Steven Taylor Ready to Leave Newcastle

Steven Taylor has surprisingly told the Sunday Mirror that if there is no offer to him on the table by this summer, he will have to look at his options and maybe leave the club.


Steven Taylor
– frustrated at lack of a contract offer

When talks broke down early last September then Chairman Chris Mort said he would get personally involved to sort out the contract for Steven.

Both James Milner and Charles N’Zogbia signed their 5 year extended contracts early in the season, but apparently the contract offered to Steven was not as lucrative as the other two. Steven’s father Alf, acting as Steven’s agent, balked at the offer which was reported to be £1M/year.

The England Under-21 international is very keen to remain on Tyne-side, and remain with the club he has supported all his life, but a deal has still to be agreed and the longer this goes the worse it starts to look.

Steve Taylor told the Sunday Mirror today:

“I have heard nothing at all about a new contract,” “It is up to the chairman to offer me one, but the longer it goes without any feedback the more concerned I’m becoming.”

“Kevin Keegan has been fantastic to me since he came in,” “But I don’t think this is down to him.” “It has to be sorted out by the people upstairs. There has been a lack of contact.”

“My dad has been mucked about. Meetings have been canceled. For things to have dragged on this long is a joke.”

“The longer I hear nothing the more I fear they will want to sell me. If there is no offer on the table by the summer, then I will have no choice but to look at my options.”

We’d like Steven Taylor to stay at the club – because what Kevin Keegan has already said is that the local boys are like gold dust at the club, and we don’t have many left. They come in every day and work their tails off for the club and are so good to have around, according to the manager.

Steven is also not a bad player, although he still has much to learn, but being captain of the England Under-21 side is not bad at his age.

We’d like to see Chris Mort sort this out – and offer a suitable contract to Steven – as soon as possible.

Comments welcome.

46 comments so far

  • Ian

    Mar 2, 2008 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #1

    The mistake of making your Dad your manager, stupid move by Taylor, he will get an offer anyhow, so he is best not stamping his feet again.

  • micknufc

    Mar 2, 2008 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #2

    let him go then,he thinks he,s a lot better than us lot watching his histrioncs on the pitch anyway

  • paulthepom

    Mar 2, 2008 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #3

    sell him he’s shite.the only reason people like him is because he came through the ranks.look how many goals we have conceded because he loses concentration and gets out of position.probably not worth any more than he’s been offered.if you sold him you would get 6 mill,add another 6 and go and by world class.

  • AlexW

    Mar 2, 2008 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #4

    wud obviously like him t stay but e wnt be the biggest of losses

  • bring back titus

    Mar 2, 2008 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #5

    he should read between the lines. by being part of a defence that has conceeded so many goals, his chances of getting a new contract are slim. he needs to improve or move on, and it wont be to a big club

  • adam

    Mar 3, 2008 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #6

    he should read between the lines. by being part of a defence that has conceeded so many goals, the chances of getting a contract are slim. he has to improve or move on. and if he does move it will be to a small team.

  • Toooooooooooooooooon

    Mar 3, 2008 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #7

    he make some major mistakes, but i still prefer him to stay with the club. why do good players always go out and average players come in?

  • ObaFan2

    Mar 3, 2008 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #8

    ? Spitting your dummy out isn’t going to help, we need the club to unite and this doesn’t sound right at this time when we have such a poor defence leaking goals right left n centre.

    “He still has alot to learn” is repeated about him all the time and is so true. I also think that he thinks he is better than he actually is.

    I’d certainly like local players in the team but not at any cost, I mean I’d pay them for a chance to play football for the Toon fgs!

    A bit of loyalty wouldn’t go amiss instead of rats jumping from the sinking ship!

    Taylor, quit your whining and concentrate for 90 minutes a week and then maybe you’d earn a decent contract.

  • bailey

    Mar 3, 2008 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #9


  • CJ

    Mar 3, 2008 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #10

    If you had said to me he might leave last season i would have been gutted but watching him this season he has had to many poor games and has made to many mistakes and by what i have heard he is an aroggant big head and obviously greedy he has got 17 months left on his contract so why is he kicking up a fuss it is all about money. Watching David Whaeater play he is miles ahead of Taylor and he has just broken into the Smoggies firts team in the last 12 months. I say if we can get 5mil for him let him go.

  • CJ

    Mar 3, 2008 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #11

    It looks as though Steven (moneybags) Taylor has been getting tips from Tit Bramble on how to defend and how to specialize in every clearance going to the opposition.

  • obafemimartins

    Mar 3, 2008 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #12

    i followed the link the actim indices that ed put on the other page and bramble is something like 65th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! how the f**k is he 65th?

  • richie

    Mar 3, 2008 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #13

    he has to stay, i see him as a future england captain in 5 or 6 years

  • Mac

    Mar 3, 2008 at 2:17 AM

    Comment #14

    Honestly,Let him go je really isn’t that good,yes he’s a local boy and yes he’s a defender but believe me we can do so much better. Sell him in the summer

  • Callum

    Mar 3, 2008 at 3:38 AM

    Comment #15

    Let him go – no room for babies on this train

  • ende

    Mar 3, 2008 at 4:52 AM

    Comment #16

    Yeah, let’s get rid of young Steven in order to make way for all the other quality defenders who are just lining up to join the club.

  • geordie_jordan

    Mar 3, 2008 at 5:09 AM

    Comment #17

    feeling positive today. here are some things to take away from this season!
    1) king kev is back, i know some out there don’t feel he is the man for the job, but i do. and we are starting to play some nice football finally.
    2) we have found a RB and LB (maybe)
    3) that’s about it!

    if owen has more games like saturday we will need to re-evaluate the famous “if owen gets service he will score goals” line that we all trot out when he’s in a slump.

  • Len

    Mar 3, 2008 at 5:51 AM

    Comment #18

    Local boy turns down 1 million a year to play for the Toon. Class act. Thats more money than the people who pay his wages will see in a lifetime. So if this is just about business then both Zog and Milner are contributing more than Taylor and I cant see anyone else paying him more than that. Olly Bernard all over again.

  • hanzemre

    Mar 3, 2008 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #19

    yeah agree with all that Steven Taylor is overrated as he prones to making stupid mistakes/out of position/no marking at crucial times (though he also saved us alot ) but still can become a better CB if he wants to stay & learn fast. If it’s about money than he may go ASAP as we don’t want any overpaid players (base on current performance) in the future nomore.But for now he can have a break & let’s another youths like Kadar/Edgar to compete with him for the 1st team place.

  • arctoa

    Mar 3, 2008 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #20

    He’s been rather iffy since going away with the full England squad. I think he needs someone (or something) to firmly put him back in his place, or he is going to come off the rails completely.

    Stuff like this should not be getting placed in the papers, whether he feels this way or not. Going public isn’t the answer, especially when his form has been awful: it’s another bad PR move by the lad and if he’s not careful he’ll end up alienating himself from the supporters, at which point he’ll be well buggered.

  • Spot The Zebra

    Mar 3, 2008 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #21

    Steven, as the club you reportedly love is slipping ever closer to relegation i suggest that now is not the time to be making noises about personal contracts.

  • elfer

    Mar 3, 2008 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #22

    I agree 100%, it’s absolutely NOT the time to talk about contracts and it doesn’t help the spirit now! Stupid act from you, taylor (may cost you?).

  • Paul

    Mar 3, 2008 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #23

    Taylor thinks he is a better player than he is. He is like Ameobi showed promiss but has never progressed. Not a bad player to have in the club but not an automatic first choice which should reflect in his wages.

  • Nick Dryden

    Mar 3, 2008 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #24

    No loss. he’s a geordie bramble. Edgar is a way better player

  • ToonKing

    Mar 3, 2008 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #25

    bye bye Stevie, take care.

  • Nobby's dad

    Mar 3, 2008 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #26

    Have to agree with Paul. I can remember watching Taylor at 16 in the youth side. He has honestly not improved that much in the intervening 6 years.

    Doesn’t seem to learn and often looks uncomfortable when on the ball.

  • Doctapaul

    Mar 3, 2008 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #27

    Putting sentiment aside, Newcastle could sell any player and it would be no big deal. The whole squad should have the mindset that they are playing for their places next season, especially those on £60K+ per week.

    We’ve changed ownership, we’ve changed managers, we’ve changed coaches, we’ve changed tactics (for the better!). We are now at a time where those on the pitch are the only things we haven’t changed.

  • Chicken

    Mar 3, 2008 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #28

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the lad needs a f**kin rocket up his arse.

    How many times does he make a complete twat of himself and then just laugh it off? Too many in my book.

    The trouble is there’s no one in the team to do that – I suppose it should be Nicky Butt’s or maybe even JB’s job – but no one really seems to care enough about the club or each other to say something.

    We need a Schmiechel or a Roy Keane – someone who is gonna go fkin mental when he fks up – then hopefully he’ll think twice about doing it again – instead of having a giggle and then getting an arm around the shoulder from Mr Motivator.

  • Rich

    Mar 3, 2008 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #29

    Hes shite anyway, over rated will never be the player he thinks he will be!

  • Graeme

    Mar 3, 2008 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #30

    Be a shame to see him leave, but not the end off the world. I think he may just get a sharp reality check when his daddy goes looking for a new job for him!!!!

    Taxi for Mr Taylor!!!!

  • ronaldeano

    Mar 3, 2008 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #31

    The amount of goals we have conceded this season is terible. Taylor has been playing every game? I reacon that Taylor would want to play first team football at Newcastle next season under KK, but i think KK and the board have talked and are ready to scour the world for 2 world class centre halves. If Taylor gets a new contract, he will be a back up player on the bench every game. We need world class defenders.

    I hope they do give him a contract because Taylor would be a good back up player under 2 BETTER centre halves, he would also LEARN from them

    His heart is at the toon and he will always do his best, but we need better quality at the back

  • ronaldeano

    Mar 3, 2008 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #32

    We dont need to sell taylor, but we do need to buy at least 2 better defenders

  • Paul R

    Mar 3, 2008 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #33

    how much more depressig can things get … players leaving relegation looming 3 points above the relegation zone oh and liverpool away up next … marvellous I can see us sinking more and more !! steve taylor would be excellent in the championship which is where we going if things dont improve asap ! because i think by the next time we play at home we could well be 3rd bottom after 2 games away and no points ?? we so need fulham sunderland and reading at home !! LETS PRAY ABOUT THAT STUFF THATS WHATS IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW!! CONTRACT TALKS DO NOT MATTER AT PRESENT AND IF TAYLOR CARED ABOUT THE CLUB AS MUCH AS HE SAYS HE WOULD KNOW THIS AND SAY LETS STAY UP FIRST !! ITS ALL JUST GREED !!


    Mar 3, 2008 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #34

    sign him on i say, but he is bench material at best, we need a top class center back to play along side faye.

  • dougnufc

    Mar 3, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #35

    Apparently, Arsenal, Liverpool are looking to sign him..

  • Bill F

    Mar 3, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #36

    I have seen many players come and go over the years but we still endure as a club. Some good some bad, some we wanted to keep others we were happy to see the back of. If he goes then some one else (hopefully better, not to hard there) will take his place.
    One thing is certain is the Toon faithful willl always be there through the good times (one day) and the bad.

    One player does not and never will make a team, Gerrard nearly left Liverpool last year and Terry is being mooted to laeve Chelsea so I don’t think the loss of Taylor would be a big deal.

  • Mr T

    Mar 3, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #37

    I used to be big on Taylor, I’m not anymore. His attitude stinks!!

    Only £1m a year? jesus, I wouldn’t get out of bed for less than three times that! Especially for a club I follow?!?!

    We shouldn’t be held to ransome by egotistical maniacs like the Taylor family appear to be. Give me Edgar and bring back Huntington over him anyday. Leeds might be willing to swap?!

  • Michael

    Mar 3, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #38

    Sell him. He has performed poorly this season. Those of you who are insisting he stay, demonstrate that Newcastle fans are afraid of change.

    You would want the same old rubbish just because it is dear to you. Get this guy a cab, and stuff Keegan in it too.

  • ronaldeano

    Mar 3, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #39


    Get behind Keegan and the lads or piss off on to a Red n White blog


  • Doctapaul

    Mar 3, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #40

    Steve Taylor gives 100%.

    He’s a Geordie and a Newcastle supporter.

    He’s still playing for U21s !!!! He’s captain and considered to be one of the best prospects in UK in a position that most people reach their peak in late 20s. I suggest we are being somewhat impatient and have expectations that are too high. Overall, has any defender performed better than Taylor. I’ve seen Faye slip on his backside. Baye is at his peak now and is still adjusting to the physical aspects (Re Carew) and pace (re Ronaldo) of Premiership. Cacapa (since Pompeii) has improved.

    let’s stay cool huh?


You must log in to post a comment.