How Much Will Paul Stretford Get On Steven Taylor’s Deal?


Newcastle are said to have made rather a lucrative offer to Steven Taylor to remain on Tyneside.

Paul Stretford – maybe deal is held up because of his fees?

And we have to think that Chris Hughton has made it clear to the Newcastle Board,  that he wants Steven to stay on Tyneside, and it’s to the Board’s credit,  if they have suitably increased their offer to the local lad.

The Newcastle Evening  Chronicle is today reporting that Steven himself is keen to get this thing behind him.

His agent Paul Stretford will be in Newcastle today,  to discuss the new improved offer and we are really hoping there will be news later today, that Steven has signed his contract.

But Chris Hughton has made it abundantly clear he sees Steven as Newcastle’s future as he said today:

Hughton – who will again pair Taylor with Sol Campbell at the Hawthorns – said today:

“He is aware of  the fact that this football club very much wants him here, and wants him to stay for a number of years.”

“He’s absolutely part of the future.” “He’s the profile we want here. He’s at a good age, and a local lad.”

“There are always going to be players who have issues away from football, or contractual issues.”

“But once they get on that training pitch, they’ve got to train, and once they get on the field, they’ve got to play.”

“That’s all you can ask of a football player. That won’t change, and I have no worries about Steven Taylor.”

“He’s been out for a long time, and I can only assess him on the one performance last Sunday, but I thought he and Sol did very well.”

Both Sol and Steven showed on Sunday,  just how professional they both are, and it was good to see, and even helped to get Newcastle a well deserved point.

Steven’s father Alf, acted as his agent the last time around in the negotiations,  but now he’s relying on Stretford, who is also Wayne Rooney’s agent, and not particularly well liked at Man United, for the way he handled Rooney’s contract negotiations recently.

One good question we should be asking,  is is how much will Paul Stretford get on the deal, and it may even be his fee that could be holding up Steven’s deal – wouldn’t that be something

Premier League clubs are now required to report how much they spend on agents’ fees each year, and Newcastle spent a little over £2M for the year just ended, which is about average, but clubs like Chelsea paid over £9M.

There was a time when there weren’t any agents making millions in representing the players – but we suppose those days have gone forever – and that’s a pity.

Comments welcome.



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15 comments so far

  • estechco

    Dec 3, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #1

    Simples…too much!

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  • lesh

    Dec 3, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #2

    A wee bit out of touch with the news but as STalyor’s said he wants to remain on Tyneside, and Chelsea are said to be ready to offr £9m for him, why on earth is Stretford doing touting him about?

    That of course begs the question – in whose interests are Stretford and his ilk looking after – the agent’s or the player’s?

    I think we all know the answer to that one and I believe the club’s correct in trying to force the parasites out of the game.

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  • lesh

    Dec 3, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Off thread but another player commits himself……

    http://www.nufc.co.uk/articles/20101203/williamson-agrees-long-term-deal_2281670_2236438

    Great news that we seem to be more ahead of the game than in previous seasons.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 3, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #4

    Nile Rangers signed a new 5 and a half year deal aswel, Good to know that we are working hard behind the scenes to keep our best and promising players, now for the 5 year deal for Ben Arfa ha =]

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  • Ericles

    Dec 3, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Leeches on the body of football like Stretford do the game no good at all. Players should opt for PFA representation and help rid the game of agent parasites – though of course there are good agents. Stretford does not seem to be one of them. Sign on the dotted line Steve and then heave your so-called agent out the door!

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  • curmon

    Dec 3, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #6

    We should insist that all agents fees are paid by the player they represent, this would bring everyone down to earth and would severely diminish the power of self interested agents like Stretford

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  • Harrogatetoon

    Dec 3, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #7

    I couldn’t agree any more with Curmon, football must be the only industry where it’s agents are paid at both ends “madness”

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  • lewman

    Dec 3, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #8

    the agent would then just use a clause where they get a percent of the players wages and bonuses and then try and get as much for the player as they can which is basically the same situation that is going on now just worded differently.

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  • chuck

    Dec 3, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Oh ! it`s a case of demonizing agent`s is it ?
    I suppose most posters here would like a return to the days when the boss called in a player and told him how much he was going to be paid and sign here .
    You folks just dont get it, a small minded approach to how business takes place in professional sport.
    However that`s not to say i dont think that many athletes are not overpaid.
    But the league has to come up with a viable programe that will bring economic sanity to the present system.
    The best proposal is to learn from the various salary cap systems at present in effect in pro. sports in the US, and develope a system that best fills the needs of both player associations and owners.
    At present in the USA there is co-operation and a certain fairness between both sides and the EPL and other european leagues could do worse than checking to see both how they work and how they could be applied here.
    Otherwise the advantage will be with both players and agents, working within the present rules.

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  • BeeGuy

    Dec 3, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #10

    I think the agent should get every penny he can for his client. But it is up to the client and the team to decide what is the best final decision. NUFC can say “No” and Taylor can say “I want to be here, so I settle for less.” In a grim financial climate, if Taylor can make a pile now, he has to take that into careful consideration.

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  • lewman

    Dec 3, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #11

    in the usa they have salary caps but then have exceptions for a certain number of players that i cant remember how many. i think a salary cap that effects every player would be more suitable with a set bonus system depending on games played and league position, but this may be very difficult and confusing to work out and i am sure the bigger clubs would find loopholes through image rights and things like that.

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Dec 3, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #12

    Williamson just signed a new deal and I guess negotiations took a few weeks?

    Taylor doesnt deserve more then whatever Williamson is getting so if Taylor wants to truly stay at us, he would have signed a contract because if Williamson accepted a contract from the club then it shows the club ARE offering a fair deal to the players…

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  • curmon

    Dec 3, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #13

    lewman

    the flaw in your argument is that in the case I stated, the player can moderate the agents excesses, whereas if the club is paying it is of no concern to the player.

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  • geordieal

    Dec 3, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #14

    Football can do without agents, footballers are adults, they should negotiate there own contracts, it’s just plain laziness, or there just plain stupid!

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  • Sav

    Dec 4, 2010 at 2:28 AM

    Comment #15

    Judging by opinions expressed on yesterday’s blog, it doesn’t sound like fans are all that bothered whether Taylor stays or not.There are other fish in the sea and we are well covered at CB at the moment.
    All this means Stretford isn’t playing with a very strong hand.
    As for Chelsea’s interest, I’d guess half of agent’s like PS’ cash goes on backhanders to so-called ‘journalists’ to peddle stories to suit their current situation.

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