Steven Taylor Close To New Contract At Newcastle?

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.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Solaidback

    Aug 22, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #1

    So what happened to the clubs wage cap of £35k then???

    Aren’t we also supposed to have turned down Fer because he wanted £45k a week wages??

    I don’t get this anymore, has the wage cap been raised?
    Did we infact have one?
    What is the wage cap now if we do have one?

    Question, questions, questions!!!!!

  • Chris F

    Aug 22, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #2

    there’s no questions, it’s written by Alan Oliver, therefore completely made up bollocks.

  • Ericles

    Aug 22, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #3

    Another Anal Oliver Sunday dump!

  • Doha Mag

    Aug 22, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #4

    We need to sort out his contract or sell him before we end up with nothing for the boy!

    However, who’s going to buy some one who’s currently injured so we may need to sell him in January if he doesn’t extend his contract….

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 22, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Can’t see him taking that kind of money-if he was on the Man City bench keeping his old mate Shay Given company he could get double the wages we are supposed to be offering 🙂

  • Solaidback

    Aug 22, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Manc Ali Citey won’t buy Taylor, he’s not that good a defender for them to offer him £90k a week wages….

  • noir9

    Aug 22, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #7

    Doha – didn’t stop villa buying downing when he was on crutches or us signing gosling. Taylor needs to sign-up or feck off before ho leaves for nothing.

    Arteta – just signed a new contract with Everton for the same figure & I know which one I’d rather have.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Aug 22, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #8

    sub clause i) weeks when injured and not available for selection will be remunerated on half the pro-rata contracted figure.

    sub clause ii) any press leak from inside the club found to be damaging to team stability & directly attributable to s Taylor or his father will result in an immediate fine of 4 weeks wages and a counselling session with Mr A Carroll.

    sub clause iii) handballs in and around the penalty (whether spotted by officials or not) will be punished with a spot fine of £10k per instance, payable after the match.

    sub clause iv) two consecutive instances of being out of position will be punished with a spot fine of £15k, payable after the match.

    sub clause v) further press photos showing that oafish grin when in a NUFC shirt in a Premiership game will result in immediate suspension.

    That about wraps up the details, now sign it!!!

  • noir9

    Aug 22, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #9

    Well if £45k a week is good enough to get Arteta to sign a new contract it should be good enough for Taylor. Yes I know others are on more at the moment but I’d guess they’re next contract offer won’t be.

  • baro

    Aug 22, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #10

    That’s a good deal, and really hope he signs the deal now. Because he is a Geordie and a life long Newcastle fan. When fit he is our absolutely best defender.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 22, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #11


    being a geordie is irrelevant.

    Go on youtube and see how many errors he makes. he makes Bramble look like Terry.

    45K a week I’d much rather spend elsewhere.

  • Oleg G

    Aug 22, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #12

    well, I haven’t seen Taylor playing last year (no broadcast here in Israel of the CC).

    But if he is good – he should get a good contract.

    People here are saying that he is not good – but I don’t think that is true. Everybody are only saying good things about him.


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