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Steven Taylor explains how Newcastle United being a ‘business club’ forced move

5 years ago

Steven Taylor has an interesting take on why he is no longer a Newcastle United player.

For most Newcastle fans it was quite simple, the defender was a player who had once shown promise but had ended up being a liability.

Given at least one contract too many, Steven Taylor had been a declining asset on the pitch and somebody with a woeful injury record.

At the age of 30 there was no way he should have been offered another contract, although we all feared that if it hadn’t been for the presence of Rafa Benitez there would have been every chance that he would have been. Instead he was reported to have been offered a more realistic pay as you play deal which led to his departure.

Considering Steven Taylor had only made 25 league starts in the past three years, through injury and poor form, it would have been incredibly bad business if he had been given another proper contract. On a par with the previous decisions to give the likes of Fabricio Coloccini and Sammy Ameobi new deals last summer.

However, Taylor’s rather bizarre take on why he left, is that he was forced out because ‘Newcastle United is a business club’.

The former Newcastle player saying ‘You can bring in players who are worth money, I didn’t cost anything, you have to get assets to keep the value’.

Talk about overcomplicating something…a player who was hardly ever fit and even if he was, Newcastle now having far better players such as Mbemba and Lascelles. That is the reality of what his position at St James Park was.

Also, like a lot of players Steven Taylor has a twisted concept of ‘loyalty’.

He says he had been loyal to Newcastle since the age of nine.

This is exactly the same as Shola Ameobi, it is Newcastle who were the loyal/misguided ones, in keeping these players at the club when in reality they weren’t good enough.

Paying them Premier League wages when they weren’t up to the job.

As I said above, Steven Taylor only managed 25 league starts in the past three years and only 50 in the previous three seasons to that, so basically when earning top dollar and in his peak years as a player, he only averaged 12 league starts per season. Not bad work if you can get it.

Plus when you talk about loyalty, where were all of these top clubs that Newcastle were supposedly fighting off to keep him?

Good luck to him in America and all that…but it is Steven Taylor who owes Newcastle United big time, not the other way around.

Steven Taylor:

“Newcastle United is a business club. You can bring in players who are worth money, I didn’t cost anything, you have to get assets to keep the value.

I had been loyal to Newcastle since I was a nine year old lad, so to come out of that was a big risk.

“However, I do hope they do bounce back. They have had a hard few years and I want to wish them all the best- but I want to focus on my new life.”

Almost moving to Turkey:

“I was there (Turkey) when it (attempted coup) all happened, a Turkish side came in for me and got me out there.

“I had agreed nearly everything until that night, we went to a restaurant in Istanbul and everyone suddenly started leaving.

“I had my dad ringing and texting me to ask if everything was OK and I didn’t realise what was going on – I couldn’t get back to the hotel as the military came in and blocked us off.

“It was a nerve-racking thing but the Turkish people looked after us and I got back to the hotel the next day.

“The next morning it was back to normal – it was a freak thing but I felt safe.”

The day after returning from Turkey, Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson called:

“I think I spoke to him at 11.30 at night and by 4am I was at the airport for a flight out here.

“I flew Newcastle to Amsterdam and then on to Portland, he wanted me here to see the game against LA Galaxy and to talk. Clubs were coming in.

“I was straight on the flight, two suitcases and I was living out here and I haven’t gone back (to Newcastle) since. I was back a day from Turkey and the next night they were telling me to get on the flight.

“I met the owner, watched the game in a box then met the manager after the game. We talked and in the space of 45 minutes the deal was done and dusted.”


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