It looks like Steven Taylor has annoyed Newcastle United officials with his recent comments criticizing them for the lack of progress over a new contract.
Steven Taylor – has to forget about his contract for now
The England Under-21 captain appears to have tried to put pressure on the Newcastle Chairman and Board, at exactly the wrong time. Most everybody at the club are more concerned about how to avoid relegation right now, than anything else.
The 22-year-oldâ€™s current deal has another 15 months to run so there is time to renegotiate in the summer. Of course one thing very relevant in those negotiations is whether weâ€™ll be in the Premier League next season.
It will be a massive money loss for the club if we get relegated, because teams in the Premier League get a massive Â£40M from the worldwide TV market that has the games live on TV in most countries of the world.
We think Steven was offered Â£20K/week last September and that was only a few weeks after James Milner signed a deal at Â£30K/week, so we think Steven had some reason to balk.
But now is not the time to bring this up, as itâ€™s all hands to the pump these days to avoid relegation.
Steven has said:
â€œI am 100% committed to Newcastle United and donâ€™t see myself playing for any other football club.â€
â€œThis is where I want to play my football. Iâ€™m happy here, and working with Kevin Keegan is fantastic.â€
â€œI used to watch Keeganâ€™s teams play from the stands with my dad and itâ€™s a dream come true to play for him.â€
Good words from Steven.
Some advice to young Taylor â€“ donâ€™t even think about your contract fro the rest of the season but be 100% committed to saving the Newcastle club from relegation – just like everybody else connected to the club we all love.