Steve Bruce told player to get off team bus before Newcastle move as agent followed in car

Newcastle United completed the signing of Ryan Taylor from Wigan Athletic in 2009 and the former defender did all he could to push the move through

Ryan Taylor has disclosed that in order to get his desired transfer to Newcastle United, he instructed his agent to follow him on the team bus.

As part of the transaction that saw Charles N’Zogbia move in the opposite direction to the DW Stadium, Taylor moved from Wigan Athletic to Newcastle in 2009. However, as the mid-season deadline drew closer, the transfer did not exactly appear to be close.

In truth, Taylor was already scheduled to face Aston Villa on January 31 by Steve Bruce. Taylor consequently believed he had to make a bold decision as Wigan moved closer to Villa Park.

“I said to my agent, ‘I need to get off this bus,'” Taylor recalled to Ladbrokes Fanzone. “This was the chance of a lifetime for me. I wasn’t going to miss out on it.

“I told him, ‘You’re going to have to follow this bus, because I’m not missing this move,'” My agent then drives after our team bus on the M6 and stops at a gas station because he must have received a call. At this service station on the M6 on the route to the game, I essentially ended up getting off the team bus and running back up the road. There is none. Almost no negotiating. Bam. Job done.

“I believe Steve Bruce was aware of the situation when my agent was following us that day. Everyone is wondering what’s going on after we stopped over in this service station, but Steve must have understood because there was just much too much conversation going on the moment the deal was made. Charles may have been negotiating his own unique terms, which is why I believe everything was delayed.

“I’m sat on this bus, though, and obviously I know my agent is right behind us. Next thing you know, Steve Bruce just shouts: ‘Taylor! Off!’ And I’ve leapt up, giving high-fives to all the boys. “See you, boys!'”

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