Sam Allardyce has for the first time talked about the dispute over contract terms Newcastle United have with their 21 year-old England Under-21 captain Steven Taylor.
Sam seems tho think the offer is a very good one and gone are the days when the club will pay almost anything in player’s wages. The club are obviously trying to have some common sense inserted into the contract negotiations.
Given some of the stupid wages Newcastle have paid some players in the past, that’s an excellent move by Charis Mort and Big Sam.
Let’s see what Sam has said about Steven’s contract.
Steven Taylor – contract dispute still to be worked out with the club
Sam told the Shields Gazette today:
“Steven Taylor is a key member of our squad.â€ “We want him to stay, apparently it sounds like he wants to stay, so hopefully we can resolve the problems.â€
“At the moment, we seem to be some way off, but we won’t get sucked into paying somebody that we think is asking for too much.â€
“We want to give it a realistic look, and we have already started that process with the likes of Charles N’Zogbia, to push on to Nicky Butt and people like that who are in the last year of their contracts.â€
“That’s the next thing we have to do now that the window is shut. Hopefully very shortly, everybody will have agreed and we will have a much more settled camp.â€
Sam’s management is style is simple in that he doesn’t want anything that may have the players thinking anything other than on their football. And from what Sam says it looks like Nicky Butt is next in line for a new contract, that’s good because Nicky is now a key member of the squad and obviously loves playing for the big man.
These contract worries can get on players’ minds as Sam went on to explain:
“From my point of view, it’s always a little bit disturbing when people are talking about contracts while you are playing Premier League football.â€
“It can upset the player on the field, and that’s the last thing we want.”
Taylor’s father Alf has been handling the negotiations on his son’s behalf and Chris Mort, the Newcastle chairman has already said he will get involved with Alf with the contract negotiations. Alf Taylor had said the first offer was both “disappointing” and â€œcompletely inadequateâ€.
But Sam seems to think the offer is a good one. The contract is thought to be substantially less than that given to Taylor’s Under-21 team-mate James Milner recently.
Sam went on:
“The position is that we offered what we considered a very good contract for a player of his age and his experience, and if they have turned it down, then that’s fine.â€
“The disappointing thing is â€“ and I don’t want to get into any slanging matches â€“ is that it was publicized in the papers.â€ “But I’ll cover that when we get sat down to talk about it again.”
Taylor â€“ who is now captain of the England Under-21 team has led the team to two away victories and clean sheets over Montenegro and Bulgaria during the international break. Steven still has two years left on his current deal so there is no particular rush, but the longer it goes on the more stories there will be in the press about top teams wanting to take Steven in January.
We have to admit we’re not sure why the contract offer to Taylor is substantially less than that offered to James Milner. We understand it’s around 70% of that offered to Milner and have no idea what Charles N’Zogbia was offered.
Sam certainly seems adamant they will not overpay, and it seems he will also get involved with Alf Taylor and Chris Mort in the negotiations. We’ll just have to see how this one sorts itself out â€“ but it’s a little worrying still at this stage.
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