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Ipswich Town give Steven Taylor his marching orders

5 years ago

Things are going from bad to worse for Steven Taylor.

Released by Newcastle United last summer, the defender signed a two and a half year deal with Portland Timbers.

However, after only four months and nine MLS matches, the club agreed to release Taylor from his contract.

Turning up at Ipswich in January, Steven Taylor managed three Championship games before being injured for the rest of the season.

Despite that, Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy talked enthusiastically about the player appearing for Ipswich this coming (2017/18) season, though now he has had a change of heart.

Steven Taylor had a week’s training camp in Ireland and played in friendlies against Drogheda and Southend but Mick McCarthy had seen enough.

The Ipswich boss has brought in Dominic Iorfa and Jordan Spence, then told Taylor he is no longer wanted.

Difficult to see where the former Newcastle player will go next, even though he is only 31 his horrendous playing record will surely not see any club commit to a long-term deal, with pay as you go his best hope.

It is five years ago since Taylor played double figures of league games for any club and the past seven seasons, only once has he managed more than 14 league starts in a year.

A poll in a local Suffolk newspaper showed 68% thinking it was a good idea that Mick McCarthy had let Steven Taylor go.

Mick McCarthy:

“We have brought in Jordan Spence and Dominic Iorfa in recent weeks to add to what we already have at the back.

“Both Jordan and Dominic are very versatile players that can cover full-back and centre-back positions and we have good competition for places at the back now so we won’t be doing anything with Tayls.

Steven Taylor is a great pro and he will do a good job for someone. We wish him well.”

29 May 2017 – Steven Taylor talking to the East Anglian Daily Times:

“They (Americans) didn’t have a flipping clue what I was saying – they asked if I came with subtitles.

“You have got to speak really slowly, especially with the terms – they call sweetcorn ‘corn’ and they had no idea what I said when I asked for tomatoes.

“I was like ‘come on, you’ve got to understand me’, I don’t think they liked the Geordies for some reason!

“It’s just a different mentality (in America), it doesn’t mean as much if you win, lose, or draw, while over here there is so much more pressure, it’s proper.

“It’s nice to be back and I did miss the banter around the place as that’s one thing I didn’t have in the changing room alongside the hunger and fight in training.

“It (football in the States) is definitely getting better and there are some players from El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Mexico who I would have never thought about being good.

“There’s some top players out there who could easily come and play in the Championship.

“It was a good experience and I enjoyed, it was something new for me and gave me the drive and mojo to come back to England.”


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