Paul Stretford The Likely Culprit In Taylor Contract Log-Jam

News in the Sunday Telegraph today that new Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will be sitting down with Steven Taylor’s agent Paul Stretford this coming week.

Paul Stretford – is this person the log-jam – very likely

That’s in an effort to try to clear the log-jam that is stopping Steven Taylor from signing his new contract to stay on Tyneside.

As we reported earlier today, Alan has already sat down with Taylor to try to understand what’s stopping the player from signing the deal.

And it looks to us that his agent Paul Stretford is the very likely log-jam that’s hindering any progress being made on the contract – after all negotiations have been going on for a full 12 months now.

After talking with Steven earlier this week, Alan now wants to talk to Paul Stretford to see if he can broker some amicable solution.

This is what Alan Pardew said today:

“I have spoken to Steven this week. I have not had an indication that he wants to leave. I think he wants the contract to be right for him,”

“He wants a contract he thinks is fair for his ability. That’s something I will try to work out when I sit down with him and his agent, Paul Stretford.

These football agents are getting far too mischievous in the way they try to manipulate the deals in their favor, for their own personal good and lining their own pockets, rather than for that of their client – which is their job.

If Alan can broker some kind of deal that would be great – and it will give the fans some confidence that he can get things done on Tyneside, and of course we’ll also keep a very experienced PL defender who has played 176 times for the Tyneside club so far in his career with 10 goals.

The alternative right now is we’ll lose Steven for a measly £2M next month,  when he’s worth so much more than that.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • JP...from The Rock

    Dec 19, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #1

    We have to keep Taylor here as he has proved many times he is prem quality. He’s a local lad and experienced. He also is very talented and is very dangerous when he bombs forward. We should do everything possible to keep him here and Alan Pardew is going on about it the right way.

    Ps. I hate football agents the greedy bast**ds

  • geoff777

    Dec 19, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #2

    We need Fifa to take the limit the role ans earnings of agents within the game.

    They suck money out of the sport.
    They create a mercenary set of players with more power at the very top level of the game than they should have.
    Look at Tevez and Rooney.

    Mr Stretford is going to end up with some NUFC cash if Steven Taylor does sign.
    Steven Taylor may end up with a few thousand a week more than if he’d signed the first deal offered a long time ago.
    So Steven Taylor probably thinks his agent is great.

    The agent may have got Taylor a few grand a week more but the agent will of negotiated himself a massive cut of any deal that is concluded.

    Transfer and contract extensions should have a set agent’s fee.
    This would make it more profitable for agents/lawyers to settle earlier in negotiations.
    Currently agents are dragging things out as long as possible because they can blackmail clubs with players leaving out of contract for free.

    Taylor and his agent are playing who blinks first with Ashley & Llambias.
    Are they wrong for doing this?
    Legally and in business terms, no they aren’t.
    From a fans point of view, it looks like Taylor doesn’t really care that much about NUFC.

    Taylor needs to sign or go

    Players do need professional and legal advice but “deal-makers” need to have their “cut” severely limited by Fifa.

  • percy91

    Dec 19, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #3

    i really think we are going to be in a relegation scrap this year. i actually have no confidence for the club now with padrew and ashley. would they ever just f off and leave? imagine if we had a good ownwe who doesnt care about his own pocket and only the clubs

  • rwpoynter

    Dec 19, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #4

    If only we could find one!

    Stretford and his type are like bankers, just parasites, putting nothing in, just sucking out. I would say no and let S Taylor go. Kadar will, given the chance , be better.

  • Davies

    Dec 19, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #5

    I don’t know who’s responsible for the contract deadlock, but from what I’ve read about Stretford, I don’t like him. Of course, he could be the nicest bloke in the world. I have what the media chooses to report about him to go on.

  • Spotlight Kid

    Dec 19, 2010 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #6

    He looks like Mike Ashley’s evil bloodsucking Transylvanian cousin to me….

    “Listen to the children of the night, what music they make….”

    I now understand why Taylor always look so glassy eyed and anemic. Medics, check his neck!

  • chuck

    Dec 19, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #7

    C`mon Ed. when you gonna stop flogging this dead horse ?
    Puleez ! why attempt to demonize Taylors agent, tell you what if you were a player at this time , he`s the kinda guy you would want.
    He got Rooney everything he wanted and more.
    Hey! fans still love him , so where`s the harm ?
    You are implying Taylor is blameless, but hey the guy is only asking for a fair contract and he will get it, either here or at some other club.
    Perhaps you should place some blame for the stalemate on a tightwad owner who is attempting to install a salary cap (aint gonna work) hell it`s no secret, we are all aware of his recent dealings or should i say lack of dealings.
    As for any loyalty, thats a two way street also.

  • Toon1978

    Dec 19, 2010 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #11

    By the time the press are finished we will have sold Carroll, Tiote, Barton,Nolan just to mention a few. Sick to death of hearing about it. If Spurs want Carroll then i am afraid they will probably have to cough up 25 to 30 million quid. What a f…ing insult to offer Keane or Crouch and a sum of money for Carroll lol. Arry, give us PAV,BALE and 15 million and then there will be a deal.

  • madman67

    Dec 19, 2010 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #13

    kinda agree with 4 if st leaves big deal, kadar in maybe? ST is ok but still drops clangers even with his exp. if j barton goes hes a plyer that would be missed, lets hope we get some good money for him.
    read about pards lookin at some southampton c defender, so maybe he is going, but i wont loose any sleep if he does

  • spanishtoon

    Dec 20, 2010 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #15

    This guy is endemic of what is wrong in general with football but also..

    why hooliganism is not footballs problem

  • Mac

    Dec 20, 2010 at 2:09 AM

    Comment #16

    Get rid of the2 of them.

  • JSYproject

    Dec 20, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #17

    arsehole.. hope we get rid of him then he gets a career ending break, might sound immature, might sound petty but i cannot stand people like this, got andy carroll who could be the next big thing in english football and actually has great ability and he just wants to play in the black and white, who is just happy to play for HIS team, for OUR team… then this other local lad who should be just dying to get out there in the shirt, and hes piss fartin about with the club holding it to ransome, he dosnt want to play for OUR team hes not one of US. money grabbin little cretin get out and get what you deserve you are a disgrace to yourself and the club.

    we got lads from all ovr the country, all over the world who have more respect and more loyalty for the toon, he should be ashamed. badly advised or not, hes a grown f****in man he knows what hes doing and he knows by doing it he will always be remembered as an arsehole.


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