Ashley Steps In To Sort Out Taylor Contract

The Sunday Mirror yesterday, reported that owner Mike Ashley has intervened personally in the Steven Taylor contract dispute.


Steven Taylor – Ashley stood by young Taylor

Apparently Mike Ashley has instructed the club’s new Managing Director, Derek Llambias, to make Taylor’s contract a top priority at the club.

Taylor is a good player, and at just 22 years old, his best years are ahead of him, and if he did become available, there would be many top clubs after him.

But Steven has said repeatedly he would like to stay at his home town club, and apparently he was very pleased with the developments, and the fact the owner stepped in personally, to solve his contract difficulties.

Steven will be offered a 3 year deal worth £30K/week.

Negotiations between Taylor’s representatives and Newcastle had come to a standstill last September, and negotiations only started up again in early May.

A Newcastle insider told the Sunday Mirror:

“Mike Ashley let Steven Taylor know he wanted him to stay and that meant a lot to the player. “

“The lack of contract activity over the past year left Taylor feeling he was being forced out of the only club he wanted to play for.”

“With Ashley committing Newcastle to a major wage reduction policy it was a bad time to be negotiating a new contract.”

“But the owner gave his managing director Derek Llambias and his negotiator Tony Jiminez the go-ahead to make Taylor an exception.”

“Things are now moving towards a satisfactory conclusion on a three-year deal and it looks likely that Taylor will sign a new contract when he returns from holiday.”

“It makes a lot of sense for the club to secure the future of a player who is on the fringe of the England team.”

“In six months’ time he could have agreed a deal to move on and Newcastle wouldn’t have got a penny.”

“And Ashley doesn’t have to break the bank to keep Taylor.”

“Even with his new deal he will still only be on half what the likes of Alan Smith, Damien Duff and Joey Barton earn.”

Taylor was earning less than £10K a week on his old contract, but the new offer will give him parity with fellow young players such as Charles N’Zogbia and James Milner, who both earn about £30K a week.

Our information last September was that both Charles and James were offered £30K/week deals yet Steven was offered only a £20K/week deal, which he refused.

I’m not sure we can blame him for that, because he would have known what the other two were getting, and he was on parity with them on the field – and they were our best three youngsters at the club.

Why we just didn’t offer Steven what he knew Charles and James were getting last September, and get him signed up, we’ll never know.

But the right thing has now been done, if indeed this report is true. But why we had to wait 10 months to sort this out, is a complete mystery to us.

And we think Smith, Duff and Barton may all be gone by the end of August, depending if we can get good, younger replacements in for them.

They’re not worth the money we pay them, based on last season’s form. The only one that is would be Joey Barton, but he’s in a mess he’s made all on his own.

If we replace Smith, Duff and Barton, with appropriate good and possibly younger replacements, that would be excellent for both the squad long term, and the wage bill.

This also augers well for our captain, Michael Owen, because we think Ashley will also make an exception for Michael, and Kevin Keegan will ask that he do that, you can be sure of that.

It will also help greatly if Mike doesn’t have to pay Smith, Barton and Duff their exorbitant wages next season.

Comments welcome.

65 comments so far

  • cooldj

    Jun 23, 2008 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #1

    wall virginity. 30k is a good wage for taylor. lets get him on a long term one! don’t often see articles at this time do we???

  • richie

    Jun 23, 2008 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #2

    id love barton to be playin next season for us

  • Piers

    Jun 23, 2008 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #3

    Sounds Good…..its a necessity to lock the future stars up! Get it done.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 23, 2008 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #4

    Future star? Future bench player, future being next season!

  • Matthew

    Jun 23, 2008 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #5

    There was an interview with Allardyce at the time on Newcastle World where he said Taylor was offered the same as players of similar age and experience were signed up to, which to me suggests the same as the deals Milner and N’Zogbia signed in the summer.

    Taylor tried to be greedy and the club called his bluff, he’s now having to except similar terms but it’s cost him over £1 million in wages by trying to be clever.

  • dcbashore

    Jun 23, 2008 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #6

    Don’t get me wrong, I hope Taylor re-signs and stays and continues to improve. But what good is a wage structure if you’re making exceptions to break it?

  • tam toon

    Jun 23, 2008 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #7

    The Newcastle insider does not exist. Anal Oliver tried to suggest there was one. Yeah maybe then but he must have been sacked as Anal has no exclusives now. Ashley has a policy of letting people know knob all about his business. Any insider crack is total bull. Talent wise Taylor is worth 20,000 if n’zog is 30,000. 50% better player simple maths. Attitudes —well thats another blog!

  • Matthew

    Jun 23, 2008 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #8

    Off topic but does anyone know what day Barton’s trial starts? End of June is all I know.

  • Leo

    Jun 23, 2008 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #9

    oh tom toon, you dont rate him? why is that? because he is english…

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 23, 2008 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #10

    Dont be so silly, there are many english players i rate.

    Taylor is just overrated, his positioning in defence is awful.

  • Yahya Ahmad

    Jun 23, 2008 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #11

    Hope we can sign Pablo Aimar 2moro!

  • Yahya Ahmad

    Jun 23, 2008 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #12

    Its a good thing to see that Mike Ashley is trying to do help out with the club!

  • Yahya Ahmad

    Jun 23, 2008 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #13

    Its a good thing to see that Mike Ashley is trying to do help out with the club!

  • Yahya Ahmad

    Jun 23, 2008 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #14

    I am going to sleep now, and getting excited to wake up and see if we are linked a with a player! lol

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 23, 2008 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #15

    Taylor is nothing special bit like Milner just another average player on our honest lads if he left would we really be bothered.

    I am just waiting to see the pile of scrap Dennis buys in this we fall off our chairs laughing at the players they bring in….eventually : )

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 23, 2008 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #16

    This wall virginity stuff is so Gay…are you a raving HOM?

  • Yahya Ahmad

    Jun 23, 2008 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #17

    ‘Ed’ Can you edit the design of the website to make it look good as any other football websites such as:, etc

  • Spyro

    Jun 23, 2008 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #18

    thing that annoys me about steven taylor is that people try to defend his ridiculous mistakes way too much. When both played, he made just as many, if not more mistakes then cacapa did, yet he probably saved us half as many times as cacapa did. Yet it would always be “Cacapa is s**t!”, “its all cacapa’s fault” completely diregarding who was the culprit of inviting the pressure on to the defence in the first place i.e. the terrible midfield and of course the world class steven taylor. Also, people on here always refer to the season before last when he was good and brand those that no longer rate him highly as “fickle”. The thing is, even in his “good” season he made some trully ridiculous mistakes that made me cringe at times, its just that myself and many others were less critical of him as we thought he would soon eradicate such mistakes and make the required improvement…he hasn’t. in fact, he seems to have gotten worse and his mistakes have become more frequent.

    The last time i checked,
    1 good season & 1 shit season didn’t = a good player.

    next season i expect drastic improvement from him

  • natedawg

    Jun 23, 2008 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #19

    well at least he has stop handling the ball then clutching his stomach , that had me rolling around on the floor with laughter


    Jun 23, 2008 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #20

    Thing is if he is tied up with a long term contract, then if he doesn’t improve the way we all hope then he becomes a saleable asset. Its seems wrong to talk about him as an asset, I’ve just been watching Amistad, I suppose football is a sort of slave market although they are very pampered slaves.

    I think I have sussed MAs tactics however, I think he will wait till the new season is nearly here, see what players have not been signed by other clubs then say. “Hey no one wants you why not come to us , unfortunately we can’t offer as much in wages or transfer fee.”
    Mind you I don’t believe the Americans have landed on the Moon so my theory could be wrong. 🙂

  • Nizo

    Jun 23, 2008 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #21

    Cacapa is a quality centre-half.. He hasn’t a fair crack of the whip since KK arrived, but thats partly due to Faye and Tayls doing well. Tayls for me a solid enough centre half – isnt blessed with pace but can read a game well. I think he’ll do well for us this coming season.

    What happened to the Coloccini rumour – I wouldn’t mind him here.

  • clinta

    Jun 23, 2008 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #22

    good news about taylor, i for one am happy with this news if its true. for you doubters of taylors ability and worth out there like the ever present ‘i know everything about football’ tom toon, i’ll say this- taylors still young, has a hell of a lot of premiership experience for his age, and at times has done really well for us at the back while people like boumsong and bramble were falling over one another.

    credit to the lad, that even though the club tried to rip him off with a poor contract due to him being a local lad, he still performed for us and worked hard, instead of wanting to look else where for the big money like so many would of.

    i for one would struggle to perform at work if my peers were unjustly on better wages then me, not to mention the smiths and bartons on double?

    i can’t believe we gave barton a 60K deal considering his situation when we signed him!

  • Spyro

    Jun 23, 2008 at 2:13 AM

    Comment #23

    i cant believe someone just said taylor can read a game very well, thats exactly what he cant do

  • steven1979

    Jun 23, 2008 at 2:26 AM

    Comment #24

    cacapa quality..faye good..taylor read the game good..!!!!!!wtf..are u from mars??
    we were 12th position at the end of the year..conceded unbelievable stupid goals just becoz of individual mistakes..
    we need too much new signings in least 7..we wait…

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 23, 2008 at 4:50 AM

    Comment #25

    steven taylor is an average defender, he has so far to go and if we are all honerst, he is often caught out of position. he’s ok though and thats about the right money for him, certainly no more. why a three year contract though?? seems very short to me.

  • Pete

    Jun 23, 2008 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #26

    3 year contract so we don’t end up with another ameobi like

  • shorla

    Jun 23, 2008 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #27

    spyro talks shit he is acting like he is a better defender than taylor, dont forget he is only 22 plus keegan can see a future john terry also RAUL MEIRELES 4 THE TOON he can play dm and can pass

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 23, 2008 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #28

    It amazes me the amount of people who want to have a bash at the club, owner or players on this site.

    Taylor has had an average season by the standard he set him self the season before that. Expectations are high for Taylor, but that is due to him bursting on the scene.

    Taylor is only 22 and is miles ahead of most of his colleagues. Does he deserve the reported 30k p/w, of course he does when put in perspective of some of the other fat cats earners.

    Hes still a defender with a very bright future. Its now up to Taylor to go on and prove the doubters wrong. Unfortunately that seems to be many of his ‘fans’.

    With friends like that who needs enemies son?

  • Wezside

    Jun 23, 2008 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #29

    Firstly yahya, if it looked like teamtalk etc, it wouldn’t be a blog now would it? Secondly, I’d hope the quality of the site at least remains better than teamtalk’s garbage they dish out at times. Thirdly – is this the same insider that quoted there was no wage structure being put into the club a couple weeks back? Everyone was happy with the story that day, so if this is true, we have to assume that the other story was garbage

  • 51times

    Jun 23, 2008 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #30

    The Entertainers – I couldn’t agree more, some people on here do nothing but make snide comments about Taylor, Milner, Wise, Ashley and even a few about Keegan.

  • Ian

    Jun 23, 2008 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #31

    Happy if that happens 30k is not over the top for that player.


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  • Anthony

    Jun 23, 2008 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #33

    Tom toon is one of the poster in here continues to overrate players but he thinks Taylor is overrated…haha

    he is just 22 for god sake…of course he makes mistakes and he will continue to do so…until he mutures

    King, Toure and Carragher were poor when they were 22…Ferdinand made loads of mistakes as well…Adams was average before 25

    List me one young CB who doesnt have at least one below par season?

  • dick

    Jun 23, 2008 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #34

    worth keeping taylor just to see if he can improve he’s still young yet for a centre half.
    ps- on another subject has anyone else noticed all the toon ”insider”stories have gone since pearson left

  • 51times

    Jun 23, 2008 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #35

    I seen that Arshavin thing before…that slav dog, the Premierleague has killed La Liga and Serie A, at the very least they are in the throes of death, and he has the nerve to say that? He should beg to come to England.

  • geordiegraham

    Jun 23, 2008 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #36

    off the topic: does any1 know anything about cassio lincoln my m8 says we shud sign him but i dont no anything about him

  • Dirk

    Jun 23, 2008 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #37

    lincoln is a brilliant player, hes an attacking midfielder, not well known bu i think he’d b good if we bought him.

  • geordiegraham

    Jun 23, 2008 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #38

    cheers dirk. av just watched a vid on him he scores some canny goals like. the price 4 shola is gan doon now hes joinin wba for 2 mil but still better than nowt

  • Ericles

    Jun 23, 2008 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #39

    On another note. Gossip linked us with Kaboul of Spurs. Guess who is after him now? You’ve got it! Harry Rude Crap of Portsmouth.

  • tam toon

    Jun 23, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #40

    Cassio Lincoln good player, too old for Ashley. He is also an injury prone troublemaker, sounds like-Dyer!


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