The 25-year-old Argentine International was scouted in the summer by Tony Jimenez and Dennis Wise, and although both are very much in the bad books with Newcastle fans right now, they have brought some decent players to the club this year.
Jonas Gutierrez – terrific signing for Newcastle United
Of course Tony Jimenez resigned from his position last month, but it’s good in a way we still have Dennis at the club, because he can help Joe Kinnear with the transfer dealings in January. That’s assuming both are still at the club at that time, of course.
The Guardian has an excellent interview today with Jonas, and he started by talking about the time on Friday, 5th September, when Keegan resigned from the club for a second time. We still don’t know what was behind all the argument going on with in the club at that time.
“I was shocked,” “I hadn’t expected it at all but these are the things that can happen in football.”
Jonas was at the time in Argentina, recovering from his broken collar bone, when the news broke of Kinnear’s appointment, as Jonas continued:
“I had never heard of him,” “But I looked at the internet and found him there. I wanted to know who he was, so I did some reading up on him. I’ve enjoyed working with him so far. He’s a good manager and we’re trying to do the best we can for him.”
Certainly Jonas has been just great since he’s returned to the team, and certainly Joe has a very high opinion of the Argentine International.
Gutierrez then turned his attention to his new Argentine manager, Diego Maradona, who it turns out he will meet for the first time before they play Scotland the week after next.
“Maradona was my childhood hero,” “I was too young to watch the 1986 World Cup but I’ve seen all the films and I watched every game in 1990 and Maradona was fantastic.”
“I’ve never met him before and it will be a little strange for all the players but we just have to think of him now as our coach and do our best for him.”
Gutiérrez has been named in Maradona’s first Argentine squad, for the friendly against Scotland at Hampden Park on November 19th.
“It’s fantastic,” “Everyone in Argentina is excited because this is a really good opportunity for us to win the next World Cup.”
Funny, that’s what a lot of people are saying right now about the England side, having won our first four qualifying rounds rather convincingly.