Taylor Unhappy With Quit Story

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 – 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 – there’s absolutely no truth in it whatsoever.”

“Steven would never dream of making any demands on the manager – 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 – 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 – 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 😀

Comments welcome.

34 comments so far

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 17, 2007 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Storm in a tea-cup. Or should that be goldfish bowl?


    Sep 17, 2007 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Like your last comment lets just think about the football.

    People like to sell papers , whether you are a toon player or any other play. mis quotes etc etc.

    Taylor will sign a new contract in the week or so. He knows that , his dad knows that BSA knows that.

    Every player has to fight for his place and if they lose their place than we need to have people who can come in and be just as good or if not better than these people were when they were in form.

    Lets just back the team and take no notice of the rubbish which is just there to sell papers

  • Ed

    Sep 17, 2007 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #3

    its unfortunate – but fear sells better. thats why the papers write such fabricated rubbish.

    you would expect more from a local rag, though.

  • SW

    Sep 17, 2007 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Even if this story were true, I doubt many of us would want a player with that attitude on the team. I know I’d rather have a player who decides to train harder and play better if he isn’t starting.

    Either way, I’m unconcerned about Taylor’s situation. It will work out, this nonsense is to sell papers.

  • Obafan

    Sep 17, 2007 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Lots of crap about Taylor. Perhaps he is a bit in a sticky situation after not immediately signing a new deal, but I think at the end he will just renew his contract whether he plays or not. If there is a bit of truth in this story about willing to quit if he isn’t in the starting line-up, then get rid of him, because we don’t need that attitude anymore at the Toon and BSA won’t tolerate that. Cause we don’t want a new Dyer, Bellamy or Bowyer type in our team who always get negative things going at the club.

  • Magpie Neil

    Sep 17, 2007 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Lets face it Taylor is third choice now, but because he played so much last season and is a favourite with the fans his dad thinks he can hold the club to ransom.

    Lets hope there is no truth in the Sun story in the media today.

    As although Taylor shows a lot of promise he is nowhere near the finished article yet! He made mistakes in the Middlesbrough game this season and lets not forget his horrible performances in the latter stages of the UEFA Cup last season.

    Although in comparison to Bramble last season Taylor was a regular Maldini!

  • Craig Allen

    Sep 17, 2007 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #7

    goldfish bowl? sounds a bit like Jermaine Jenas lol

  • stk

    Sep 17, 2007 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #8

    london based journalism…. anyway the sun may pride itself on football coverage but theyre hardly reliable and like to sell to a gossip market. taylor wont move no way, and even if he’s third choice he’ll learn so much from cacapa and rozy and he probaby needs time tok learn his trade properly, so playing half the games will ultimately help him. he needs time after boumsong and bramble to learn how defendings done properly

  • Ste

    Sep 17, 2007 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Lazy presumptive journalists should rightly be named and shamed.
    Why isn’t there some kind of regulating body to reprimand these lying scumbags?

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 17, 2007 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #10

    Cos if there was we’d have nowt to talk about on here 😉


    Sep 17, 2007 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #11

    I do think they can get wrong for gossip.

    Its just feels like they see newcastle doing well down south and spurs etc not having that great of a season thus far so lets stick one on the geordies.

    Like you say Ed , local rags should know better !!!

    Lets just not give it the thought we are given , feel we know are team better that these numb nuts.

  • JJ

    Sep 17, 2007 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #12

    Love the mention of goldfish bowl… being a sports reporter I convered a dinner here in South Africa when Tottenham toured in preseason. I went up to Jermaine Jenas and asked him to “smile for the camera”, he responded by saying “must I say cheese”, to which I said, “no, rather say goldfish bowl”.
    He went completely red in the face while Robbie Keane and the rest of the Tottenham boys packed out laughing. I still have the photo which makes me laugh every time.
    I can tell you that selling Jenas was the second best thing (and only good things) Souness ever did for Newcastle. What a chop!

  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 17, 2007 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #13

    Here’s to a toon hat trick this week; i.e. a Newcastle win, another clean sheet and Steven Taylor signs his 5 year contract.

    We have to keep our better players and young Steven has a tremendous future with Newcastle and England……

  • JJ

    Sep 17, 2007 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #14

    As for journalism, if I fabricated the amount of nonsense that goes into the British tabloids I would be unemployed and in jail by now. It really is ridiculous what they do to sell papers!

  • Bill F

    Sep 17, 2007 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #15

    How is he 3rd choice? he hasn’t missed a game yet has he? Hate to point out obvious but modern football is a squad game, I don’t think any one will be moaning (players) later in season.

  • Magpie Neil

    Sep 17, 2007 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #16

    He’s been playing Taylor whilst Cacapa gets fit and used to the Premier league. Lets face it Rozenthal and Cacapa are our most experienced defenders in the middle. I cant see Sam dropping either of those two for Taylor when we meet the big boys.

    Taylor needs to be happy with a bit part role this season as he learns his trade from the more experienced defenders in the squad.

  • Darryl Money

    Sep 17, 2007 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #17

    I’d still prefer taylor too be playing. Atleast theres no Language barrier between him and Rozenhal. Cacapa can play RB if need be, or even have Taylor play RB, Better than Carr.


    Sep 17, 2007 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #18

    heard a rumour taylor is itching for a move to chelski and thinks he will get a place as chelski are hoping to strength their defence and taylor would be free to play in the champs league.

    Anyone else heard this rubbish ?

  • t-g-w

    Sep 17, 2007 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #19

    I think it’s a bit unresonable that people here choose to label Taylor as nothing more than a prospect, but then praise N’Zogbia and Milner. Surely all 3 players are going to get better over time? Therefore they should all be paid the same…

  • gordon

    Sep 17, 2007 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #20

    Why didnt taylor come out and say it himself instead of having a source close to him say it.

  • Tom_toon

    Sep 17, 2007 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #21

    Got Beye.

    And anyone know where i can stream the Derby game tonight. Preferably for free. Would be grateful, much love.

    Prediction: 3-0 Toon Win

  • Howie

    Sep 17, 2007 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #22

    go to footballstreaming.info and foolow the link to wm player

  • Tom_toon

    Sep 17, 2007 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #23


  • Bill F

    Sep 17, 2007 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #24

    Magpie Neil, Taylor has been playing against the big boys for some time and has not been overhadowed or overawed, as t-g-w points out he will get better but I don’t think he should be labelled as inexperienced. Perhaps Cacapa et al may end up as more regular choices but personally I still think Sam sees him as a regular first team choice and will play as often as anybody.

  • Tom_toon

    Sep 17, 2007 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #25

    any other sites? it isnt working for me

  • Pete

    Sep 17, 2007 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #26

    Southern journalists are scared of newcastle, they absolutley hated it when we were dubbed “the entertainers” by Sky, at the time it was just us and Man U – no chelsea, no arsenal. As always London thinks that they are the only city in england and expect that all the talk should be about their clubs

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 17, 2007 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #27

    Steve Harper’s just been on Sky Sports saying how much he’s enjoying his current run in the first team. Apparently tonight will be just his 100th appearance in 14 years at NUFC (including his time on loan).
    Well done Steve – top bloke. He really deserves to keep his place tonight. That said, I reckon Shay will probably get the Gooners game, and if he plays well then I think Harps will be warming the bench again.

  • Howie

    Sep 17, 2007 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #28

    sorry ye it was working earlier but i am gettting a problem aswell. fingers crossed it is back by 8pm

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 17, 2007 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #29

    Pete – what are you basing that opinion on? I’ve heard a few people saying the press are “out to get” the toon, or some such nonsense. The fact is that they write just as much twaddle about other high-profile clubs as they do the Toon (if not more). During the summer the papers were full of stuff about Fat Frankie and his missus/contract/dog/left testicle. It’s just that us lot are only ever interested in the stuff that’s written about us, and thanks to the interweb, whenever ever anything is written our attentions are immediately drawn to it.
    The thing is, the national press may be based in our capital city, but they do in fact recruit journalists from far and wide – not just eel-scoffing southern fairies. I know of at least one Geordie who writes for a very big newspaper, and I’d say there’s a very big chance he isn’t the only one.

  • Pete

    Sep 17, 2007 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #30

    Just because they come from here doesn;t mean Jack, Oliver anyone?

  • JoshI

    Sep 17, 2007 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #31

    Yerp ther is an internal error with footballstreaming.info, i dont know if it will be back in time, i used to know another 1 but ive forgotten no one know any alternatives?

  • Tom_toon

    Sep 17, 2007 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #32

    someone explain to me how i work footballstreaming please, what do i download what do i do?

  • david bulman

    Sep 18, 2007 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #33

    papers write rubbish to sell,the transfer window shut so they have to write something.cant see taylor going anywhere,hes a toon fan.id be more concerned about martins going as hes being treated shite by alllardyce,doesnt deserved to be dropped,should have played against derby with owen,think he will go in jan

  • magomu ryan

    Sep 18, 2007 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #34

    i watched our game against derby and trust me we really have to stop relying on just one wing wheree milner players.he wasnt doing really well when he was put on 11 and then 7 was really dead.how do we expect smith to handle right midfield.he was totally lost.the only time i saw him was when he got himself booked.i was only seeing taylor run upfront.we need Nzogbia back on his number thats 11.so that we can have both wings working and there we shall keep defenders on their feet.we need a left back quick.either enrique or babayaro.creativity is our big problem this season.all the lads in midfield are defensive.i gues we need joey back in the limelight as soon as he gets fit.thats wat really killed the game.we are good defensively but we need some good ball suppliers in the midfield to the strikers.now that we have westham next then arsenal and manchester city.this is going to be a real test for our team trust me.i know as soon as those terms are met we shall be a force but now,we still have alot to do.derby was a handful for us no doubt about that


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