News in the People today (Alan Oliver) that Newcastle are to offer Steven Taylor £45K a week to keep the former England Under-21 captain at St James’ Park for the next four years.
Steven Taylor – out until early November?
We have no idea if this report has any truth in it, but we would hope the club will offer Steven good wages, because as an experienced PL defender, he can be a big player for Newcastle when he returns to full fitness, from his shoulder injury.
Unfortunately Steven will still be out at least another two months, and should be fit again in early November, so he will have hardly played much this year after suffering serious knee ligament damage back in January..
Like every player now getting a new contract at the club, the Newcastle hierarchy are rightly insisting on a clause that will see Steven’s wages drop to just £25K a week, should the club be relegated again.
Newcastle must get their financial house in order and gone are the days of Freddy Shepherd, who would spend money the club just didn’t have, and then live with the consequences.
When Newcastle were relegated 15 months ago, there were no relegation clauses in any of their players’ contracts at all, and players like Alan Smith, Joey Barton, Nicky Butt, Geremi and Fabricio Coloccini continued to pick up their huge wages, while playing in England’s second division.
Only a £30M interest-free loan from owner Mike Ashley allowed the club to see through their one season down below, and make ends meet, although the club now owes Ashley around £130M in total.
Taylor’s contract runs out at the end of the season, but we feel almost certain that he will be offered a new good deal to stay at Newcastle for the next four years – we certainly need him.