It’s Not The Time To Sell Steven Taylor

Now that Newcastle will apparently not give manager Chris Hughton any transfer funds for the summer, there are new reports this morning that Newcastle will potentially sell some of their top players.

Steven Taylor – with Coca Cola Championship trophy

And the player the press are saying will probably leave Newcastle is local lad, 24 year-old Steven Taylor.

Newcastle seem to have enough cover at center-back, especially if they sign QPR Fitz Hall on a permanent basis, so if they were to sell a player it makes some sense that it would be a center-back.

But we still think Chris Hughton wants to keep all his players in the summer and augment the squad with loan players and free agents.

News today that both Stoke and Wolves would like to sign 21 year-old striker Andy Carroll, who scored 19 goals during Newcastle’s Championship-winning campaign.

But there’s no way Andy is going anywhere this summer, including not to jail either, we hope.

Andy still has his court case ongoing for assault and battery, and his next appearance will be on June 2nd, in the Newcastle Crown Courts.

We have to hope that Hughton doesn’t have to sell some player(s)  to bring in new ones in different positions to balance the squad.

That’s especially true with Steven Taylor, who can still improve and is the former England U21 captain, and is a Premiership class player – no doubt about that.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Ericles

    May 11, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #1

    We must not sell Steven Taylor. Ashley’s statement about no capital outlay is a signal to the vultures to circle over St James Park. They will hope to swoop thinking CH now has to sell. No way.
    If needs be we can retain Nicky Butt for another season as a squad player. CH found good and worthy players last season so why not in the summer? Trouble is other influences may affect Steven – especially if an offer comes in that his dad cannot refuse!!!!!

  • Greg P

    May 11, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #2

    If we aren’t going to sign players then we can’t be looking to sell players who we don’t have real cover for. Taylor, Williamson, Collocini and Kadar should be good enough to keep us up, but switch Taylor for Hall and you have to worry. As for Carroll, its looking like Beckford or Boyd are the only strikers we can go after (as they’re on free’s) therefore we won’t let a 19 goal striker go. The only players who I can see going are Ryan Taylor, Leon Best and Shola (and Shola only if we can get money to then spend).

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    May 11, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #3

    I can’t see Carroll going. Why would he go to either of those clubs?! I think he’s happy here and we wouldn’t get a better striker, who already fits in well with the team, for the money we’d get.

    I also really hope we don’t seel Taylor. I like the lad and really hope he’ll be here for a long time. However I am worried that the problems a couple of months ago, along with our abundance of centrebacks, might see him go. If I’m honest, I’d rather sell Coloccini, as brilliant as he’s been – he’s older, has less of a tie to the club, would free up more of the wage bill and would raise more cash. A place in the Argentina squad, a couple fo good performances and his value would rocket.

    I also think Greg’s right – Hall isn’t bad, but he’s not as good as Taylor. Besides, as the say in the NFL, offence wins you games, but defence wins you Superbowls. We won’t be winning any silverware I know, but a strong defence helps you pick up the points through the season.

    We’ll live or die by our ability to scratch out draws against better sides this season.

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    May 11, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Sorry, a couple of typos there, such as “seel”!

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    May 11, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #5


  • Newutd

    May 11, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #6

    If we sell Taylor I would go mental. I agree with you Greg P for the most of it.

  • BeeGuy

    May 11, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #7

    Ain’t that MA a daft lad to keep us all so interested during the off season? He must be taking lessons from some of the other owners that keep the pot stirred up, like some of the NFL wackos.

  • Craigg

    May 11, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #8

    We will stay up If we keep our best players:

    Steven Taylor, Colccini, Enrique, Nolan, Barton, Gutierrez and Carroll sell any of them and we might as well raise the white flag.

    Hughton has said no one will leave so i prefer to trust his word over the arse holes in the gutter press.

  • freddie

    May 11, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Is that true that stoke and wolves fancy carrol? Would be a strange signing for them.

  • Craigg

    May 11, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #10

    McCarthy said that he tried for Carroll last season but was given the thumbs down by the club.

    Is It just me or did the statement emphasise the fact that the existing players would be the ones here next season, Particularly local academy players and yet the red tops make out we would consider selling the best weve produced since the 80’s.


    May 11, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #12

    George Caulkin

    In a parallel universe, a parallel Newcastle United released a parallel statement on their parallel official website yesterday evening. This is how it read…

    Dear Newcastle United supporters,

    First things first: thank you. Thank you on behalf of everyone connected with the club, from the players, from the managerial staff and from the boardroom, for your continued backing. Thank you for bearing with us over the past few, difficult seasons and thank you for persevering as we attempt to put things right.

    Thank you for continuing to buy your season tickets, your replica shirts, your pies and programmes and thank you for trooping through the turnstiles to shout yourselves hoarse week upon week. We know that you have a choice, that you didn’t have to do what you did and we appreciate the sacrifices some of you made at a time when the economy is in turmoil and finances are tight. In a very real and meaningful way, we simply couldn’t have done it without you.

    For a club that haven’t won a domestic trophy since 1955 to record an average attendance of 43,387 in the Coca-Cola Championship was stunning and humbling. Once again: thank you.

    Without wishing to open old sores, we recognise that we’ve made some pretty big mistakes. Hopefully, by acknowledging that and accepting it, the process of healing those wounds can gather pace. What’s been so productive about the campaign just ended is that it felt like we were all in it together; team, coaches, fans. In testing circumstances, the club began to renew itself and long may that continue.

    In the spirt of that bond, we feel that we have a duty to be open and frank. Just as this is a different Newcastle from the club that were relegated a year ago, it also a very different environment. Money has coalesced at the top of the Barclays Premier League and it is all too easy for clubs to overreach themselves chasing an illusory pot of gold. There were some great times at St James’ Park under Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson and we’d love to repeat them, but we all have to accept that, for the foreseeable future anyway, things have changed.

    We’re not trying to apportion blame here – and, in any case, we would deserve a slice of it – but, for whatever reason, the club got into a situation where they were paying exorbitant transfer fees, wages and agent fees, often at the expense of team-building. That can’t and won’t happen again. Successful clubs build and grow and we want to protect the team spirit that has been so evident in the Championship. We want to protect the football club as a whole.

    It is our judgement – and that of Chris Hughton, our manager – that we have the basis of a squad that can compete in the Premier League next season. If you look at clubs like Wigan Athletic, Bolton Wanderers and, more recently, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Birmingham City, you can see that it’s possible to stabilise following promotion and that’s the route that Newcastle are going down. We’ll be relying on loans, free transfers and a bit of imagination. We’re not saying it’ll be easy and we’re taking nothing for granted, least of all you.

    Put simply, the pot is empty. In our last season in the Premier League, we made a loss of £37.7m and we’re due to record another loss of £32.5m this season. That’s just not sustainable. Our overdraft – all clubs have them – stands at £20m and it’s already been allocated. Yes, our income from television money will shoot back up again, but the owner has already invested around £300m of his own money into Newcastle and, as far as he’s concerned, that’s enough. As our last accounts stated, there is an outstanding loan of £111m from Mike Ashley that is “repayable on demand,” and, ideally, he’d like some of it back.

    That’s reasonable, isn’t it? He’s kept things ticking over this season and we’ve slashed costs, but it’s a matter of record that Mike has twice attempted to sell the club and he just isn’t willing to leave himself further out of pocket. You may not want to hear that, but we hope you appreciate the honesty. To borrow an old phrase, we are where we are.

    In the meantime, we want to build a new Newcastle, if you will. We want this to be a Newcastle you can be proud of. A big part of that, as always, will be determined by what happens on the pitch and all players will be reminded of their responsibilities to you, but it also means focusing resources on our Academy structure.

    For far too long, this region has allowed its better players to leave and we have to put a stop to that drain of talent. We tip our hats to the work done by our neighbours Middlesbrough and Sunderland in this regard and we want to do the same. And we mean it this time. We’re going to let the experts get on with the job of building scouting networks and providing opportunities and, with a bit of luck, in a few years’ time, you’ll be cheering on a team peppered with skilful Geordies. How good would that be?

    We should also say a few words about the media and our relationship with them. It hasn’t always been easy. We happen to think that this club and their supporters has not always been well served by newspapers, television and radio and that we’re sometimes subjected to crude stereotyping, but we also accept that because of decisions taken by this regime and its predecessors, we’ve made ourselves easy targets. In retrospect, there was probably an opportunity to reshape the debate when Mr Ashley bought the club, but he was never very comfortable about assuming a public role and that moment has sadly dissipated.

    We have to hold our hands up, too. When we have spoken out, we haven’t consistently managed to get our message across in the way we wanted to, so we’ve taken the decision to let our football and our football people do the talking for us. If you see anything in the papers from now on where Newcastle “sources” or “insiders” are quoted, rest assured that it hasn’t come from us. We don’t want to get in the way of Chris’s work because he’s got a tough enough job without any unnecessary interference from us.

    Hope this clears things up.

    Thanks again and Howay the Lads,

    Newcastle United


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