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City Release Stuart Taylor: The Cull Commences

Manchester City has today (01/07/10) released standby goalkeeper Stuart Taylor. The cull, as expected commences.

The official MCFC website published the following statement:

'Manchester City can confirm that Stuart Taylor has not had his contract renewed and has left the club.'

'The goalkeeper arrived at City last summer and understudied Shay Given for most of the season, making one first team appearance against Scunthorpe United in the FA Cup last January.'

'Unluckily for Stuart, a knee injury towards the end of the season prevented him from replacing Shay Given in the side after the Irishman dislocated a shoulder against Arsenal.'

'We thank Stuart for his services, and wish him the very best of luck for the future.'

The 29-year-old shot-stopper is expected to drop down the leagues having failed to impress at City, Arsenal and Aston Villa and no doubt his former loan clubs, Bristol Rovers, Crystal Palace, Peterborough, Leicester and Cardiff City will have first dibs at bringing in the former England U21 keeper on a free.

The cull commences...

Martin Petrov is another victim of the anticipated cull having been released in June. I wonder who will be next.

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Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 1 2010

Time: 9:29AM

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I forgot to add Sylvinho and Benjani to the list.
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01/07/2010 10:02:00

In fairness you have to ask yourself what a man who really only sees himself as a number 2 goalkeeper contributes to anything!
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01/07/2010 10:19:00

Stuart Taylor was once hyped as the next big thing, but clearly doesn't have what it takes to make it at the highest level. Good luck to him wherever he goes, can't help but feel that if he'd not been injured he'd have played the rest of the season for us, but that's life I guess!
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01/07/2010 10:23:00

Very good point pedmachine. The thought of knowing your only good enough to be a standby would drive most of us nuts (wibble). Perhaps he's (Taylor) just after the money and glory of being at a top-flight club. Oh well, there is always non-league footy.
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01/07/2010 10:23:00

Goalkeepers are a special case and most clubs want an average number two, who accepts the bench for most matches. Our issue is that we will again have two number ones and neither will welcome the bench - something has to give!!
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01/07/2010 11:41:00

Talking of number 2's. Will Hart want to be number 2 behind Given, or vice-versa? I dunno!!
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01/07/2010 11:44:00

I m sure Stuart will find another club, but I really don't understand why we got him in the first place, he was not any better than Smikes junior
Buzz Lightyear
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01/07/2010 12:06:00

Only reason we signed him was because we loaned Hart out, hence Taylor only getting a 1-year deal. I guess this either confirms Hart won't be loaned out or that if he is, we'll have a new #3 (#2 w/o Hart) keeper. I sure hope Joe starts the season between the sticks. Finally an academy player who doesn't look like he'll flounder any time soon (unlike Stevie and Micah).
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02/07/2010 09:08:00

I guess I should correct myself as Hart isn't an academy player per se, as we bought him, but we were still responsible for his upbringing as a footballer.
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02/07/2010 09:09:00


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