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

We’ve heard today that Newcastle are keen to tie down at least a couple of their stars players in Michael Owen and Oba Martins, but we still have no news on what the club plans to do with 22 year-old local lad Steven Taylor.


Steven Taylor – what’s status of his contract talks?

As a level set the club did say they wouldn’t talk about any new contracts until we were completely safe from relegation, which now seems to be the case. Of course there was a lot of ballyhoo last September when Steven’s father Alf, who is acting as his son’s agent, said that Newcastle’s offer to Steven just wasn’t good enough.

That amount was said to be £1M/year but it’s hard to know exactly what the details of anybody’s contract really are. However, it does look like both James Milner and Charles N’Zogbia, who are about the same age and have about the same number of games at the club, got better offers than Steven.

Taylor has come out many times to say he doesn’t want to play for any other club than Newcastle, so we’re at a bit of a loss as to why this thing has dragged on for so long. Chairman Chris Mort did say last September he would get personally involved to sort the contract out, but nothing has really happened since.

If all is OK we would expect news in the next week or so that the contract is being renegotiated. It doesn’t hurt Steven that he has been a regular under Kevin Keegan, and is now playing very solidly at the back with Abdoulaye Faye. And the team has also recorded 3 clean sheets in the last 5 games which augers very well for next season.

Steven of course was brought up in Whitley Bay and played for Monkseaton High School, and his parents moved to the area from Greenwich when he was just 2 weeks old – so we think he just about qualifies as a Geordie. 😀

We think Steven is a good lad and a potentially excellent player for Newcastle, and we’d like to see him signed sooner, rather than later.

What do you think?

Comments and opinions very welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Leo

    Apr 17, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #1

    if he scores against the unwashed then im sure he will instantly be offered a new contract, he has to.

    ballyhoo= what a word

  • Leo

    Apr 17, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #2

    3 first comments in a row by the way… cooldj where are you? haha

  • Eric

    Apr 17, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Pay Taylor the money Mabel! I think KK is getting some good out of him. OK he went to Newcastle when he was 2 weeks old – but heart and soul he is a geordie now surely? Anybody got any idea where his mam and dad were born? He obviously wants to sort out the Mackems. He knows what a mackem is too – that must count for something!

  • Spot The Zebra

    Apr 17, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Im sure Steven Taylors contract will be sorted out eventually but i think its common sense to prioritise.Theoretically the club could lose millions by not sorting Michael Owen and Obafemi Martins contracts out first.
    i.e. losing MO who we signed for 16? million on a free transfer in around 12 months and then losing OM because of a sell on clause.

  • Davies

    Apr 17, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #5

    He should be paid handsomely for his efforts. I don’t think he can attract the cash that EMO and Oba are being offered, but he’s worth more than a million a year (as strange as that is to say considering my own wages).

    It’s nice that he hasn’t been out in front of the journos to moan about it again as well.

  • staffsmag

    Apr 17, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Give him the contract – I can only see him going from strength to strength under KK. Davies liked the comment about the wages too!!! lol – know how you feel mate !

  • nightfall

    Apr 17, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #7

    perhaps they’re testing him with this delay…to see if he’s the man to captanise us in the future 🙂

  • Grant

    Apr 17, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #8

    Why give him the contract? He’s been a liability all season and besides, he’s got at least a year left on his current deal and he’s been whining about a new one for almost as long. He needs to get over himself and play his football. Everything can be sorted in the summer. That being said, I wouldn’t really bat an eye if he was told he could go.

  • ChrisL

    Apr 17, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #9

    Ed you said “However, it does look like both James Milner and Charles N’Zogbia, who are about the same age and have about the same number of games at the club, got better offers than Steven.”

    Why have you jumped to the conclusion that ‘it looks like Milner & N’Zogbia got better offers’?
    Surely the other likely possibility is that he was offered the same kind of deal but thought he was worth more then the other two accepted?

  • HonoraryGeordie

    Apr 17, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Ed said that because at the time that is exactly what Stevies dad said in the press, which is what pissed people off

  • ChrisL

    Apr 17, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Thanks ‘HonoraryGeordie’,
    But the way I remember it, his dad came out saying that “what the club had offered him was not enough compared to what some of the other players at the club were earning”.
    I was under the impression that this was aimed more at lazy arse players like Luque.
    I also seem to remember that what pissed people off about the whole thing (at the time) was that Taylor’s idiot farther had gone straight to the press, giving them the chance to drag the clubs name through the mud again. Just what we needed!

    But hey, my memory sucks from beer consumption.

  • Leo

    Apr 17, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #12

    i think he did also use luque as a comparison as well as charlie and jimmy.

    taylors dad is a cnut btw, no wonder the contract is taking soo long to get sorted, get a new agent tayls… ill not go into why i get this from daddy alfie

  • jonny

    Apr 17, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #13

    he supported middlesbrough when he was younger anyway, so we shouldnt pay him too much money as punishment

  • Obafan

    Apr 17, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #14

    Grant – I completely agree; if he wants this contract he sould prove that he deserves it. If that is the case (one more year left on his current contract) than he has next season to prove that he deserves his renewed offer. If at the end he thinks that is not fair and he does not want to sign the new contract next season, then a pity for him.

    I would not be surprised if they (board) consider to sell him in the summer whenever a good offer comes.

  • Scott Hodge

    Apr 17, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #15

    I wouldnt give him the 30k a week I’ve heard he wants and i would be happy to see if anyone makes an offer for him in summer. Though it hurts me to say i think he WILL get what he wants and I believe he may be allowed to stay at the club for the duration of his career. As I’ve said I was a fan of his but imo he hasnt developed as I thought he might and looks like he will be nothing more than an average defender. I once heard ” a good defender very rarely gets dirty as he stays on his feet and intecepts moves, a poor defender walks off dirty as he has been diving into challenges for 90 mins because he didnt anticiapte the move”, I believe this to be true in Taylor’s case !!

  • Rob Kirton

    Apr 17, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #16

    I know that the Taylor renegotiating contract thing has been going on for approximately two years. He still has a year to run. So what does this say?

    1. He agreed his previous contract and quickly wanted out, for a better deal; which is a little bit naughty.

    2. If the club want to keep him, they offer him the deal fairly soon, having saved paying him the extra dosh for the last two years.

    Happy smiley faces all around – eventually

    Then again they may not want to offer the deal he wants at all. ….

    There has been a policy at the club for one hell of a long time which rewards forwards more than anybody else. That is quite typical of a number of clubs, though things have changed of late at some clubs… think of John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Sol Campbell


    Apr 17, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #17

    Does that count for Stuart Pearce or Tony Adams who were usually filthy coming off after matches ?

    He has proved his qualities over the past 3 seasons not a few games like most of you judge your players on

  • clinta

    Apr 18, 2008 at 2:23 AM

    Comment #18

    is strange that there’s been talk about sorting out players already at the club before looking else were aka ‘ owen’ and no mention of steve.

    some people on this blog aren’t his biggest fans, but i don’t know who you’d get i to replace such a young talented player with this much pl experience??

  • bailey

    Apr 18, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #19

    I think he is damn lucky to be getting anything. So overrated. Did you see his feigned heart attack posture again last week after his “handball”.
    Anyone in any doubt about this excuse for a footballer should attend a Peter Beardsley talk in and see what a real expert thinks about Taylor.

  • Scott Hodge

    Apr 18, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Taylor might be a nice kid I dont know him personally. What I can say is that about 8 out of 10 fans who I have spoken to, many who travel home and away, have the same opinion of him. He seems to have a big ego too. If he could just cut out the costly errors and keep his head down and his mouth shut, things might change for the better !


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