Is Wayne Rooney’s Agent Also Giving Steven Taylor Poor Advice?

It’s coming out that Wayne Rooney’s agent seemed to be the one responsible for causing the upheaval with Wayne Rooney contract negotiations recently.

Paul Stretford – Steven Taylor and Wayne Rooney’s agent

That’s at least what Man United manager Alex Ferguson thinks, when he was interviewed on Sky Sports News today.

And it seems as soon as Wayne said he wanted away, after taking the advice of his agent, Paul Stretford, it seems he realized he had made a terrible mistake, and then signed a new contract after only a couple of hours of further negotiations.

This is what Alex Ferguson said of the contract crisis with Wayne Rooney today:

“You don’t necessarily have to heed advice after listening to it,” “Some young people take bad advice.”

“He has an agent who is not the most popular man in the world here, and he obviously sold it to Wayne to ask away.”

“The boy rushed in.” “But the minute he heard the response of the public and our supporters, he changed his mind, he knew he’d made a mistake.”

“There’s nothing wrong with that as long as you recognize it. He immediately apologized and agreed a new contract within a couple of hours.”

“It wasn’t done to get the contract, I don’t think that for a minute. But maybe he should have listened to better advice.”

We think Wayne’s case is important because Paul Stretford is also advising our own local player, Steven Taylor, and it seems that his advice to Steve may even be similar, because Steven is still refusing to sign a new contract at Newcastle.

Maybe it’s about time that Steven looked at his position at Newcastle with his father, who used to be his agent before Stretford got involved, and make their own decisions.

Steven should decide soon what he wants to do, and we find it hard to believe he would want to leave his home town club, who he’s been with for years and came through the Newcastle academy.

But if he does decide to leave, so be it, and Newcastle will no doubt try to sell him this January, since he is still officially on the transfer list at Newcastle.

Maybe the advice Paul Stretford is giving Steven is as bad as the advice he gave to Wayne Rooney.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Thump

    Nov 18, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #1

    Stretford is your typical agent – a ruthless f***ing mercenary trying to get the bigger deal for his client so he gets a bigger cut.

    A few of the lads at Gateshead FC have had a few run ins with him and out of all the stories I’ve heard, I’m yet to hear one positive thing; all about the cash.

  • Chris F

    Nov 18, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #2

    not sure Taylor’s dad was any better frankly, seems every contract taylor’s signed has been the result of a protracted and publicly messy process.

  • Thump

    Nov 18, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #3

    That’s a very good point, Chris. Wasn’t he the one going around the press slagging the club off when we were relegated or some shite?

  • ganiyu

    Nov 18, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #4

    I wouldnt touch colo and wilo for any body.saylor can go or stay as my back up. No partiality

  • CT

    Nov 18, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Not hopeful he`ll sign but I hope he stays, local lad and all that.
    Got a feeling with Terry and Alex out for a few months Chelsea could be interested in a cut price £2.5–£3 mill deal. Their central defenders against scum were woeful!!

  • G

    Nov 18, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Stretford is a whore, who will do anything for cash. All he sees is the commission he picks up, and doesn’t give a damn about anything else. Thump above sums it up perfectly. The new proposals put forward by FIFA limiting the amounts of money that can be paid to agents can only be a good thing if they get the go ahead, so fingers crossed on that front. As for ST’s abilities, I still think he is a classy defender, who we should pull out all of the stops to tie down to a deal. He is a good grafter, and in terms of value, then if he was tied in to a decent length contract he would be worth 15-20 million in today’s inflated market. Letting him go to a Chelsea or Man City for bobbins would be a tragedy to me, as his best years are still to come.

  • chuck

    Nov 18, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Gotta laugh at old purple nose Fergie !
    He`s so full of it, would you buy a used car from him?
    Look folks there was a time when the owners called players in , placed a contract in front of them and said sign !
    Fortunately for players, (George Eastham @ NUFC being the first one to demand a transfer),
    they now have agents to represent them and get the salaries that clubs are either or not willing to pay for their services .
    Obviously it worked (Rooney vs Fergy)the agents ploy to threaten he wanted away, it`s obvious Fergy was snookered and had to give in.
    Whether that`s good or bad for the game is debatable and it`s not like the Stamm or Beckham situations, It`s an aging team with one or two stars, Rooney being no1#. without him they would be mediocre.
    In Taylors case I dont see where asking for (a rumored) sixty grand is over the top, for a young experienced England regular U21 player, with a bright future and a local lad to boot, who loves the club.
    So instead of demonizing Agents, why not think of them as necessary to protect the rights of players.
    Face it clubs might not like certain deals but they DO make them, after all.

  • CT

    Nov 18, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #8

    We invested over the years in Taylors development. SBR fast tracked from the youths into the first team by turning him into a central defender who went on to captain England under 21s. His best years are still ahead of him and he owes us. Stretford works for Saylor not the other way round. If he wants to stay just sign the bloody contract and Stretford can crawl back from where he came!!

  • chuck

    Nov 18, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #9

    Excuse me , he owes us ! Who`s us?
    You got the (he was fast tracked by Sr.BR) and he (captained the U21`s) right but he owes us nowt.
    What we owe him is a wage level that reflects the fact he is a reliable young ex England U21 captain with a big future ahead of him.
    If you want to let him go now, he wont bring in nearly anything close to his value, yeah same thing`s gonna happen as in the Rooney case, all the cards are in the hands of his agent.
    And we should be looking to keep him at the club>

  • spanishtoon

    Nov 18, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #10

    This stretford guy is awful a total leech..

    Can anyone let me know if there are any other good blogs about as well as nufcblog? I found this one which I love
    but I’d like to find more as I’m in Spain and the blogs are a great way for me to keep in touch!
    Last time I come on and ask off topic I promise!

  • CT

    Nov 18, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #11

    Chuck, he OWES US. We invested in him, we paid him throughout all the time he was injured and theres been plenty. Read my posts more carefuuly before you go ranting. He`s the boss not Stretford, I want him to stay. He`s currently on £40k and been offered £50k. He or Stretford wants £70k, sorry he`s not worth that.
    He`s good but prone to mistakes and some good judges(inc some at the club) don`t rate him. He`s now a squad player not automatic first choice and you want to pay him more than Carrol etc. All team spirit down the toilet overnight. Wake up laddie!!

  • G

    Nov 18, 2010 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Gotta go with CT on that one Chuck. There is no right or wrong in this, but professional loyalty should stand for something, and Stretford represents just about everything that’s wrong with football. Unless your club is a billionaires plaything al-a Citeh, then the days of huge wages are over.

  • BeeGuy

    Nov 18, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #13

    So what would you rather have Steve Taylor, or the money to buy a real right wing?

  • G

    Nov 18, 2010 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #14

    Both, and I think that’s realistic BeeGuy. In relative terms, financially we are in pretty decent shape, whereas a lot of the clubs in Europe are not. Teams have to sell to survive, but luckily, we have already been down that road before too much damage was done.

  • ganiyu

    Nov 18, 2010 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #15

    Give d greedy man what he wants and sell him off.he cant earn more than carroll.he made colo bad in his first season.overated

  • Charlietoon

    Nov 19, 2010 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #16

    There will be a bidding war in January for him as Tottenham and Chelsea both need centre backs to fill in for injured players. I think we could get a decent price for him. If he signs a new contract though I would send him to Chelsea on loan for 6 months in exchange of Patrick Van

  • Sav

    Nov 19, 2010 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #17

    He looks like he could be Mike Ashley’s smarter brother. And I’m sure they speak the same lingo.
    I don’t believe Stretford and his likes do much for the game and they certainly bleed it dry – which is partly why it costs so much to support any team these days. You can hardly reference a case like George Eastham when the likes of YayaToure are on a reputed 200k per week. That’s going from one bad extreme to the other.
    Still, if Tayls wants out, there’s nowt to be done except sell him in January. Pity.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 19, 2010 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #18

    Whatever did we do before these agents came along !!! Talk about a manufactured job. I know most payers aren’t the brightest, but surely they could negotiate their own deals with Tesco or whoever, without these leeches endlessly putting their snouts in the trough for their 10%.

    As for Taylor over- rated, egotistical, error prone with very poor positional sense. We’ve got Kadar coming along nicely.

  • Ericles

    Nov 19, 2010 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #19

    I am agreeing with G’s realism and common sense on this one.

  • Davies

    Nov 19, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #20

    Stretford’s a scumbag. I read an article that Andy Cole wrote a while back (during the Rooney saga) and he was basically warning Rooney that Stretford will encourage him to make bad decisions and bleed him dry. Shame that there are dick heads like this involved with the game. Regarding Taylor – If he hasn’t signed a contract then fu0k him. Either sign up or ship out.

  • Bao Zheng

    Nov 19, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #21

    Frankly in the current market I am not sure Saylor is worth 40k a week most certainly not 70k. We are picking up really good players for sensible money. We have managed perfectly well without him. The fact he is fit and not first team regular tells you all you need to know.

  • Satboyslim

    Nov 19, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #22

    If he’s not even our first choice we can’t pay him 70k a week, it just means everyone else will see it and think they deserve a wage rise.
    Our team spirit is one of the best things about us at the minute and this could ruin it, I’d rather see him go for free
    Tbh 70k a week is £3.5 mill a year, we could massively improve the squad with that.

  • Lynxie

    Nov 19, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #23

    How many teams would Steve Taylor ‘walk into’? Not many and thats a fact. he certainly wont walk straight back into the Toon team. Which begs the question, how come, if he is so good that (supposedly) Chelsea and Spurs are looking at him, how can he not get into our team? The fact is that he is now a squad player and not the big fish in a small pond. We have moved on and acquired better defenders in his extended absence.


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