Taylor motivated to stay up
Maik Taylor accepts that he is less likely to be kept on by Birmingham if the club is relegated.
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 05/11/07 2:21pm
Maik Taylor accepts that he is less likely to be kept on by Birmingham if the club is relegated from the Premier League.
When Blues dropped down to the Championship in 2006 Nico Vaesen had to leave, and Taylor fears the same fate may befall him.
The 35-year-old goalkeeper is out of contract at the end of the season but he believes he can boost his chances of a new deal by helping Birmingham to stay in the top flight.
"My contract's up in the summer, there's no option or anything like that," Taylor told the Birmingham Mail.
"Hopefully we will stay in the Premiership, that would make things easier.
"If we got relegated, then with the cutbacks and everything like that, there's a slimmer chance of remaining.
"It happened last time, we went with two goalkeepers in the Championship and Nico Vaesen, who was out of contract, had to leave. So yes, it is some incentive to stay up."
Taylor is hoping to discuss his contract with Steve Bruce but is aware that the manager's own future remains uncertain.
"I have spoken to the gaffer already and he's in the same position until the takeover goes through," he explained.
"Once it does, then we will sit down and see where we go. My family is settled in the area, I love it here and I'm still enjoying it thoroughly and hopefully we can sort something out."