Taylor to leave Toon

NEWCASTLE United defender Steven Taylor is considering quitting St James' Park because of the turmoil gripping the managerless Tyneside club after their failure to appoint Alan Shearer as their long-term manager.

NEWCASTLE United defender Steven Taylor is considering quitting St James' Park because of the turmoil gripping the managerless Tyneside club after their failure to appoint Alan Shearer as their long-term manager. (Telegraph)

Taylor led the calls for Shearer to be handed the reins following relegation to the Championship a month ago but his appeals have fallen on deaf ears and that has made the centre-half question his own future.

Taylor, who has been ruled out of England's Under-21 European Championship campaign due to an Achilles injury, has been worried by the impasse gripping his local club after it was put up for sale by owner Mike Ashley.

Sources close to Taylor have admitted that he will review his own position at the club if Shearer is not placed in charge.


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“Steven wants to stay, but, like many players and fans, he is concerned by the uncertainty surrounding the ownership and managership of Newcastle United,” said a source.

“Having supported the club all his life, he was devastated on the final day of last season. However, he was hopeful that Alan Shearer would be swiftly appointed, and he could start to rebuild ahead of a huge season for the club.

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“Steven gave Alan his word that he would stay he if was to take charge on a full-time basis, and nothing has changed. He wants to help the club back into the Premier League, and he firmly believes Alan is the man to take the club forward.

“However, if Alan were not to be named the club's next manager, then he would have to review the situation.”

Taylor, who has made more than 150 appearances for Newcastle since making his debut five years ago, signed a new three-year contract last season and Shearer said he would recommend that he was handed a more lucrative, longer-term deal this summer.

Shearer told Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias last month that Taylor was the player he wanted to build his team around but then talks over the manager's position broke down.

Shearer could yet be appointed manager but that would appear to hinge on whether or not a takeover of the club gets under way.

Coach Chris Hughton is set to take charge of first-team affairs at Newcastle who kick off their season with a trip to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, August 8.

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