Time Now Running Out For Steven Taylor At Newcastle

We read Lee Ryder’s piece on his blog today about Steven Taylor’s predicament,  and we have to say we think Lee is very close to the truth, on what Steven Taylor now has to do – within the next 4 weeks or so.

Steven Taylor and Didier Drogba during Sunday’s game

Steven is no longer a youngster and at 24 of age, it’s an important decision for him to make, and the news today is that the new offer made by Newcastle is around £40K/week – around £2M/year.

We would love that kind of money.

Of course there are still some players on ridiculously high  wages at Newcastle, including the likes of Coloccini, Joey Barton and Alan Smith, but those players  came to the club when Newcastle were still paying big bucks for their players – overpaying them in fact.

Since then things have indelibly changed at the Newcastle club, and hopefully will never return to the mad excesses of yesteryear.

So it could be that Steven thinks he’s worth more than £40K/week but he’s a local lad too, and the time is getting very close when he has to fish or cut bait – he basically has to decide if he want to keep playing for his local club.

Steven will be asked before January to sign the new contract – and if he doesn’t do that we expect Newcastle to try to get as much as they can for him in the January transfer window, and then go immediately after Middlesbrough’s David Wheater.

So Steven has to make up his own mind – and maybe go against the questionable advice of his agent Paul Stretford – and being a Newcastle lad we would expect him to sign the new contract, but you never know what  greed is capable of.

Time is now starting to run out for Steven, and we await the good news that he’s decided, on his own,  to sign a new contract and he can then join another local lad who’s got his head down and working so hard and doing so well for Newcastle United and England.

Another Geordie who wanted to stay at his home town club and made that decision recently – Andy Carroll.

It’s make up your mind time Steven.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • DrunkenSteve

    Dec 1, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #1

    I am absolutely disgusted with the negativity on this blog surrounding Steven Taylor.

    SAYLOR LOVES NUFC. He wants to sign. Is it not obvious that he is not being offered the going rate?

    Mike Ashley squeezes every last penny in negotiations. Think about it every contract situation (baring Mike Williamson who will be grateful for being on the pitch in the EPL) there are delays. Hatem deal took donkeys to complete, why hasn’t Houghton got a new contract? Coz Fat Mike knows that he can squeeze Chris for a few more months essentially increasing the profit margin for that period. Not exact same situation with Saylor but I would bet my mortgage that Fat Mike is trying to negotiate bargain basement wage deals.

    Saylor might not be the most popular player in the club (rumours and hearsay) but he certainly has the pedigree to become a regular in our team. Under 21 Captain, still only 24 with over 100 1st class starts for the toon!?!

    Get off his back. If you want to moan point it in Fat Mikes direction.

  • Toonkistan

    Dec 1, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #2

    hi Ed its not just greed but it can be a career decision too as to he might want to play for a club who are in Europe and if tottenham are interested he might take his chance…if he goes i’d prefer he goes to Everton

  • Captain Beefheart

    Dec 1, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Whatever negativity surrounds Saylor is of his clan’s (father & agent & press lackeys) doing. This saga has been dragging on for over a year on and off, perhaps longer, with the newspapers (hi Louise) being used to ‘press’ his cause to the max.

    You’ll never get a full season out of this lad, he is injury prone, and I’m certain this is one factor in the club’s decision. £40k is more than fair, but I suspect at the back of his own mind Taylor doesn’t want to be another Harper / Ameobi one-club trophy-less servant by 2020, and that sense of ambition’s no sin.

    The only ‘sin’ here is the time it’s all taking as it is stopping the club moving forward. At the very least Taylor owes the fans a quick decision one way or t’other to put an end to the doubt so we can get CB cover in place by the 2nd January – simple as that. To drag it out Owen style to the end of the season and leave on a free would be an insult to a club that stuck by him when he wasn’t available.

    So, no hard feelings, Steve, but MAKE YOUR BLOODY MIND UP, SON!!

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 1, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #4

    Drunken steve,

    Was easier enough for carroll to sign up on allegedly far less money. We’ve paid taylors wages for the lst 8 months when he’s been crocked but a suppose a bit of loyalty woud be asking too much. it cuts both ways

  • nodrog

    Dec 1, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #5

    The so.oner he has gone the better.

  • DrunkenSteve

    Dec 1, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #6

    @ Rotona

    Agreed Carol was easy enough to sign up what you must bare in mind is he will have had a massive pay raise to probably around £30k per week from being on a relatively small youth/reserve contract. Taylor has much more experience and deserves more money accordingly.

    Agreed that the sums are mouth watering but if you knew that you could get an additional 30% (for example) wouldn’t you consider moving jobs? Agreed though that football is full to the brim with mercenaries but we must acknowledge that huge sums are part and parcel of the game. Remember we are talking about an increase of £10,000 a week which is a great deal of money in anyone’s book, worth waiting out for in my book, I know I would in his position.

    Just for the record I think that the £40k bandied round is more than fair but we dont know what is on the table exactly and I think it is unfair of the fans to judge a player when we dont know the facts.


    I think a proportion of the blame must lay at the clubs door. They think he is work £40k per week so why not offer it sooner?

  • cupiddstunt

    Dec 1, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #7

    I am absolutely disgusted with the stupid tunnel vision of some of the posters on this blog, surrounding Steven Taylor

    Tell me drunkensteve what is the going rate for an adequate central defender these days?

    Because that is what he is, we have not suffered great defensive hardship for the last 8 mths of his layoff, we have not missed him in the way we missed Tiote a couple of weeks ago, it might be coincidence but Tiote out we lose 5-1, Barton out Carroll not getting quite the service he craves, Nolan out we lose link up play, goals and on field leadership. STaylor out for 8mths and I can’t say we have really missed him.

    Would you be happy when the financial restraints finally kick in and we are forced to recruit less than adequate players because we were held to ransom at the negotiating table by a greedy agent and forced to pay over the odds for an adequate player?

    Unfortunately for Staylor he is not the best defender around, it is arguable that he is not even the best defender in our squad, and historically defenders are not the best paid, he is not a play maker or goal scorer so not a game winner.

    Seeing as you appear to be privy to inside info as you claim it’s obvious he is not being offered the going rate So tell me again drunkensteve what is the going rate for an adequate defender????

  • Davies

    Dec 1, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #8

    I’m inclined to agree with Cupidstunt, no offence DrunkenSteve, but you’re talking out of your hat. The negativity comes from the situation and the player.

    Taylor’s been offered more than I think he’s worth. If this is his agent’s doing, he needs to fire the greedy tw@ and make his own decisions. If it’s not his agent’s doing then he can whistle.

    You see anyone else banging down the door for him? He won’t get what he’s being offered here anywhere else.

    Either sign, or don’t sign. Just make your f*cking mind up eh!

  • Davies

    Dec 1, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Ha! My comment got censored. I was agreeing with Cupidstunt, but made some other valid points. Thanks Ed.

  • cupiddstunt

    Dec 1, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #10

    Just a thought drunkensteve,

    Some figures from the official NUFC club website are: “Total amount paid to agents in the period 1 October 2009 to 30 September 2010: £2,417,776.

    Almost 2.5 million paid to agents and we are already shopping in the “bargain bins”

    Taylors agent is in line for a mega million £ payout if he can get Taylor to sign for another club so do you really think it is the club that is the stumbling block to these negotiations????

  • DrunkenSteve

    Dec 1, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #11

    @ Cupid.

    “I am absolutely disgusted with the stupid tunnel vision of some of the posters on this blog, surrounding Steven Taylor”

    your words not mine. Negativity not “stupid tunnel vision of some of the posters” you should get a job at the daily mail with that kind of inaccuracy.

    If you read on you would see I think that £40K is in my opinion a fair amount, incidentally for what I would consider a good defender with his best years still ahead of him. Is Smudge worth £50K?

    I know that Fat Mike has done a good job in bringing some financial stability and agree that we should not pay over the odds for players however if we do not offer the players salaries in line with what they are likely to achieve elsewhere then they will leave.

  • cupiddstunt

    Dec 1, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #12

    You totally missed the point of my opening line the tunnel vision was directed at you but never mind,

    You posted your second comment while I was typing mine and as ED does not allow editing of posts so when I hit submit that’s it done.

    There are several wages at the club which are a “little” on the steep side but they were negotiated before the New Owner/Big recession/ FIFA’s fiscal prudence decisions came along so they cannot be compared.

    We have a new playing field now it’s called post recession fiscal awareness and that is about to be bolstered with FIFA’s “only spend what you earn”.

    The days of crazy wages look to be over and yet you still advocate the giving in to over inflated demands of a merely adequate defender.

    I ask again “what is the going rate for an adequate defender????”

    Bearing in mind Mike Williamson appears to be quite adequate.

    And do you really think the club is the stumbling block to the negotiations???

  • chuck

    Dec 1, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #13

    First of all it`s sheer speculation concerning what he was and may be offered (Taylor), second it`s his agent who is conducting the negotiations.
    As for insinuating he may be greedy, hey that applies to all of us when it comes to pay raises and would be naive to not realise that money superceeds any local loyalties, face it, a footballers career is also a short one.
    My understanding was he is already on forty grand a week and for the England U21 ex Captain, with another possible ten years ahead of him and coming into his prime , should be worth more than forty grand, No ?
    As for the speculation concerning Wheater, guys a big strong and capeable CD, though i prefer Taylor, but would be nice to have Wheater also.
    Thing is it`s probably mostly paper talk, the association with , Ireland, Johnson, Wheater, Larrson, etc.
    But would`nt mind signing any of them.

  • DrunkenSteve

    Dec 1, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #14

    Finely a balanced sensible point of view, thanks Chuck.

    I am glad to have facilitated a discussion on this matter.

    adequate, good, bobby dazzler or mealy a cupidstunt is all just opinion and yes we are entitled to them.

  • rwpoynter

    Dec 1, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #15

    Glad to see Captain Beefheart back online. Re Stephen Taylor, I couldn’t agree more. Frankly, he wants to get rid of that clown of an agent, before he ends up having to take a cut in salary. For all the criticism against him Mike Ashley is right. There are a lot of people on this blog who keep NUFC going, who would be grateful for £40k a year let alone a week. Get back into the real world Stephen.

  • Charlietoon

    Dec 1, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #16

    From day one Stevie has been way too interested in what everyone else is being paid and it seems to be what motivates him. He was not happy when we had milner on bigger wages and always wanted more or the same as someone who was playing better and more consistent football. Time for him to go.


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