like ST a lot and think he’s a class act in the making.

    I can’t help thinking the amounts quoted for these three players are purely speculation, however if they are true then I can’t see why Milner should be paid more than Taylor. Lets not forget if Duff was fit would he be starting?

    That said, £20k a week isn’t bad to train half a day, 4 times a week and then sit on the bench for 90 minutes on a saturday. The squad and team have improved since last year and unfortunate as it is for Steve, he will be on the bench a lot more this season.

    I know its a short career but 10 years at 20k a week is still about ten times more than the average person will earn in a lifetime.


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