As I'm sure all you loyal toonites will know already Steven Taylor was reportedly deep in thought over his future at the club after the delay on Shearer's appointment as manager and just general chaos at the club.
This topical storyline was deemed news worthy by myself and I well and truly plonked it onto Goal.com just yesterday.
Here is the full article for those of you who didn't see this story.
Steven Taylor's Future Hinges On Manager Appointment
Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor will make a decision on his future after a manager is appointed.
Reports in The Shields Gazette claim the 23-year-old will stay if Alan Shearer is appointed as permanent manager, but will consider his options should somebody else be appointed to the role.
The England Under-21 captain returns to pre-season training next week and little progress has been made since he and his club were relegated at Aston Villa on the final day of last season.
Turmoil at the club has seen every player put up for sale but Taylor is on a list of players that should only be sold as a last resort, along with goalkeeper Steve Harper, midfielder Nicky Butt and fellow defender Habib Beye, as the Toon attempt to retain a spine for their Championship campaign.
Taylor has been tracked by a number of Premier League clubs, including Arsenal, West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur, but is keen to stay with the Magpies.
The Shields Gazette source claims that Shearer told Taylor he would not be leaving for any price if he was appointed manager, but with time ticking away before pre-season begins, Taylor may feel he needs to make a decision soon.
Written For Goal.com --- June 2009
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