Gutierrez Surprised Newcastle Fighting Relegation


Jonas Gutiérrez signed on at the Tyneside club he thought was rebuilding for European competition, but so far it hasn’t turned out that way for the extremely skilled Argentine winger.

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Jonas Gutierrez – still loving it at Newcastle United

But Gutiérrez still thinks there is enough talent in the Newcastle squad to prevent relegation, and even move up that league table, and it certainly has not reduced his enthusiasm for his new club.

Jonas said today:

“I am surprised at where the club is, I must admit. But it does not change things – I want to stay at the club for very many years,”

“As a team we have to be better in the second part of the season. It is not acceptable for a team with so many good players to be down near the bottom.”

“But in some matches we have not had a lot of luck and that has cost us a lot of points this season.”

“Without that, we would be doing better but that is football. It is not always the best team that wins the match.”

“It is difficult with the injuries that we have. We knew when we started the season that we don’t have too many players and we have a small squad, though.”

“We need those players to come back for us to move away from the bottom of the table.”

Of course right now 14 clubs are possible relegation candidates of the 20 teams in the league, so it’s just so close this season, compared to any previous season ever.

Gutiérrez is a good player, there’s little doubt about that, and his play at Manchester United in our first game was heralded around the country, and he gave glimpses of that mercurial form again in the second half at Hull City last Saturday, after starting the game on the bench.

The 7 times capped Argentine International continued:

“I think I will improve because I feel more settled, I feel fit and strong and I am used to how English football is played now,”

“I love English football. I was desperate to join Newcastle to play in the Premier League because I like this league very much and I have enjoyed it.”

Gutiérrez has settled surprisingly well at St James’s Park, along with his Argentine compatriot Fabricio Coloccini, and Jonas has a great relationship already with the Newcastle fans, and he was impressed the way the supporters reacted to Shay Given at Hull City on Saturday, after Shay had said he would need to consider his options at the club the previous day.

Jonas continued:

“He handled things very well against Hull and deserved the fans to cheer for him. It was important for him for the supporters to cheer for him,”

“The supporters are always with us. We will try to give them the win they deserve.”

With all the hassle and turmoil there’s been at the club since Jonas arrived we’re just pleased he seems to still love it here. Maybe he thinks the last 4 months is normal at the club, but it can get just a little less hectic at times on Tyneside – just a little.   😀

While Jonas has been a little off form lately, he’s not only an excellent player with a great attitude, but already seems to love the Newcastle club and the area so much, and we can only hope he will go on from here and become an excellent player at the club for many seasons to come.

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46 comments so far

  • dingo†®

    Jan 9, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1

    nice one jonas… more of the same please mate.

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  • Steve R

    Jan 9, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #2

    I love the fact that jonas is such a determined player he fights for the balls he loses and his control on the ball is at many times breath-taking. N Zog could learn a lesson from jonas

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  • More spin..9 days in and not 1 transfer yet….zzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  • bowburnmag

    Jan 9, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #4

    He must be muttering under his breath “wtf have I let myself in for here?” though surely??

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  • Has anyone got adds blocking the comments box?

    Can’t seem to shift it.

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  • Do you think the current squad will have the fight to stay up?

    I am worried.

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  • SpartanChris

    Jan 9, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #7

    He likes the money he is being paid and would be off at the end of the season if we go down.

    When are we going to get new signings?

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  • wsq

    Jan 9, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Ashley out!

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  • Kash

    Jan 9, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #9

    DEfinitely more spin!!!

    Jonas needs to learn to shoot and score goals!!!

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  • Thelongshanks

    Jan 9, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #10

    Gutierrez is alot more comfortable on the left and has shown his best football when there.I hope all this nzogbia leaving talk doesnt persuade JK to play zog on left and jonas on right.nzog should not be aloud leave till the summer,we cant afford to let anyone go at the moment!

    On another note im glad to see guthrie will be fit for west ham,that cud be a huge banana skin!Hope lua lua on bench at least!

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  • sweendog

    Jan 9, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #11

    Always been impressed by Gutierrez as a player and his attitude .. fingers crossed we get a few more like him .. especially one to replace Zogbia.

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  • The Game

    Jan 9, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #12

    sirjasontoon- Despite the lack of numbers, we have the quality in the squad to pull ousrselves out of this situation.

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  • TooKing

    Jan 9, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #13

    right click the ad and click block images from **** , then the advert will be gone…freedom.

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  • lesh

    Jan 9, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #14

    re SpartanChris // Jan 9, 2009 at 10:39

    Whether he likes the money or not, he’s singing the right song and appears to be working his chuckies off when he turns out.

    Pity we didn’t have a squad full of like-minded players!

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  • I am using a macbook Tooking any other suggestions?

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  • Choco

    Jan 9, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #16

    So when is JFK’s press conference like?

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  • Murphy

    Jan 9, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #17

    haha, I read that as :

    “guiterez suspended afer newcastle fighting”

    Nearly had a heart attack!

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  • TooKing

    Jan 9, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #18

    nope, no others mate, sorry…never used a Mac so no idea.

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  • scottishmag

    Jan 9, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #19

    not sure when the press conference is, but I hope someone will clarify the Xisco situation with him.

    See guthrie is fit for tomorrow.

    Line up something like …..

    —————Given——–

    Taylor–colo–bassong–Enrique

    Duff–Geremi–Guthrie–Jonas

    ———Owen—-Carrol——–

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  • bowburnmag

    Jan 9, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #21

    scottishmag – I’d be more inclined to go 4-3-3 and let Duff and Owen buzz around hoping for bits and pieces off Carroll or in the channels.

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  • Todd

    Jan 9, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #22

    bassong suspended?

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  • scottishmag

    Jan 9, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #23

    bowburn, sure that would work but can you see joe changing from a 4 4 2

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  • Tore Torell

    Jan 9, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #24

    Carroll is no good enough (yet) and should not start. The lad is terribly slow…

    Hopefully some signings soon, the side we are fielding these days is Championship material.

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  • Choco

    Jan 9, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #25

    Todd- No mate, he will play

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  • Choco

    Jan 9, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #26

    Tore Torrel- It’s not like we have much choice is it?

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  • beyethegreat

    Jan 9, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #27

    http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10278~1513856,00.html

    man citeh could be tough

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  • Boater

    Jan 9, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #28

    WSQ

    ‘Ashley Out’…

    Unless you have tourettes can you not come up with something a bit more constructive than that? He tried to sell.. no takers .. get over it FFS.

    Lesh – a whole team of Gutierrez? I heard that said a lot about Taylor last season.. he’s been here 5 minutes that’s why he isn’t as drained as the others. It’s not loyalty in the way you portray it – divvent be so naive and melodramatic lad.

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  • The departure list is a long one on Tyneside, and if reports are to be believed, Magpies gaffer Joe Kinnear may be set to offload as many as five senior players in order to raise finances for signings in the January transfer window.

    The St. James’ Park club are yet to receive any significant contribution for transfers from owner Mike Ashley, and Joe Kinnear has been slapped with a sell-before-you-buy directive. With mounting interest in several of his stars, the manager has no choice but to give in to his financial constraints and recoup whatever he can to strengthen a squad plagued by injuries and lack of form.

    Shay Given may be set to complete a £12m move to Manchester City, Charles N’Zogbia is at the centre of a £8m tug-of-war between Aston Villa, and Tottenham, while Joey Barton has been linked with a £4m move to Portsmouth, as Geremi’s £1m transfer to Turkish club Besiktas looms in the background. The fifth player is thought to be youngster Andy Carroll, after Spaniard Xisco’s move back to his homeland was hampered by FA regulations. The grand total, even without Carroll’s transfer, equals a reasonable war chest of £25 million.

    The question is, who should Kinnear aim to buy? The Newcastle gaffer has been linked with a host of players in the transfer window so far: John-Joe O`Toole (Watford), Michael Kightly (Wolves), Fabian Delph (Leeds), Kevin Dolye (Reading), Stephen Hunt (Reading), Joe Ledley (Cardiff), Kyle Naughton (Sheffield United), Stephen Quinn (Sheffield United), , Paddy Kenny (Sheffield United), Leighton Baines (Everton), Stephen Warnock (Blackburn), Barry Ferguson (Rangers), Madjid Bougherra (Rangers), Aiden McGeady (Celtic), Urby Emanuelson (Ajax), Loic Remy (Nice), and Vegard Forren (Molde), among a galaxy of others.

    Only time will tell what will happen on Tyneside, but most fans feel that they have been once again betrayed by their owner, and that the sacrifice of several of the club’s stars, aside from unsettled Frenchman Charles N’Zogbia, may be unwarranted.

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  • The above is pasted from vital footaball.

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  • Choco

    Jan 9, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #32

    beyethegreat- Our kids are playing some excellent football at the moment. I would back them in against most of their opposition.

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  • biggie-not-so-small

    Jan 9, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #33

    spin spin sugar…..lets face it, we’re not moving in the slightest in the transfer market, its all just spin, the only thing thats a definate…we have no cash, no chance of bringing any big name in now to a club thats so unstable

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  • Micky Toon

    Jan 9, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #34

    Where did you steal that from sjt?

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  • scottishmag

    Jan 9, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #35

    To be fair, look at the team we could make up from players who will not be playing tomorrow, only two are not injured. One wants away (zogg) and Edgar is only potential at the moment

    —————–Harper———-

    beye—Edgar—Caccapa—N’Zogbia

    Barton—-Smith—–Butt—-Martins

    ———Viduka—–Ameobi———–

    Doesnt include Xisco, Nacho or any young players who could break through. Shows we have a good squad and are not a championship team

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  • beyethegreat

    Jan 9, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #36

    Choco // Jan 9, 2009 at 11:15

    beyethegreat- Our kids are playing some excellent football at the moment. I would back them in against most of their opposition

    citeh could be tough they probz have the best academy at the minute

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  • Karltoon

    Jan 9, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #37

    We’ll stay up…

    Top half finish.

    Opinions are like ars*holes 🙂

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  • Micky-pasted off Vital football here’s the link fella
    http://www.newcastle.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=138437

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  • magpie1

    Jan 9, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #39

    david craig you hear? whats the latest? even if yu do talk rubbish still give me a little optimism

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  • magpie1

    Jan 9, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #40

    david craig you here? whats the latest? even if you do talk rubbish it still gives me a little hope and optimism

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