Steven Taylor is understandably furious over reports he will quit Newcastle United if he is dropped for tonight’s match against Derby County.
But let’s get more specific than that â€“ the report came from Neil Farrington of the Sunday Sun yesterday.
We put out a report earlier this morning saying that we thought the story was pure hogwash.
Steven Taylor – upset by Sunday Sun story saying he would quit Newcastle if dropped tonight
It also doesn’t do Newcastle or Steven Taylor any favors, and it would be good if there was a little bit more responsibility with some of the football stories that get out. Taylor is rightly upset because he has already said he didn’t want to leave Newcastle and it’s obvious both the club and the fans want him to stay.
The Shields Gazette have been getting a few good stories over the last week and this morning are quoting a source close to Steven (probably his father Alf) as saying about the story:
“It’s nonsense â€“ there’s absolutely no truth in it whatsoever.”
“Steven would never dream of making any demands on the manager â€“ it’s his decision to pick the team, and his alone. Steven has always respected the manager’s decision, and always will.”
“To say today is D-Day is ridiculous. wants to stay,”
and the manager has gone on record saying he wants him to stay, so there’s no problem.
“This report is a complete fabrication, and very hurtful to Steven.
“Steven’s a Newcastle United supporter, and playing for the club means everything to him.”
“He has turned down the club’s first offer, but that’s normal in contract negotiations and Steven hopes to agree a new deal as quickly as possible.”
Well, you couldn’t get a much firmer response than that. We do think Steven is absolutely committed to Newcastle United and there’s not too much players can do about these stories once they are out. They can deny them as quickly as possible as they have done today – but damage will already have been done is some quarters.
Taylor â€“ who played at right-back against Wigan Athletic two weeks ago, will probably make way this evening at Derby for experienced Senegalese full-back Habib Beye, who was signed just before the transfer window closed on August 31st.
But we think Steven is a sensible lad and we are pleased to be able to put this news out. Every player at Newcastle, whoever they are, is not guaranteed a starting place at Newcastle. That even goes for captain Geremi, who, by his own admission understands he also needs to fight for his place and play well, otherwise he’s on the bench. A good example from the captain but we think Steven has already got that particular message.
In fact this could be good news for Newcastle because the mentality at the club has to change. It has to change to show that the teams’ results and performances are more important than any single individual. And of course is t has to change to a winning mentality â€“ which seems already happening under Big Sam’s influence. We expect contract talks between Taylor and the club to resume this week and we expect a positive outcome sooner rather than later.
Hey – let’s make sure we get 3 points tonight – that’s what’s important to the club right now 😀