What’s Going On With Taylor’s Newcastle Contract?

Steven Taylor has started to play extremely well for Newcastle in the last few games and we expect him to start with Claudio Cacapa tomorrow at the center of Newcastle’s defense against bottom-placed Derby County. But what’s going on with his contract?


Steven Taylor – playing against Holland for England Under-21s this summer

Two of our other 21 year-old young stars signed their contracts months ago. James Milner signed in mid-July, and Charles N’Zigbia signed in early September, Both contracts are long term will keep the boys at the Tyneside club for at least the next 5 years.

It was way back in early September when Alf Taylor, Steven’s father and acting as his son’s agent, rejected the initial offer from Newcastle. At the time Alf went to the media, and called the contract offer completely inadequate. Then Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort tried to quell the bad publicity surrounding the news, and said he would personally get involved in the negotiations.

But we haven’t heard anything more about it. Certainly, since that time Steven has started to play extremely well for the club, and remains one of Newcastle brightest prospects, and of course he is a local lad. Steven is captain of the England Under-21 team, and will likely remain in that role for the next 18 months through to the European Under-21 Championship finals in Sweden in the summer of 2009.

It turns out that Steven has 18 months left on his current contract at Newcastle, which is said to be around £10K/week. We’d really like to hear what the status is with Steven’s contract, although to Steven’s credit, he hasn’t let the dispute affect his play one little bit. But still, we’d like to have Steven tied up at Newcastle for at least the next 5 years. Other Premiership clubs like Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool would be only be too willing to take him off our hands, he’s that good of a prospect.

It would be appropriate at this time if the club can give us an update on the status of Steven’s contract negotiations.

What do you think?

Let us know – comments always welcome.

15 comments so far

  • scott 9

    Dec 22, 2007 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #1

    hurry up on get him to sign a contract it was out of order not giving him the same contract as milner and zog cause hes a local lad they have taken his loyalty for granted in my opinion be fair and give him a reasonable contract he will be worth it in the end the next tony adams.

  • billy

    Dec 22, 2007 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #2

    give the lad a decent contract in line with the rest of the team (not owen) saves us wasting millions on over rated so called defenders ie boumsong marcilino .

  • Hadrian

    Dec 22, 2007 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #3

    ummm , oba’s 13 mill clause aswell .

  • Marguerite

    Dec 22, 2007 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Agree 100% – the sooner he has a new contract the happier I will be.

  • Rob Kirton

    Dec 22, 2007 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Scott 9: I think you will find that Taylor has been offered a similar contract as Milner and N’Zogbia and he isn’t happy.

    We’ve been negotiating the new contract for about a year now. It all seems quite strange to me.

    We along with many other clubs, pay more to the forwards who tend to be the top dogs at the club.
    Of course we now live in a world where the likes of Rio Ferdinand and John Terry are top earners.

    It seems as though the club and Taylor are to some extent at odds over his worth to the team.

  • Marguerite

    Dec 22, 2007 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #6

    Are you sure your information is correct Rob? I understood that he is currently one of the lowest paid members of the team and even with the proposed increased salary, he would STILL be earning considerably less than Zog and Milner; as I undertood it, he feels he has earned the right to be paid a similar salary to them.

  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 22, 2007 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Rob – I think Steven was offered 1M/year – and they had given Milner 1.5M/year. But of course we’ll never know for sure. Of course Steven seems very happy at the club.

  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 22, 2007 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Marguerite – I’m with you on this one. 😀

  • Rob Kirton

    Dec 22, 2007 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #9

    Marguerite / Ed: I wasn’t aware of the fact that he has been offered less money than Milner / N’Zogbia. I didn’t get the chance to talk figures with ST :0), though I did get the chance to meet him about a year ago when the matter of a new contract was first mooted.

    Undoubtedly Taylor is currently one of the poorest paid members of the team, and a new contract is in order.

    It does seem like the old story of the players in the defence being the (relatively) poor relations, forwards / midfielders being top dogs

  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 22, 2007 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #10

    Rob, the other thing that looks bad with this – is that Steven’s a local lad.

  • Leo

    Dec 22, 2007 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #11

    taylor deserves soo much, and seemingly is been given soo little. why is this. maybe his dad alf is not a shrewd agent, maybe he should change to a professional…

  • glen

    Dec 22, 2007 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #12

    sort taylors contact out as far as im concerned 20k a week is more than satasfactory take oba martins clause out give owen a new contact and triosi, ramage, harper, beye and emre a new contact

  • Hadrian

    Dec 22, 2007 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #13

    tayls milner and zoggy need tobe on the same wage structure , or it will breed contempt and general put the squads wage structure out of balance , altho saint owen does a good job of that .

  • wiinds

    Dec 22, 2007 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #14

    babayaro left and his wage should be given to tay

  • Matthew Tom

    Dec 23, 2007 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #15

    The biggest problem I see with this is the fact that his dad is acting as his agent. Steven Taylor is a very good prospect, but it will only be natural for his dad to take the view that he’s the best young English defender to come on the scene since John Terry or even Tony Adams. No father can possibly take the same commercial view of the negotiations as a professional football agent could, and this to my mind is what is going to disrupt these negotiations for some time to come. The only good news is, presumably his dad’s as keen as he is to see him stay at Newcastle rather than play anywhere else, so perhaps less likely than a professional agent to encourage him to go after bigger bucks at Chelsea or somewhere else.


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