Exclusive: Taylor reveals he's "gutted" to be leaving Millwall

© Edmund Boyden
© Edmund Boyden

CHRIS Taylor has denied that his impending move to rivals Blackburn Rovers was motivated by money or a desire to move closer to home.

The popular winger is set to complete a switch to Ewood Park later this month after turning down the offer of a two-year contract to keep him at Millwall.

But Taylor, who was born in Oldham, has rejected claims that he wanted to be back nearer his family. He said: "I've heard people say I was desperate to get back up north, but I was settled down south.



"It's so untrue – it couldn't be further from the truth. I loved my time at Millwall and I was really looking forward to extending my contract, even if that meant living in London.

"The lads at the club were brilliant and they helped me settle in well. I made some good friends there. I kind of got used to and enjoyed living in London by the end.

"My talks with Blackburn and potentially being closer to home are just a coincidence. I am disappointed that it's looking like I won't be a Millwall player next season.



"The backroom staff, the people who work at the training ground, the stadium and behind the scenes are all fantastic. The fans were unbelievable with me so from that point of view I'm gutted to be leaving.

"I'm sure the people at Millwall who know me properly know I am a person who's not all about money. Money will never decide where I go or what I do. It is down to my football."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

25 thoughts on “Exclusive: Taylor reveals he's "gutted" to be leaving Millwall

  • May 23, 2013 at 10:06
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    Our best player.
    Sign him up cos it doesn't look like he wants to go.

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  • May 23, 2013 at 10:07
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    Exactly why are you leaving then Chris?

    If you're so keen to stay why talk with Blackburn in the first place?

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  • May 23, 2013 at 10:09
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    My thoughts exactly Les, what's happened then to make you sign for Blackburn?

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  • May 23, 2013 at 10:38
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    Don't understand why he wants to go - perhaps if the new manager is appointed soon he may be persuaded to stay - hope so!

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  • May 23, 2013 at 10:42
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    If you're so happy then why are you leaving?

    And if he is so happy then why are we allowing him to go without any more talks?

    ll these questions have to be answered

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  • May 23, 2013 at 10:44
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    he's leaving the club. would have nothing to lose by telling us the reason why but chose not to. HMM

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  • May 23, 2013 at 10:49
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    The way I read what was going on, was that JB gave Taylor a deadline to sign a new contract, he didn,t sign and then came the talks with Blackburn. I thought it was because he was waiting to see who the new manager would be. Surely its not too late if no contracts have been signed for him to stay. Must be something else that we are not being told.

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  • May 23, 2013 at 10:51
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    Footballer talk. He still doesn't say why he is going

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  • May 23, 2013 at 11:08
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    He's going because he wants to. He could have signed a contract but he didn't. He's moving back up North because he wants to. So cut out the crap saying you're gutted. Proper cock and bull.

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  • May 23, 2013 at 11:53
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    Saying one thing and doing the opposite.

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  • May 23, 2013 at 12:11
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    Wonder if he'll stay if berylson appoints markus babbel. Daily mail exclusive

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  • May 23, 2013 at 12:26
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    You can't be that 'gutted' otherwise you would have signed the contract. If it's not money or a move back north what is it? Utter b*******!

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  • May 23, 2013 at 12:29
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    "GUTTED" so why are you leaving?
    Not for money.
    Not to move up North.
    SO WHAT, dont give me this horse s***, if you were that gutted you would have signed a new deal.

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  • May 23, 2013 at 12:33
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    'I loved my time at Millwall and I was really looking forward to extending my contract.....'
    So tell me again, why didn't you want to sign a new contract!!
    Only thing you'll be doing at Blackburn is warming there bench, or sitting in the treatment room.

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  • May 23, 2013 at 12:37
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    Not interested. Tala scotch egg b*******.

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  • May 23, 2013 at 12:46
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    Spare us the b*******, and please don't insult our intelligence.
    Prove me wrong and sign or just shut up.

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  • May 23, 2013 at 13:14
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    Lying ginger p****!!!

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  • May 23, 2013 at 13:34
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    Bye bye Taylor
    Pls go quietly mate cos you only said why your not going and not why your going.
    Make no bones lads if he wanted to stay then he would have signed unless its something to do with people higher up.

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  • May 23, 2013 at 13:36
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    Says everything in his interview except why he isn't staying! I liked Taylor, but the contract was laid there in front of him and he didn't sign. He's not signing for the manager, he's signing for the club. Players cannot be afforded the luxury of 'waiting to see who the next manager is going to be'. For G*ds sake you are signing for Millwall Football Club that you are now 'gutted' to be leaving. Berylson did the right thing in asking 'are you playing for us next season or not?' Taylor said no. I say F*ck off then, just like Berylson did, good on ya JB. That mentality of player won't keep us in this league. Our little club is gonna need all the help it can get to stay in the Championship and it starts with players who's hearts and souls stink of Millwall...its the only way.

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  • May 23, 2013 at 14:01
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    Yep good player but if you don't wanna sign a new contract f*** off , allegedly contract was there but cause his agent was on holiday he didn't sign as long as what was being offered was around what you wanted why does agent need to be there - to wipe ur a***

    Move on frees up more cash for wages and gives the physio a rest

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  • May 23, 2013 at 14:48
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    Layers bloodnut. Do us a favour and stop talking s***.

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  • May 23, 2013 at 16:57
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    poor excuse chris , if its not about money , or home sick ,then why , if u wanted to sign then why whos in charge u or your agent , you was well liked with us , but thats over now , dunny sharping his studs as we speak .

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  • May 23, 2013 at 22:23
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    Letting the fans know this type of news has what benefit???? comforting to know he is gutted to be gone...makes perfect sense

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  • May 27, 2013 at 13:01
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    Hasn't signed a contract with anyone especially yet. Maybe if we get a new manager sooner than later a deal can still be done

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