Although the Newcastle club’s hierarchy may be getting just a little impatient with Steven Taylor’s representatives in their drawn out contract negotiations, Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has made it very clear he wants Steven to stay at his home town club.
Steven Taylor – manager wants him to stay at Newcastle
Sky News broke the news this morning that Newcastle had placed Taylor on the transfer list and the later confirmed this.
It is thought the 24-year-old is holding out for higher wages than the club are willing to offer, although they have given him about a 10% increase on what he is already earning on Tyneside.
Hughton was asked if Steven Taylor would be leaving the club soon, and Hughton told Sky Sports last night:
“We hope not. It’s very much between Steven’s representatives and the club. It was very much a club decision to put Taylor on the transfer list, and there’s still time to go and I hope it will be resolved.”
“His contract talks have broken down between himself, his representatives and the club but that is something we hope can be resolved. He is a very good player and certainly I hope an agreement can be made.”
“He is a player that we would certainly like to keep here at the football club. I think there are always going to be things that test us and there will always be other issues.”
“But the important thing is that Steven is a player we would like to see at this football club.”
It’s obvious that Chris was not in on the decision to place the 24 year-old on the transfer list and it seems to us the club is trying to make it plain that it’s coming to take it or leave it time, and they still want the opportunity to sell Steven in this transfer window, if he doesn’t accept the terms of his new contract.
The Greenwich born youngster has only one year of his contract left, which is why the club is anxious for his to sign a new contract – and now.
A spokesman close to Newcastle owner Mike Ashley said last night:
“Mike believes he has made Steven a very good offer but there has to come a time when enough is enough.””The way the club is being run now, the days of paying players massive wages are over. It’s not the way it works now.”
Time is running out for Steven, and it seems that Everton and Blackburn are the first two clubs in for him, and if they offer him more wages than Newcastle, then maybe he will leave his home-town club.
But if Steven goes to another club just for more money – so be it.