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.