Currently 73% of over 2200 fans voting in our recent poll want Steven Taylor to stay on Tyneside.
Alan Pardew and Steven Taylor after Pardew arrived on Tyneside
And there’s some good news today that Alan Pardew is getting right in the middle of the dispute, and seemingly doing everything he can to ensure Steven stays a Newcastle player.
And apparently his efforts are impressing not only Steven, but Taylor’s representatives too.
And it turns out that it’s something we had suspected all along, that the dispute lies between Steven’s agent Paul Stretford, and the club’s hierarchy.
Pardew told the Sunday Sun today
“I have spoken to Steven and the indication from him is not that he’s looking to leave,” “It is far from resolved. Steven wants it to be right for him – the contract, that is – and that he has a fair contract for his ability.”
“I think that is fair and I will sit down with him and his agent to try and work out a resolution.” “But if he could, I think he would stay.” “I want him to stay,”
“When I spoke to him this week I wanted to know the ins and outs of the contract negotiations and how they’ve gone. I want to know what the problem is and how we can resolve it.”
“We might not be able to do that but I hope we can.” “Newcastle have an asset there that isn’t an asset at the end of the year,” “I can understand why they have transfer listed him.”
“They want something for their asset – this player is a good player, he’s been involved with England recently.” “If you’re Newcastle, you don’t want to lose a player of that caliber.”
As we have found out about Paul Stretford before – the difficulty in the negotiations often lies with the agent and not the player – as we found out with the ridiculous Wayne Rooney affair.
Football agents are becoming like financial people in general – they are only in it for what they can get for themselves – it’s called greed – and usually they don’t care one little bit about the clients (players) they represent.
They seem to be a growing cancer on the game of football. That’s not true of all agents of course, but Paul is probably one of the worst, and we know Sir Alex Ferguson would agree completely with that viewpoint.
If this is indeed the case, it’s also getting time for Steven to wake up and take control of his own destiny – and sign on the dotted line for his home town club.
At the end of the day it’s his decision to make, and not his agent’s.