Does Steven Taylor Want To Stay At Newcastle?


Sky Sports is reporting this afternoon that Newcastle United’s transfer-listed defender Steven Taylor wants his representative to continue negotiations over a new contract with the club.

Steven Taylor – wants to stay at Newcastle?

The Newcastle club announced this afternoon that they are prepared to consider offers for the 24 year-old former England Under-21 centre-back and captain, after lengthy discussions over a new deal seemed to be deadlocked, and have failed to reach a positive conclusion.

Taylor has now revealed he was stunned by the club’s decision to put him on the transfer market, and has had a statement released on his behalf,  saying he is keen to resolve the situation.

The statement read as follows:

“Figures released to the media do not accurately reflect the position of either Steven or his agent.” “Both Taylor and the club remain happy to continue negotiations over a new and extended Newcastle United contract.”

“Steven was disappointed and surprised to hear through third parties that the club had decided to transfer list him.” “He has always given 100% to the club and will continue to do so given the opportunity.”

But if Newcastle have put him on the transfer list, which they announced they have,  how are they willing  to continue the negotiations?

It seems to us the Newcastle club have tried to put the squeeze on Steven – and one reason is the club do not want to lose him for nothing next summer – if he runs out his contract – it’s simply business.

With only one year left on his contract, if he is to leave Newcastle, the club  would prefer to sell him in this transfer window.  On the other hand, Steven has every legal right in the world to see out his contract and leave next summer as a free agent – and get a big deal from some other club, who wouldn’t have to pay any transfer fee for him.

But we would hope that a deal can be reached between the two parties soon, because whether you love him or hate him – Steven had been very loyal to the Newcastle club, and  we hope he will stay.

However, we’ve also been surprised at the negative comments about Steven since the story broke this morning – and if he does leave for more money in the future – it seems he will get little sympathy from the Newcastle fans.

At some point Steven will have a choice to make – and it seems it is to stay at Newcastle for less money than he could get elsewhere.

We have to hope he stays and shows his true loyalty to Newcastle – because money isn’t everything.

Comments welcome.



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87 comments so far

  • Young_Mag

    Aug 25, 2010 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #1

    The whole thing is a joke
    Just when things were looking good…

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  • jesus was a geordie

    Aug 25, 2010 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #2

    As long as it’s not for 60k I’m happy for him to stay…although, reports over the summer would suggest he’s fairly unpopular with the rest of the squad!

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  • Stardust

    Aug 25, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #3

    “Figures released to media today by Newcastle United do not accurately reflect the position of Steven and his agent.”

    But they havent been flatly denied. Sign up or ship out Steven – two choices you decide.

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  • Birts

    Aug 25, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #4

    looked like MAs call on his bluff has worked. Wise move IMO.

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  • Obafan

    Aug 25, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #5

    What a circus. The damage has done I hope the club sticks by their choosen position to sell him, cause an overrated player is far from needed at this club. I have been coming on this blog for a few years now and I’ve always said that S. Taylor isn’t a good defender. His partners (Bramble; Boumsong: Colo first season) were always blamed for being average. Bramble and Boumsong were indeed average too, but Colo was always a good defender untill he was partnered with Taylor. Now with Willo he is getting back on track to become a good CD.

    BYE BYE w@nker Taylor!!!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 25, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #6

    maybe he should read these blogs and take the hint. He’s unliked and unwanted.

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  • MacToon

    Aug 25, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #7

    As kentonmags has reminded us all on the previous thread, we can’t believe everything that is in the papers, internet etc.

    Check for facts and quotes!

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  • Stardust

    Aug 25, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #8

    Obafan “His partners (Bramble; Boumsong: Colo first season) were always blamed for being average”

    ….or whoever else.

    Perfectly put.

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  • Toonmania

    Aug 25, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #9

    yeah although i’ve always liked s.taylor as you can’t fault his commitment to the club until now, if the reports are true that he is asking for something near too 60k per week then it’s bye bye your not worth that amount, from what i understand the club has offered around 40k, if i was him i would accept that and be greatful that an overated player can command that amount,
    if you don’t want to stay and play for the shirt and it’s just your wallet your interested in then, TAXI FOR STEVEN IT IS THEN!! 🙂

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  • Birts

    Aug 25, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #10

    This has been a long time coming ever since he had his jaw broke to be honest !!!

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  • slazberger

    Aug 25, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #11

    mactoon i agree but it seems the club have called his bluff on this one regardless of the actual amounts involved. hopefully we will get CH version of things tonight, although he may say that’s not my department

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  • Magforlife

    Aug 25, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Your agent engineers a move , then you cry wolf !
    Take the offer if you love the club that much.
    Most people on here don’t earn £40K a year never mind a week.

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  • malchick

    Aug 25, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #13

    hardly surprising it’s come to this with paul f’kin stretford involved….w@nker..

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  • alex84

    Aug 25, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #14

    sale him and bring in haangalan…

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  • jimiley

    Aug 25, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #15

    We don’t need Taylor so he can clear off. The downside is the fat man will pocket the money as always. You don’t expect him to reinvest in players do you??? Pocket, pocket, pocket, pocket,pocket…The fat man is only interested in his wallet and but for CH would be totally loathed because his personal tenure at the club is an utter disaster. He deserves our total contempt. Hughton’s great management with his hands tied behind his back is holding off the lynch party. God help Ashleee if the results start going wrong.

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  • noir9

    Aug 25, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #16

    His agent can say what ever he likes. I really can’t see that the club have any other option, this is probably the last chance we have of selling him for a fee or risk him going for nowt next summer. I notice that they havn’t disputed the figure which has been quoted as the clubs offer & what does his agent expect the club to do?….perhaps wait until january until saylor will be free to talk to other clubs and get a nice fat signing-on fee.

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  • MacToon

    Aug 25, 2010 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #17

    What if he has been offered a worse contract than he’s on atm? Wouldn’t put it past Ashley!

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Aug 25, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #18

    Stardust, Rotunda & Obafan:

    I can but agree with all of you gents on this one in that Mr Taylor, his agent or his father (or all three) has severely over-estimated his value in footballing, financial and friendship terms.

    A new agent, a dose of humble pie and a realistic re-appraisal of his worth needs to happen overnight if he is to save his NUFC career. If Andy settled on £25k, then Stevie boy should not expect a penny more, and some would say considerably less….

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  • nufc1984

    Aug 25, 2010 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #19

    jimiley- i understand your negativity about ashley, but if it wasnt for him then we wouldn’t have a football club at present cause of debt from ffs reign. But he did say that there would be no capital outlay, this doesn’t mean he won’t invest money brought in from player sales, so hopefully we might swap him for someone we need. Taylor for babel would be a great swap. He has great potential, more than taylor anyways!! 🙂

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  • ronaldeano

    Aug 25, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #20

    Maybe he dosent want a paycut in his wages if we get relegated again. Nufc are goin to put one in every new players contract and if they don’t like it, we won’t sign them

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  • ronaldeano

    Aug 25, 2010 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #21

    A relegation clause that is

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  • Obafan

    Aug 25, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #22

    Let’s get this sorted by sellng him ASAP; hopefully we will get a descent price for him, but I think (read: I’m sure) that £6m is too much for him.

    the window is getting shorter and shorter! We need 3 new players in within the next 6 days.

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  • nufc1984

    Aug 25, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #23

    Does anyone else believe we would have all felt differently if he had been listed last year?
    I dont mind if he leaves now, cause i’ve seen we have better replacements in williamson and campbell and Andy carroll is the best example of someone who is toon born and bred and gets his head down, isn’t bothered about his wallet and i can imagine he’ll do a shearer and stay with us for rest of his career. When we compare him with taylor we can see how someone who loves the club acts.

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  • geordie jock

    Aug 25, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #24

    Steven Taylor always gives 100% and always will, which the tossers who call themselves toon fans on this blog clearly do not. Proper fans are behind All the players and do not go to these lengths to completely destroy a player who commits himself fully to NUFC. You should all be ashamed to call yourself fans.

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  • noir9

    Aug 25, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #25

    @13, there is absolutely no evidence that ashley has ever “pocketed” any transfer fee, so unless you can actually produce that your talking rubbish. The club may not have re-invested transfer fee’s received in other players but ashley has not taken a penny for himself!

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  • nufc1984

    Aug 25, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #26

    this must have been done to shock taylor into signing the contract on the table, cause the board now know that putting him on this late in the day will mean clubs will come in with daft offers on last day of window cause we can’t sell hime for a fee after mondays window. He’ll sign a pre-contract agreement in jan and we’ll be shafted for a player who if on contract should be worth 8mill.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Aug 25, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #27

    geordie jock: Well put at last someone on here who knows his football. The rest of the w@nkers on here who want him to leave should be ashamed

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  • MacToon

    Aug 25, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #28

    There could be many reason for NUFC putting STaylor on the transfer list.

    To pay for other signings.

    To repay the £5mil Ashley has spent so far.

    To bluff STaylor into accepting a poor contract.

    In response to asking for too higher wage.

    Basically we know very little, too many questions and as we know Ashley IS a liar.

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  • noir9

    Aug 25, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #29

    mactoon @ 15 – Why didn’t they dispute the figure suggested as the clubs offer only the figure quoted as what taylors camp wanted? They could very easily have said that he wouldn’t take a paycut to sign.

    There’s an easy way round the relegation pay cut clause, you simply write a reasonable tranfer fee into the contract in the event of relegation.

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  • Solaidback

    Aug 25, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #30

    From what I’ve heard, it wasn’t the 40k wages that he didn’t like, it was a clause that the club wanted to add to all new contracts that said if we get relegated, wages would drop to £25k/week & he didn’t like that, so has been trying to get the club to drop the clause!!!

    Personally, if he doesn’t like what the club is offering, then go elsewhere, I’ve nothing against the lad & think he’s better than some defender we’ve had in the past but as said before by other, if you love the club, then you don’t haggle over wages, as long as you’re paid the going rate, don’t expect anymore!!!!

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  • nufc1984

    Aug 25, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #31

    @22- i agree that no one should doubt his commitment on pitch, and a lot of us don’t know anything about what goes on behind closed doors, its just IF and only IF he is refusing to sign a contract based on a relegation clause then its pretty selfish, but we don’t know that so its all speculation. Until we know more we can’t criticise, i don’t believe he’s asking for 60k a week. And i’d love him to stay and sign improved terms but not astronomical ones. We have a structure to keep to now, hopefully as a FAN he will sacrifice the financial gain to stay at the club he loves!!

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Aug 25, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #32

    nufc1984: Wake up & smell the coffe man! Shearer stayed with us not only because he was a toon fan he had a clause in his contract that he would always be the top wage earner so when we signed the likes of Owen on £110k per week he automatically got a rise. Also do you really think that if Carroll becomes the player we hope he will that he will stay with the toon on £25k if Chelsea, Man U, Man C or someones comes in with an offer of £100K+ per week. You must be smoking dope.

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  • jimiley

    Aug 25, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #33

    NUFC 1984,

    I don’t understand this Ashley worship for “saving” the club. He is a billionaire who bought it without due diligence. A billionaire should have the odd 10 million to spend. Should we be grateful to him for selling 30 odd million pounds of players and spending 5 of that 30? Where has the other 25 gone? The guy is a fraud who is milking the club. That is how the figures stack up. He is also so arrogant because he will not even communicate with the fans. Two fingers to us lot then from the mega rich guy. He can now sup his pints on his own despised by the vast majority in the crowd. And he knows it.

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  • kentonmags

    Aug 25, 2010 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #34

    listen lads as i said before the contract offered was the same as he is on 25k but all bonuses ie clean sheets ect reduced that was the story the other day about players unhappy with bonus cuts well it was not the players it was tayls.

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  • Young_Mag

    Aug 25, 2010 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #35

    @MacToon

    Exactly we know sweet f**k all 😀

    Anyway anyone got any team news for tonight?…

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  • nufclewizc

    Aug 25, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #36

    Well, I met Steven on holiday in Tenerife last may in the star bar! He was well canny and down to earth! He even sang on the karaoke and I have a video on my phone!
    He was honest and said mike Ashley was the tightest man he had ever met, he also said he was dropping out of the under 21?s because he keegan asked him to so there was no risk of him getting injured, Pearce had just become the under 21?s manager. Lol I knew be4 Ssn he loved the club and he is not arrogant! I hope he stays

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  • GeordieGerman

    Aug 25, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #37

    Here’s the link for those of you living outside U.K.

    http://www.myp2p.eu/broadcast.php?matchid=84797&part=sports

    You may have to download a program to watch. So I’d advise you to start looking now. Make sure you make the following link on of you favourites:

    http://www.myp2p.eu/competition.php?competitionid=&part=sports&discipline=football

    They show nearly all of the Newcastle games. Even though they are sometimes in Arabic or another language.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Aug 25, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #38

    Guys FFS Taylor may be a fan but this is his job and like anyone he will try and get the best deal he can. Some of you people on here must live in dream world

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  • MacToon

    Aug 25, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #39

    noir9, I’m not claiming to know anything about it, the opposite infact and that is my point.

    I’ve already heard 4 different possibilities atleast.Shouldn’t the club have had the decency to tell taylor first before he heard it second hand!

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  • geordie jock

    Aug 25, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #40

    Geordiedoon sooth: Thanks for that ,but i can’t understand why true fans would show so much hatred to a player who is 100% Newcastle.

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