Steven Taylor, Krul And Carroll At Newcastle To Stay


There has been lots of talk this summer about big clubs being after Newcastle center-back Steven Taylor, and that the 24 year-old even wanted to leave his home-town club.

Steven Taylor – soon to sign new contract at Newcastle

But we just don’t believe that and said so a couple of days ago, and news today that Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is also confident that Taylor, as well as two of our other very promising youngsters – Andy Carroll and Tim Krul – will soon sign new and improved  contracts for the Tyneside club.

Hughton told the local Evening Chronicle today:

“I’ve consistently said it’s important to keep the players you want to keep.” “We need to add to the squad, but it’s also important not to lose what we have.”

“I’m very confident we’ll keep everybody." “As far as those whose contracts are close – Tim Krul, Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor – I’m confident about all of them.”

There was a lot made of the altercation between Steven and Andy Carroll in late March, when Steven ended up with a broken jaw and Andy with badly damaged fists – serves him right.

But we think Chris Hughton handled that situation little short of brilliantly, and he will have had the two lads into his office and quietly had them repair their relationship.

One big thing in common between the two lads, is that they are both local and love the Newcastle club.

That should be enough to make them good team-mates in the future – if only for the good of the club they both love – and which they both want to make great again.

Seems fairly simple when put  that way, doesn’t it?

Comments welcome.



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14 comments so far

  • Mac

    Jul 8, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #1

    I honestly wouldn’t mind if we cashed in on Taylor. Yes alot of people bang on that he has potential and he’s Englands next captain but to be honest he’s had potential for years and done nothing about it. He simply hasn’t improved enough at the highest level.

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  • lesh

    Jul 8, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #2

    Great news if it all comes off…. fingers crossed as if nothing elsee, we’ll have tied them down and thus in Taylor’s case, a free transfer at the end of this season’s out of the question. If Taylor were to move on, there’ll be good fee and a bit of shrewd management’ll have been demonsytrated.

    As far as the altercation goes and Ed’s view that it ” serves him [Taylor?] right…. surely their injuries served THEM right? It takes two to tango yes?

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  • derekm

    Jul 8, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #3

    I remember waiting to drive past the ground on barrack road after a game two years ago and being forced to wait whilst the players left the ground – Taylor drove by us in a huge Bentley and I thought at the time too much too soon.
    I really hope the incident with Carroll and the fact that presumably a few senior players actually told him what they all thought of him brought him back down to earth – but to be honest he makes mistakes that I don’t believe a no nonsense centre half would do, and if Hodgson paid us upwards of £6 mill that’s great business.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 8, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #4

    Has Taylor done enough for a new contract??

    imo, NO – Sell him, cash in & buy new

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jul 8, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #5

    Good job!!!

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Jul 8, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed, you speak about poor financial management at Barca in another article. A case of Pots and Kettles I suggest. Mac & Lesh & DerekM & RichyG are quire right in suggesting it’s time to cash in on Taylor especially if he keeps procrastinating on signing a new deal.

    1) He will be worth nowt in 12 months.
    2) So is he worth £5m-£7m for ONE season? Because that’s how much he will cost the club is he keeps playing silly buggers with his press releases and failure to sign!

    So it’s deadline time. If he’s not signed up on sensible terms by 21st July put him on the transfer list and use the cash to invest. Don’t leave it too late, and this then gives us 6 weeks to sort out a top replacement WITHOUT the ego and WITH a football brain.

    And that’s sound financial management!
    Ta Ta Tayls…..

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  • Blackjim

    Jul 8, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #7

    We should be doing all we can to get him signed to a new contract, as his value would almost double if he were on a 3/4 year contract.

    Lets face it he isnt the greatest, but he is young, and english – so if he has a decent season for us this year I could easily see one of the bigger clubs offering 12 or even 15 million for him in 12 months.

    If we are going to have such limited funds over the next few seasons, then we need to protect our assets (our young players) and tie them to long contracts. So when the Big teams come calling we can reasonably expect to get a good fee for them…after all look at Milner and Nzogbia both players that we let go too cheaply.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 8, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #8

    If Taylor wanted to stay, he wouldnt think twice about signing up.

    Look at Andy Carroll, no hesitation from him in wanting to get his 4yr contract signed, similar with Krul, but Taylor’s negotiations seem to have been going on forever.

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  • ginkoh

    Jul 8, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #9

    Anyone who think we should sell Taylor don’t you remember Milner case ? If I’m not wrong when we sold him to AstonVilla someone said ” We got very high price from average player who cannot even cross the ball ” and then what now ? If we sell Taylor now, one day you will regret it.

    please respect our players , I beg you

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  • baro

    Jul 8, 2010 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #10

    I wish all three deals go through. We need them. Each and every one.

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  • Charlietoon

    Jul 8, 2010 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #11

    ginkoh Milner still cant cross

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  • Sav

    Jul 9, 2010 at 3:25 AM

    Comment #12

    You could ‘ve had Dawson for buttons 18 month ago – now he’s playing in a World Cup squad.
    Taylor is still very young for a centreback. Plenty time to improve. You don’t have to like him to want him playing for us. Most footballers are overpaid muppets from what I can see.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jul 9, 2010 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #13

    Just hope Ashley has learnt his lesson and there is a relegation clause in the new contracts. That will keep the players on their toes.

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  • Doha Mag

    Jul 9, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #14

    Excellent news if we can tie them all down for the next 3 to 4 years. Steven Taylor will be the difficult player to tie down due to his ego, but hope he signs and stays with Newcastle for the next 4 years……..

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