Newcastle Did Everything Right With Gutierrez


It seems that Newcastle did everything right in the way they signed Jonás Manuel Gutiérrez from RCD Mallorca today.

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Jonas Gutierez – joined Newcastle United today

We hadn’t heard a squeak about this until this morning, when it was reported on Newcastle’s official web site, and when we looked through our archives over the last 14 months, we’ve never even been linked with the player.

But Portsmouth we know were interested in the player last summer, and the transfer amount then being banded about was around £4M, but we may never officially know the exact figure Newcastle paid, since Newcastle is now private.

Something around £4M would seem like a very decent price to pay for the Argentine International.

Gutierrez was born in July, 1983 in Roque Sáenz Peña, Argentina and turns 25 years old this coming Saturday, but he will be taking a little time off before joining Newcastle after playing for Argentina in some World Cup qualifying games – so will not be training this coming Monday.

Jonas has signed a 5 year deal at the club, and it seems to fit right in with Newcastle’s policy of trying to spot young talent, and then signing them to long term contracts at the club.

But we think most fans will be glad not only with the sigging, but also the way in which Newcastle did it, by saying nothing, before they came up with the goods. 😀

The last 10 days has been about the quietest we’ve known for a long time with news coming from the club, but as we had hoped last week, that’s because management is very busy after their transfer targets.

And that certainly seems the case with Jonas, and no doubt the first signing will lift the spirits of Newcastle’s faithful, after the last few days the news having been almost exclusively about all the bad stuff surrounding Joey Barton.

If Newcastle can keep signing players of the caliber of Gutierrez, we’ll have no problem at all.

Wonder when the next signing will be – but don’t be surprised if we sign somebody else before Monday – we hope so.

Somehow things seems a lot brighter today.

Comments welcome.



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152 comments so far

  • ELFER

    Jul 2, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Wasn’t he a free agent? I don’t know exactly, but I though his contract was running out with RCD Mallorca…anyway, fantastic signing and perfect job! nobody knew this not even one single journalist had an idea we could sing him, luv it!

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  • James

    Jul 2, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #2

    Hopefully this signing shuts up all the negative morons on this site who have been slating the board for not making any signings or talking to the fans.

    This proves they know how to conduct business away from the spotlight of the media and still sign quality players for the Toon

    Excellent work by the recruit team.

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  • ne1

    Jul 2, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #3

    Keegans first signing first time round – long hair beard – Kilcline…
    Look at Gutierrez

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  • Hadji

    Jul 2, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Radomel Falcao would be our 20+ goal scoring machine,Red Nose apparently wants him along with Real Madrid.

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  • valle

    Jul 2, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #5

    Ed… As far as i know its a WEBSTER

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 2, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #6

    Ah…Ed, y’back!..

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  • ObaFan2

    Jul 2, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Plz sort the site out Ed 🙂

    The solution would be to optimize your applications to use less CPU.
    Adding appropriate indeces to your SQL tables can often help reduce CPU.
    Using static .html documents instead of painful .php scripts will practically eliminate CPU usage.

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  • Andrew

    Jul 2, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #8

    Apparently he bought his own contract out!.

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  • Davies

    Jul 2, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Glad you’re back again Ed.

    What more can anyone say. I’m just pleased that our first signoing wasn’t Michael Dawson. Been poking about and this guy seems decent enough. Glad to have him.

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  • el timeo

    Jul 2, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #10

    if you need a hand with this give me a shout, ASP.Net 3 C# Web Developer here! ;o)

    By the way, love the discreet signings, hopefully a sign of things to come!

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  • MARKB

    Jul 2, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #11

    ObaFan2 … sort yourself oot.. shouldnt you be on sadgeeks.cock

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  • Petworth (DC) Mag

    Jul 2, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #12

    who?

    Never heard of him, but I’d never heard of Ginola or Robert before they came here so let’s hope he has a similar impact.

    Well done NUFC, but don’t rest on your morals, more signings plz!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 2, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #13

    He bought his own contract ou usuing the webster clause, but portsmouth offerd £10mil for him in january, so i doubt its £4mil.

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  • Seymour Butts

    Jul 2, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #14

    @ valle whats a WEBSTER?

    been poking around also and this fella looks this business. exactly the sort of flair and creative spark weve been looking for. bit of a free player who can pop up on either wing or through the centre, pretty two footed with a good cross and an eye for goal. BACK OF THE NET! in regards to transfer fees, i think 4m may be a bit low – portsmouth were actually rumoured to have bidded 10, and citeh were also said to have bidded 7, so if it is 4 we can be very pleased.

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  • Ross G

    Jul 2, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #15

    He bought out his own contact under the Webster ruling, which is basically an agreement a player has within his last year of his contract can appeal to buy there own contact out and become a free agent. Accordingly he was on a contract of around £15,000 at Mallorca which means his contract was bought for around £780,000, he would not be able to afford this so expect Newcastle to have paid this out, and probably give him a signing bonus too of around £500,000. So in that case we have signed him for around £1.5m on wages around £25,000 p/w. Hope this helps you all, he is not really a right winger by the way, he can play there but he plays on the LW and cuts in. He is technically very good the best at Mallorca, and he is strong also and best of all he is a team player working very hard for the side. Any other questions please post ill reply later

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  • Seymour Butts

    Jul 2, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #16

    Tom toon in your extensive football knowledge how would you rate this player? 😀

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  • craig chisholm

    Jul 2, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #17

    James, i agree that this was a good way to do business.. .see i can say good things!! Does anyone know much about him, i see he has only scored 6 goals in 9 years like but is his assit ratio high? it must be i reckon. Is he a good signing? who has some good knowledge on him? i think maybe his is getting better as he is only just starting to break into the full argie squad now.

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  • Seymour Butts

    Jul 2, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #18

    wow 1.5m ross g! thats pretty f**ing good!

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  • Neil

    Jul 2, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #19

    What??? I don’t believe it – A signing that Alan Oliver didn’t link us with!!! Surely that is a first. He can’t even give us his usual sh!t of……”As revealed in later editions of last night’s chronicle” – Yeah Alan the one you printed for yourself you sad ugly git!
    I don’t know enough about this lad to comment on how good he is – Like Petworth (DC) Mag I didn’t know anything about Robert or Ginola and look how they turned out.
    1 signing down another 6 or 7 needed!!
    Does anyone else think that this may’ve been a Jeff Vetere recommendation?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 2, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Seymour,, as i say on here often, i watch litle of la liga so i avent seen him much.

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  • Bill F SPLASH MORE CASH ASH

    Jul 2, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #21

    I don’t think my first comment made it through the logjam, so here goes again.
    Great news and a namechange. More superheroes of this type please Mr Ashley and Co. Another similar 10 signings would only cost 15m now that would be good business. 🙂

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  • Stami

    Jul 2, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #22

    he sounds a promising player from what i can find! looks strong on the ball! If he is playing for Argentina he must be a great player. very please with our 1st signing!

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  • BILLY - B

    Jul 2, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #23

    Never heard of him but then again had,nt heard of Ginola if he is any where near as good i think we will all be very happy. I love the way the toon is going about there job not a word slipped out about this one carry on the same way and prove that the media are playing guessing games.

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  • James

    Jul 2, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #24

    The important to remember about this signing and any others is…IGNORE WHAT THEY DID AT OTHER CLUBS.

    KK Always makes a player better than he is. He gives them a confidence and swagger that they won’t have showed at previous clubs

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  • mozza

    Jul 2, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #25

    seems like an unknown quantity, which can make it even more exciting, funny the one player we havent been linked with in the press is the one we buy and he chose us when pompey were interested and have european football, well done recruitment team more to follow please, i still say larson from birmingham and collocini , midfield next year spidey, larson,Gokhan Inler, zog

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  • Stami

    Jul 2, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #26

    BILLY – B yeah its kinda nice knowing that the press caught wind of this off the Official site with the rest of us:) hope this puts the ‘Mr X linked with NUFC’ bug to bed!

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  • Marc Hottiger

    Jul 2, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #27

    Looks like ‘Chris Mort’ got it spot on. Didn’t he tell us that most transfer rumours would be false and that nufc.co.uk would be where we’d hear about official transfer news and also that there would be a new strip out? Interesting.

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  • toooooon fan

    Jul 2, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #28

    i would have known about it
    if only he had liked chinese………..

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  • dick

    Jul 2, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #29

    Since Pearson left no info seems to get out toon unless they want it to, maybe lots of other nice surprises shortly

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  • ObaFan2

    Jul 2, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #30

    MARKB…..?????? grow up

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  • Hobs

    Jul 2, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #31

    Marc: We’re linked with about 20 players every day, so guess most of the rumours are false 😉

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  • Ian

    Jul 2, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #32

    Agreed it was a good way to do business and shows that Vetere is the quality we hoped for.

    We know Keegan can do the business, let us hope this player is one of a few who will lift us and we keep the better players we already have.

    One Swallow doesnt make a Summer, but this is a very positive start on the 2nd day.

    Better get ready with my Ashley apology letter, Craig started yours yet??

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  • craig chisholm

    Jul 2, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #33

    Does anyone know how we are getting along with arron spear?? he was supposed to sign for the 01st sumone on here said b4? has he signed??

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  • Dan

    Jul 2, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #34

    tooon ‘fan’ the jokes dead man

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  • Greek Toon

    Jul 2, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #35

    Spiderman does a Webster…LOL

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  • mozza

    Jul 2, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #36

    his nickname is the greyhound so i guess he’s lightning quick either that or he pees on the cornerflags

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  • Toon_Ksk

    Jul 2, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #37

    More surprises in the bag!! Going to be an exciting summer!

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  • craig chisholm

    Jul 2, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #38

    Ha yes Ian, i aint ready to say any appologies yet. This means nothing if we go and get shot of zogs or martins. hopefully that wont happen though. this guy must be getting better though as he is only now just breaking into the full national team.

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  • Fernando

    Jul 2, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #39

    Super cool, next i want batman in midfield then superman upfront then ironman on the left wing then the hulk in defence and hancock to boost shirt sales.

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  • Ian

    Jul 2, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #40

    Fernando, many a true word said in jest!!!!!

    We do want good players and we want the season tickets and merchandise to fly off the shelf so the club can afford to invest more heavily in the team and the owner wants to keep it.

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