Still No Contract Talks For Steven Taylor

There is a story ion the Sun today that Steven Taylor is ready to see out the remaining year of his current deal before leaving Newcastle United on a free transfer next summer.


Steven Taylor – upset by no contract talks?

The Sun says the England Under-21 captain is not happy at the lack of contract talks with the club, and that he is prepared to walk out as a free agent next summer, if nothing is sorted out soon.

We don’t think there’s any real new news on this, since there are no new statements from Steven or his father Alf.  It’s just that nothing is happening with Steven’s contract, and that’s worrying.

His new agent Leon Angel held preliminary talks with Vice-President of Player Recruitment, Tony Jimenez, in early May in London, but there has been no subsequent news on how they went. or what happened.

Taylor, 22, has said repeatedly that he wants to stay on Tyneside but he has one year left on his contract, and wants a new improved contract.

Not surprisingly Aston Villa, Everton and Portsmouth are all keeping tabs on the situation and if Newcastle don’t sort out a new contract in the summer, Steven can start talking to other clubs in January.

Since he is under 24 years old, Newcastle would still get compensation, if he moved on a free transfer, but it would be a lot less than his real transfer value.

We think Newcastle have to get busy, and strike a deal with Steven Taylor, and while they’re doing that, let’s also ensure we sign Michael Owen to a new contract.

There’s absolutely no reason we know of, why the club should not be in negotiations with these two important players right now.

Come on Newcastle, we have to move to get these two players signed up.

Comments welcome.

35 comments so far

  • scott9

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #1

    i dont belive this story but come on ashley get it f*ckin sorted now i first priorities before bringing anyone inot the club shud be tieing owen and taylor dwn to long term contracts

  • Greek Toon

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #2

    At 22 he should be realising his potential now and appears to be falling short of top class. By all means I think he should be offered a new improved contract but on sensible terms.

  • Toon_Ksk

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #3

    The Sun,

    Enough said.

  • Ian

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #4

    I am starting to wonder if we should sell him, if he is worth £8m see if someone will pay it, I get the feeling that he values himself more highly than the club, I may be wrong, but if he was aking for a fair wage I think they would have tied him down by now, only Owen who is asking for £110,000 per week and taylor arent tied down, that must say something for the amounts he is asking for.
    If that is the case put him on sale for £8m, if he doesnt sell then use that to negotiate a realistic contract and put an end to any daft notions he may have. If he does sell then it has been a succesful product of the club and hope we can produce more like him in the future.

  • Kash2

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #5

    The kids on holiday before he jets back in for Sholas wedding either this weekend or next. My mate is DJing at Sholas wedding. We’re trying to get him to sing:
    “Premier League striker, you’re having a laugh!”

  • Keith

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #6

    Taylor is relying on the tag Geordie and local bias support for his new “huge” deal – however he is not negotiating with fans but a sound management team who have seen and valued him according to his play.

    Similarly in reality he would not get a mega deal from any other club, it would be a middle of the road contract – I suggest he steps outside of his oversized boots he obviously see’s himself wearing and signs on mildly better terms. If not sell him – he can be replaced by a cast of thousands

  • ronaldeano

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #7

    Ed, that papers articles about the toon are as reliable as Amy Winehouses makeup artist. They hate us, so why bother reading into their rubbish

  • Eric

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #8

    Who does Taylor really want to play for? Is it NUFC or is it himself? Contract negotiations must be under way surely? Looks like another piece of gutter press needling and wheedling of our club and its players.

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #9

    This is just refried press pap!..
    …They love it don’t they?..

  • Marc

    Jun 5, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #10

    He is a decent centrehalf at the moment but that is all and that should be reflected in his salary

  • Davies

    Jun 5, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #11

    To be fair, this should have een sorted out ages ago.

    Say what you want about others being ready to replace him, but he’s passionate about his team and his work rate is excellent. He will only grow with experience.

    Yes, he has made his share of mistakes on the pitch, but what player hasn’t. I do take Ian’s point about his value etc, but I think it is important to have somebody in black and white that is actually a geordie (even if he was born in London!). Give the poor bastard a pay rise FFS, even if it’s just a little one.

  • Graham

    Jun 5, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #12

    Before everyone gets up in arms again over contracts, look at the facts…

    Most of the footballing world is either on holiday or getting ready for the European champs. Keegan is away for at least another week and so is Taylor so what’s gonna happen?

    The Sun are reporting this so its certainly not worth the paper its written on.

    Taylor wants to stay and initial discussions have taken place (so that means NUFC want him to stay too)

    I reckon both Taylor and Owens contracts will be sorted by mid July at the latest and we’ll all be wondering what the fuss was about.

    Calm down everyone – its a private matter between club and player and will be sorted soon

  • neeraj

    Jun 5, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #13

    now he’s one player i would love to see in a black and white shirt, more than any other player,

    he’s just 22, he’s bound to make some error in central back now (you can take this as an excus for enrique but not for him), but with a world class defender playing with him rite now could see him grow into a very mature defender, and this is probably his first summer brk in 3yrs, the guys got to be sour.
    i also feel he was our best player after beye, last season you cant see it because of 66 goals conceded, but think the kind of central defenders he has partnered in that year

    and also feye.

    so i wld love to see him playing for newcastle more than any other player, but ofcorse with a better defender….
    some one i say with proven prem quality rather than a hyped foreign player this is a mistake we do every yr

  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 5, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #14

    graham- taylor and keegan wont be the ones worting the contracts so tht dnt make any diffrence, thts why taylor has an AGENT and thts why we hav the likes of JIMINEZ and co so them being on holiday is neither here nor there

  • Leo

    Jun 5, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #15

    keith want to take something from what you said

    “Taylor is relying on the tag Geordie and local bias support for his new “huge” deal – however he is not negotiating with fans but a sound management team who have seen and valued him according to his play”

    you can look at that the other way around though, newcastle are using his geordie tag to ensure that they give him the smallest deal possible i was told he is only currently on 8k a week, i know it sounds great to alot of us but compared to many players of his standard in the premiership its peanuts

    they only offered him 10k in his new deal, compared to charlie and jimmy who are getting something like 30k a week…

    its not fair on him at all

  • bailey

    Jun 5, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #16

    Made my feelings known about Taylor before.
    Move him on. Yes it is the Sun but whether story is right or wrong he still is not worth so much space. I know people who come into contact with him and they say his ego/arrogance has to be seen to be believed.

  • ToonKing

    Jun 5, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #17

    he’ll sign eventually , no doubt about that.

  • Graham

    Jun 5, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #18

    Geordie Nick – who the hell is gonna sign the f*$*@?g contract? Has Taylor got someone to that for him as well

    I know that Taylor has an agent, and that Jiminwz will be involved but you need to get the player involved as well

    Taylor has a new agent and whatever was said before with his dad means nowt

  • Bill F

    Jun 5, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #19

    Is this an example of the much publicised stability. People keep saying that nothing can be done because of the “Holidays” surely a well run club is never on “Holiday” This contract business has been going on for about a year. If it was me and I was a little paranoid I would be wondering if I was wanted at the club. Other well run stable clubs seem to manage why can’t ours. I am more than a little (TM Leo)


    Jun 5, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #20

    No bid for young talent,after some wigan averge player and wont meet arda’s asking price.4 people working on gettin in talent and none on the horizon.

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 5, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #21

    Aye bill,
    but other teams might be on vacation…
    …I bet most are, specially the players!..
    & they’re the ones that actually sign!..

    …& a lot of players are warming up for the euro champs!..

  • disbury84

    Jun 5, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #22

    taylor is probably on round £12k to £15k with all other first team defender on around £30-40 probably just wants something on level with that which is fair enough.

  • Graham

    Jun 5, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #23

    THELONGSHANKS – is £250m not spending? We would have been tits up in administration had it not been for Ashley and probably with a points deduction going into the new season.

    Get a grip on reality man!

  • Bill F

    Jun 5, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #24

    Punk Skunk in this day and age I would doubt if the players and management are ever out of contact and I would be very surprised if MA and KK do not speak on a daily basis. Especially as this is the time of year when the transfer work should be gathering momentum.
    Having said that the work on all the of the outstanding issues shouldn’t just be left in abeyance especially a players future, if we want a succesful club.
    Does what I have just said make sense?

  • Keith

    Jun 5, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #25

    Leo – I dont believe Ashley et al would even begin to include parochialism in their thoughts when negotiating, however it is clear from local reports and quotes direct from Taylor (accepted not this individual report) he is trying to garner local support.

    Ashley et al see straight through this – remember Ashley is a businessman he will not either (i) Offer a poor deal as he would not want to see him leave for less than he is worth come January (ii) be forced into writing a 5 year cheque for taylor over his value. Every decision they are making is first rate IMO

    From a personal point of view, business aside: If you look at the league – would you not agree Taylor could be replaced by any centre back from any Premier league team and we wouldn’t notice a difference – and I am not convinced we can get top 6 with him in it?

    I believe that he plays without awareness of his back line and often costs us dear.

    Therefore the only assumption I can draw is that (over a 5 year period with new players coming in) he is a squad player that should be on a squad players salary.

  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 5, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #26

    graham- he can sign contract when he gets back cant he, point i am making is negotiations dnt stop because hes on holiday, his new agent has already met with jiminez couple of months back, the deal could be sorted out while hes on holiday so he just needs to sign the dotted line when he comes back

  • 9 Shearer

    Jun 5, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #27

    Newcastle board room hasnt yet sorted out but everything wil be fine contracts wil b signed and new players wil come

  • brian

    Jun 5, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #28

    Ignoring whatever any media reports say about the situation, I am shocked that it is June and they haven’t signed Taylor up yet.

  • Ian

    Jun 5, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #29

    Taylor may have ballsed the whole thing up, Keegan is much tougher than people think, he is absolutely ruthless in the transfer markets.
    Taylor has rallied noise etc from the press and from somewhere an £8m value has emerged, is Taylor worth more than a £8m transfer fee and the wage he is attempting to get to Newcastle?

    Now the club may be thinking if someone is daft enough to pay £8m for him we could buy three defenders with that money and one top one with our original budget who we thought we couldnt afford before!!

    If someone pays £8m for him he will have to perform. He is cheered at Newcastle nearly all of the time and let off when he makes a mistake.

  • faustino

    Jun 5, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #30

    Where’s this 8 million figure from mwa hahahaahaha If he’s worth 8 mil it’s no wonder we can’t buy any players!

    Fact is KK is on holiday until the middle of next week which will be when we’ll see things happen contract wise for both Owen and Taylor.

    This is just itchy trigger finger journalists panicking cos we’ve not done anything yet. They will have been shaping up to mock us for spending like Paris Hilton in Harrods. The problem is we haven’t and they’ve got nothing to say other than re-hash the last here-say, rumour rubbish that they ran to try and lend credibilty to their own fiction.

  • oga

    Jun 5, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #31

    I’m honestly not bothered if we lose him. We’ve been concentrating on him for the last 3 seasons, and he’s harldy improved. If he goes at the end of next season its not a massive loss; seeing as we have Kadar, Tozer and Edgar all waiting in the wings. If we ease some of them in this season, then I’m sure they’ll be on the same level Taylors currently playing at.

    I believe Keith is right on this one. The fans have inflated his ego because he’s a local lad.

  • Ian

    Jun 5, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #32

    It may be on hold as keegans first signing is rumoured to be Nikola Zigic (a striker) but we may be sending a defender the other way if rumours are to be believed, it wont be Taylor but possibly it may hold up contract talks, if they dont send the defender the other way, possibly they may sell taylor to fund better players elsewhere.

    Zigic has a very mixed striker performance.

  • Grant

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #33

    Some Championship team is really happy at this news. Once Taylor plays worthy of a contract he’ll get a new one I’m sure. Too many people are blinded by the Geordie connection. The simple fact is that he hasn’t played well enough to warrant a new contract.

  • Ross

    Jun 5, 2008 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #34

    Kash2, shola’s mam did the catering at my cousins wedding, i was half tempted to tell her what i thought as she handed me some random chicken dish but i bit my tongue.
    the chicken was far more satisfying than shola with a ball at his feet anyway.

  • sc

    Jun 7, 2008 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #35

    Shola got married this weekend, my mate is a good mate of his, and attended the wedding.. Theyre all off to Sweden for the stag do(after the wedding) FACT


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