Steven Taylor Staying at Newcastle


There was news yesterday from the Sunday Sun that Steven Taylor will ask to leave Newcastle United in January if he is not included in the Newcastle team this evening against Derby County.

We find that story hard to believe.

While it may be true that Steven will be disappointed if he doesn’t start tonight, it’s hardly a time to start talking about leaving the club he has already said he wants to play for.

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Steven Taylor – don’t believe the stories about him leaving Newcastle United

We think that Habib Beye will replace Steven in an otherwise unchanged back four tonight and believe that Habib will make the right back spot his own this season. There’s little doubt that competition for places in the back four will be red hot this season with Taylor, Faye, Enrique, Carr and Edgar all fighting it out with those starting tonight.

Of course Taylor has turned down Newcastle’s initial contract offer described by his agent and father, Alf, as “completely inadequate”. But talks are set for this Wednesday to discuss contract arrangements and we would hope these can quickly come to a successful conclusion.

The Sunday Sun reports that father and son are angry that Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce criticized Taylor’s father for speaking publicly on the issue before there was time to resolve it. We also know there will be many clubs come in for Taylor if indeed he remains unhappy for the next 3 months or so before the transfer window opens early next year. But those clubs, which include Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United, will not be able to offer him regular football this season either.

Everybody at Newcastle must now realize that a first team place is not guaranteed for anybody, and that includes Owen, Given and other Newcastle stars. We think young Steven is a lot more mature than to want to leave at this exciting time for Newcastle United, and hopefully there’ll be some good news on the Taylor front before too long.

Comments always welcome.



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20 comments so far

  • Hammy

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #1

    I think it’s rich that Taylors dad is critical of BSA going to the press….is that not exactly what he did???????? in order to lever some extra cash out of the Toon.
    Sure I want Taylor to stay, and he was Newcastles best defender last season but let’s be honest he didn’t exactly have much competition.
    The standard has been dramatically raised this season and there are no room for passengers this term…..it’ll be interesting to how Taylor reacts…..he is a long way from the finished product and I doubt he would get into any “big 4” teams at this moment in time. He has potential…but that is all.

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  • George

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Here we go again, newspaper stories making the headlines for us NUFC fans.
    Sunday Mail starts off by telling us that Michael Owens £9 million pound buy out clause comes back in at the end of the season, strange as that is not what SA and Chris Mort have told us.
    Today the Daily Mail tells us Oba Femi Martains is surplus to requirements and quote SA as saying with Michael Owen on form there is no place for OFM, again i thought SA was building a squad and apart from that, isn`t it amasing how the papers get to know things before the manager, players etc, etc.
    In the same mould, we are being told that if Shay Given is not in the team to face Derby he is off. if these stories were true, all it says to me is that these players are not very loyal to people who pay them dam good wages. If shay is unhappy, tough. Yes he is a cracking keeper, but in all honesty, does Steve Harper deserve to be dropped? NO.
    It is not long ago that Shay Given was reproted as saying competition is great for moral, so get on with it, if you cant stand competition leave.
    The Stephen Taylor saga goes on and on, now it seems that if he is not picked for tonights game he wants away. If it is true like Shay Given, go, we can not allow for the players to dictate who and when players play. Remember when NUFC playing staff rebelled during the 70s. Look what player power did then, it nearly ruined the club completely.
    So players may want ot hold this club to ransom, but they should not be allowed to.
    As far as the Stephen Taylor issue is concerned, i was talking to a club insider yesterday, and ST has a reputation as being the most bigheaded arrogant player at the club, who let paper talk go to his head when he came on the scene, and who believes he is the best centre back in the world. Is that healthy. No wonder he thinks he is worth the £8OK he is asking for.

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  • MEESTER MEESTER LADY

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #3

    He wants to just shut up and get on with his game, playing well will ensure he gets a contact he ‘deserves’. First team guarantee is not a thing the players can have at the toon anymore – look at given. Unless you’re EMO tho!

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  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    I hope Taylor stays with Newcastle as he’s a tremendous prospect and potentially the future captain of both Newcastle and England.

    However, no player is bigger than Newcastle United and if young Steven is wanting a guarenteed place for every game, he’s at the wrong team. He’s not the finished article “yet” and will not obtain such a commitment from Newcastle or any of the top-4.

    I’m hoping BSA and Mort can quickly resolve this contractual issue, allowing Steven to concentrate on playing football for Newcastle…….

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  • lee

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    We should keep ST at the club simply because Steven is bound to be a future England captain, and will be the future Newcastle captain… only that he is still young, and need to be kept playing… we have more than enough games this season to rotate the back four, to keep everyone fresh and injury-free. Give Steven the same wage as Milner and NZogbia… he deserves as much even if he doesn’t play regularly.

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  • Ian

    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #6

    I dont know how much truth is in the story, but there is no room for aplayer in this football club that feel they are bigger than the club itself,
    Taylor has the potential to be a great player but then so did Jenas, and in my opinion he still makes mistakes and can give away free kicks in dangerous places.
    If he wasnt a geordie would everyone be fighting his corner as much.
    I would like him to stay but not if it causes club tension.

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  • lee

    Sep 17, 2007 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #7

    not easy nowadays to get good English defenders of Steven’s age, and would be foolish for the club (always lacking in defence) to start unloading its defenders, just because we couln’d meet his wage demand, which is at most half of what the club’s star midfielders and strikers command.

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  • George

    Sep 17, 2007 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #8

    Just a minor point, but Stephen Taylor “IS NOT A GEORDIE”. ST was born in London and is a cockney, although he has spent nearly all his life up here, he will never qualify to be a geordie.
    Before we carried away as to how good ST is, let us not forget last season, he looked good and was probably our best defender, but look at his competition,
    Carr, Bramble, Ramage etc, for gods sake Freddie Shepherd could have played in that defence.
    Yes he is a good prospect, but he is not the finished article yet. He made a lot more mistakes than some realise last year and it is only because the others around him were worse that most errors went unoticed. He has made one or two this season but has had better defenders around him to cover them up. Why has been playing and captaining the u21s, he is a good player, but not the finished article, yet. He may never improve either. I hope he does, but until such time, he should be paid what he is worth, and behave like a sensible up and coming player who has not made it yet.

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  • dillon

    Sep 17, 2007 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #9

    I know you might of heard this all before but my friend knows Taylor from school(and we go to the same snooker club) i meet him in a pub in whitley bay, he was so cocky and up himself then a hate to think what he’s like now. He cost us the first goal at middlesbourgh thus 3 points and i believe like most of you’re comment he has huge potential but at nearly 22 he is away off yet which i find a bit odd compeared to some of the youngsters in the league! Stay and fight for the pride to wear the black and white shirt or just go.

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  • Nufc1000

    Sep 17, 2007 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #10

    If Steven Taylor wants to leave Newcastle because he wants more money AND guaranteed regular first team football then he is in line to be hugely dissapointed. The only way he will get more money is by going to a ‘bigger’ club and I cant imagine any of these will be queing up for him. If he did actually sign for one of these clubs he has no chance of being guaranteed first team football. The only way he can be sure of first team football is by going to a smaller club than Newcastle and that’s not going to happen either is it.

    Lets be honest, this is blatantly a pile of boll*cks, fabricated to sell newspapers. Newcastle have been an easy target for the press for years, as soon as things start going well they just try to bring us down. Lets just ignore it all and enjoy tonight’s win at Derby

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  • Murvar

    Sep 17, 2007 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #11

    What all this says to me is “Don’t let your Dad in on the act”. What qualifies Dads to do their sons’ business? Chris Mort’s Dad as manager if BSA gets the push? BSA’s Dad as first team coach? Shay’s Dad as goalkeeping coach? Mad isn’t it? And no less mad than having your Dad as your agent. It’s a shoddy episode and ST’s Dad started it all off.

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  • Viktor Laszlo

    Sep 17, 2007 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #12

    I think Newcastle has really been getting bad treatment from the press. Loads of ugly incidents.

    According to Soccernet, even the Emre issue wasn’t as clear-cut as some media tried to portray it.

    “Reports from Turkey suggest he had been angered by criticism of national coach Fatih Terim following the 2-2 draw with Malta, as well as stories linking him with a move back to Galatasaray.

    Emre said: ‘This action was not for everybody, but only one person in the Press – he knows it.’ “

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  • brian

    Sep 17, 2007 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #13

    People keep saying offer him the same as Charlie or Jimmy!!!!! Don’t you think that’s what the club has offered? He wants considerably more than that – and this about being forced out whilst saying if he’s not picked he’s off I dearly hope that SA gives him a suitable response but I think he will start tonight but Beye will come on.

    ST is an excellent prospect but guaranteed future England captain then some people want to get there feet back on the ground. Hopefully it will get sorted but ST is not doing himself any favours with his alliance to Shepherd and Oliver.

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  • Nobby's dad

    Sep 17, 2007 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #14

    I simply don’t buy the story about Taylor being offered less than Milner and the Zog because I don’t think players will let onto each other what they are being paid. Much of what is written about player wages is newspaper fabrication – their final wage depends so much on appearances and the progress of the club.

    I also think BS will not bend over backwards to retain any player. Knowing the world football market as he does he knows that almost every player is replacable apart from a select few in the world game who are head and shoulders above the rest. I’d argue we don’t have many of those players.

    Wenger works to this formula – there was much wringing of hands by Arsenal fans over the departures of Anelka / Petit / Overmars / Vierra / Henry etc. but Wenger knows there are always up and coming players available to replace big stars – the skill is in spotting them. BS, I think, has that ability.

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  • jag25

    Sep 17, 2007 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #15

    So why did his father feel the need to disclose this to the press and continue it there!!! ST gets one call up to the England squad and he thinks he’s a superstar. (and steven you only got that as nobody else was fit … yes you had a good U21 tournament but you made some errors there and the hype around the battling injured display against Holland blinded people to that).
    Stop believing your own publicity … you are not John Terry… and if you think you are … then perhaps that potential will go unfulfilled.
    Potential yes … finished article no, in fact far short.. positional sense lets him down and his over fond use of the elbow (which usually follows swiftly after his poor positional sense)
    I bet N’Zogbias and Milners offers that they just signed was no better than the one taylor has refused.
    Anyway he should be grateful the club want to offer him improved terms so early as he is under contract until June 2009… and therefore presumably each week any new deal remains unsigned he is losing out … but doh .. what do you expect he is a footballer and they ain’t the brightest candles now are they. Wake up ST and Daddy … the club has changed … we no longer do our business on the back (or even worse the front) pages. Things have become professional … so hire one.
    Anyway it’s just the usual sparring that goes on … but just a shame he and his father think it a good idea to run to the press saying he is insulted and only ever wants to play for the toon…he is so badly done to… My heart bleeds for a poor hard up footballer … where else would he ever get the sort of money a week that is more most fans get a year.
    (I don’t like my pay rise offers some times but you know what wouldn’t run round the office telling everyone I’m badly done to and if they don’t offer me more I might just leave, or if somebody was doing a better job than me at the time I’d jump ship).
    So shut up Daddy Taylor and do you job (hey actually what is your job … oh your now your sons agent and living off him…)… in private with dignity or else take your ball home and not play with the nasty big boys. Tell your dad to shut up Steven, and perhaps find a really good agent who knows how to negotiate a deal properly (he really will know what other players get won’t he as he represents …. just you… coulkd that be a problem ST or you just trying to save a few pennies from you astrononical wages … however a good agent would pay for himself no doubt). I’m sure daddy has really endeared himself (and in turn you) to BSA and Mort with his little outburst to the press… and in the mean time knuckle down and concentrate on actually being in the starting 11 … as from what I’ve seen your at least 3rd choice CB this season!! (or possibly as far back as 5th if Faye and Beye, who can both play there, settle in and as as good as BSAs other signings.)
    You are not John Terry … he is the finished article … has been there and done it … so is on those sort of wages… you however have potential, but if you are convinced you have more then that then are unlikely to reach that peak as will not put in the effort or learn as you need to.
    Take a look at some of the other potential greats that have come and gone at your own club Steven. Think they are big time charlies don’t have to keep the high standards up and go through the motions. Well wake up ST as the times are a changing… the bling boys and wasters have all gone (well nearly all once baba is shipped out). This is a professional club… run by professionals (Mort is a leading and experience City Lawyer)… trying to do a professional job… and you have your Dad representing you (perhaps he’s a little too close to be objective and really knows how to negotiate … as how many other deals has he done … None other than your schoolboy terms and first contract).
    Get real, knuckle down, don’t believe the hype and show us what you are worth then perhaps next time you may get the pay day that somebody who has been there done that deserves.
    If you don’t like the new regime and professionalism and can’t take the heat … get out of the kitchen and join the other wasters as Spuds or wetSpam, as you wouldn’t get a first team look in at any of the other main title players.

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  • Hadji

    Sep 17, 2007 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #16

    We have 2 problems with ST
    1-Asking too much money
    2-Wants to be regular
    I think that the problem about his wage could be solvel somehow but to put him as a regular starter in the expense of Rozehnal,Cacapa,Beye,Faye its too early for that.
    How about loaning him to the teams who will fight against relegation this season:Derby County,Birmingham.
    Or to some of the teams who’ll fight for promotion:Southampton,Coventry,Watford,Charlton etc.

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  • Hadji

    Sep 17, 2007 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #17

    Jag25…..100% with you on this

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  • shearer 4 pm

    Sep 17, 2007 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #18

    i want taylor to stay but if he walks out because he doesn’t want t fight for a place then that is lazy i hope that he stays he deserves decent wages (he has earned them) luque didn’t but if he can’t fight for his place that i think is sealed anyway over cacapa then that is worth puting on 30k a week

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  • jag25

    Sep 17, 2007 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #19

    And a potential Mr Edmilson waiting in the wings to possibly join the toon revolution in January… perhaps ST is just not up for the fight??

    Is he getting his excuses out early for the fans… don’t believe all this I never want to play anywhere else NUFC through and through talk…(didn’t a certain Peter Beardsley make the same noises before leaving toon (seem to recall he even did a book called proud to be a geordie) ). Its more PR than anything else in my opinion.

    Hope the whole episode should be a wake up call to him to achieve his potential, having been in the comfort zone with the comedy defenders around him in the previous seasons making him look better than he is and drawing more attention to their howling gaffs than to the ones he made.
    (He was much as Bramble was responsible for the sorry exit in last years UEFA cup… and indeed should have walked early for the blatant trademark taylor elbow he ‘issued’).

    Do your talking on the pitch Steven and in training, and get an agent to do your business in place of your dad.

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  • Craig

    Sep 17, 2007 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #20

    5 years ago when steven taylor was playing for the acadamy a scout who i know told me that he had been told to watch him. Even then he was told by all he new in and around the club that both father and son were as arrogant and big headed as they come so i suppose this shouldn’t come as a suprise – i still dont think he’ll be away like!

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