Gutierrez’ Argentine Place Safe – Now Wants To Stay

Gutierrez has come out today and said in the Journal he would be happy to stay with Newcastle this season. Oh really.


Jonas Gutierrez – with Argentine place safe – now wants to stay

But we’ve heard these good words before, from too many of our players.

Damien Duff we going to fight to get Newcastle promoted this season, but when he left for Fulham and said he was glad to be out of the Newcastle mess, and had never enjoyed his football for 3 years at Newcastle.

We would suggest when players leave, they keep their comments to a minimum, a diplomatic silence about the club they are departing, because it could come back to bite them.

For instance we aren’t the only ones who are thinking what he will he say about Fulham, if and when he leaves. But of course Fulham is a wonderful club for Damien.

What Duff said about Newcastle is of course accurate (picky, picky), but there’s a thing called class, and if you haven’t got something good to say – zip those lips.

One reason Gutierrez is now upbeat about staying on Tyneside is that he has received assurances from Argentine coach Diego Maradona, that his international career will continue.

That’s good news for Jonas because all players would like to represent their country at a World Cup, which only comes around once every four years, and the finals of course take place in South Africa next summer.

It seems that Gutierrez wants to reaffirm his commitment to the famous Tyneside club, which is in some difficulties right now, but will come back – for sure.

Gutierrez told the Newcastle Journal today:

“We know that starting the season winning (games) is the most important thing because it is a difficult, harder and longer season,”

“The most important is the first three or four months because if you start well, you have a better opportunity of going up.”

“This club cannot be in the Championship, it has to be all the time in the Premier League, so we want to fly and get Newcastle back there next year.”

“I think the players want to be with Newcastle in the Premier League so we are all doing the best we can. That for the club is very important.”

“The crowd helps too, it is always like that, all the time. Last year when things were not really good, they stayed with us and now they want to be in the Premier League next year, so all the time they are with us and we know they give us a lot.”

“We have had bad times and we could lose more players but you have to think in the present, not of what is going to happen in one week or two weeks.”

“We know that we have not too many players in the squad, that it will be difficult if nobody comes, because the season is very long and we have a lot of matches. But you think now in the present and not in the future.”

Of course Jonas will not have much say on whether he stays at Newcastle or not, because he, along with Argentine colleague Coloccini, Xisco and Geremi are 4 players who, if they depart, will save the club around £250K/week in wages.

That’s £13M a year and would bring the wage down from its present £48M to around £35M, which is affordable this season. We were at £74M a year in May before Owen, Viduka, Cacapa (remember him?), Edgar, Martins, Beye, Lovenkrands and Bassong departed.

Jonas continued:

“My friends don’t believe that Newcastle are in the second division,”

“It was going to be a difficult situation because I am very happy at Newcastle, but I want to play with my national team.”

“But Maradona told me that it was no problem. For me, that was important.”  “He said to take care, to do the things for my team.”

“It’s no problem that I have to play in the Championship, I’m going to be in the (Argentina) squad for the World Cup qualifiers.”

“That is the word from the manager, and it is encouraging.”

“Now I am very happy about that because for me to play in the national team is a dream.”

The reason Newcastle were relegated last season is easy – players like Gutierrez and Coloccini didn’t deliver the goods on the field – it’s really as simple as that.

We still expect Jonas to be shipped out in the next two weeks, and also we wouldn’t miss Xisco, Coloccini and Geremi if they were moved out too.

Geremi is on £65K/week and cannot get his game in the Championship, so you cannot accuse Geremi of earning his money at Newcastle, can you?

That’s one reason why signing free agents is not always a good deal for a club.

Comments welcome.

121 comments so far

  • ronaldeano

    Aug 21, 2009 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #1

    I agree with you Ed when you mention Colo, Geremi and Xisco, but Jonas is a very tricky player and he adds pace to the team. IMO, if he would just sort his crossing out and score some goals for us he would be an asset to us, especialy in this leauge. I think we should keep him

  • Shah

    Aug 21, 2009 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #2

    I agree ronaldeano, jonas & enrique play really well together, i would also keep colocinni because i think he’ll be good for us in the championship. Colo also looks good on the ball, could also play as a defensive or central midfielder if he had to! lol.

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Aug 21, 2009 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #3

    I do think that Jonas and Enrique down the left are foming a good understanding with each other and that can only be good for us!

  • shrews mag

    Aug 21, 2009 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #4

    Am I just being picky … but is his loyalty because no other team have offered him the same money he is on here …

    Ifhe would cross the ball when he gets the chance (instead of faffing about to beat the man for the 4th time) he could be a great player … but at the moment there is no end product …

    that spidey mask in his pants must be really uncomfortable … since its been in there now for 18 months …

  • Jan Stavik

    Aug 21, 2009 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #5

    That’s why crap players are not always good for Newcastle, I would say.

    Players like Owen, Viduka, Butt and Geremi have been allowed to stay here for WAY too long without contributing.

  • lesh

    Aug 21, 2009 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #6

    Good news – if he can master the final touch!

    On Taylor and £6m from Everton – if Lescott’s gonna cost £20m, who the heck’s negotiated £6m for Taylor?

    This reminds me of the ridiculously low fee we got for Given and clearly, somebody’s not doing us any favours at all.

    That somebody deserves to be sacked.

    Memo to Payroll Dept: P45 for Llambias… today!

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 21, 2009 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #7

    It would be ok if he could stay on his feet more and keep control of the ball. Seems to lose coordination of legs and ends up giving the ball away cheaply. Bloody frustrating player. Want him to do well, but you just know the outcome everytime he goes on a run.
    I wouldn’t be too bothered if he left, but we would need to replace him…….??? ok he better stay then.

  • shrews mag

    Aug 21, 2009 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #8

    lesh … the £6m fee is just a guess by some lazy journo … who knows what the actual fee may be … or in fact whether these discussions have taken place at all …

    my guess is that its all c**p.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Aug 21, 2009 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #9

    I don’t care who we sell as long as it isn’t Steven Taylor or any of the other good youngsters we’ve got. Apart from that I really hope Moat takes over ASAP & gets Shearer in quickly

  • RyanToon

    Aug 21, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #10

    So hes more interested than playing for argentina than us. nice one jonas

  • Shah

    Aug 21, 2009 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #11

    Jonas has sumthin which no one has in our team, and that is the guts to run at defenders which hurts the opponents positioning & creates many openings! Jonas is a class player, his just low on confidence coz he aint scored.

  • nufc1818

    Aug 21, 2009 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #12

    well the taylor story has just vanished off ssn … so dont know whats going on

    i could believe that enrique has persuaded gutierrez to stay

    but what i noticed at the match when ameobi scored everyone celebrated and congratulated him except collocini and gutierrez this was the same at reading……
    read into it what you will but when we scored they didnt even look like they cared
    and im also annoyeed at the many times guttierez will run then he will hesitate or he wont try and beat a man
    just no determination at all
    i dont think especially now we need players who dont wanna play at her club
    this is like owen all over again only caring for the national team

  • dougnufc

    Aug 21, 2009 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #13

    jonas should play in a position that can utilize his dribbling ability while crossing the ball is not needed

  • JinkyGenius

    Aug 21, 2009 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #14

    Jonas IN
    Xisco & Geremi OUT
    Coloccini (??)

    I agree with many of the comments here, especially on the way Jonas links and creates problems.

    Especially agree with comments about the Taylor fiasco, why aren’t we asking £12m because that’s what the real cost of replacement will be. Lescott is a VERY ordinary player to command £18m, I wouldn’t pay half that, and to be honest I would rather have Bassong than him anyway – and how much did we get for him? No the wonder ‘Arry was ‘Appy!

    WAKEY, WAKEY! We could be doing much better with these sales, which in turn would mean we could keep more players. I know, I know, I’m wasting my bloody time.

  • tooneskimo

    Aug 21, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #15

    Enrique and Guiterrez have a great understanding down the left, he was a bit unlucky with injuries last season but if he can improve his fitness he is a great asset to the team, sure he can’t put Robert style crosses in but he usually takes two or three players with him when he goes on a mazy run, you can’t accuse the guy of being lazy and he always tracks back.

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 21, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #16

    Everything but the final killer ball….I get tired watching him as there is nothing on the end of his runs ever.

    Waste of Money in my opinion.

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 21, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #17

    He is like Dracula…scared of crosses.

  • tooneskimo

    Aug 21, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #18

    He hasn’t exactly had much to pass/cross to….

  • Charlie Toon

    Aug 21, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #19

    Definately keep the two Argies. They might cost a lot but IMO they’re worth it!

  • Johno Toon

    Aug 21, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #20

    Id keep jonas , as bar from his final ball , he is a class above the majority of the defenders he will come up against , its just that final ball that p**ses me off about him

  • Chizzy_Toon

    Aug 21, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #21

    9.57 Newcastle are reported to be keen on signing Icelandic international Solvi Ottesen.

  • chanty

    Aug 21, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #22

    unless we have a replacement, we have to keep him, a season in the fizzy league should help his confidence.

    he needs to use that left foot of his too!

  • lesh

    Aug 21, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #23,19528,11688_5504774,00.html

    Replacement for Bassong?

    Solvi problemsong?

    Thinky notessen!

  • Toon_Army

    Aug 21, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #24

    Newcastle are reported to be keen on signing Icelandic international Solvi Ottesen.


  • chanty

    Aug 21, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #25

    i also dnt think colo is a central defender, i think he would be better suited to a defensive midfield role as he is quite good on the ball and his lack of pace wouldn’t be so much of as issue

  • batty

    Aug 21, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #26

    stardust aka billy bunter ive grassed y

  • shrews mag

    Aug 21, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #27

    batty – that was a bit wierd with bb the other night … kept m’ light on all night …

  • premier

    Aug 21, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #28

    headless chicken!!

  • belfast toon

    Aug 21, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #29

    I’ve lost the will to live, even a rumour would do for now someone make up a rumour.

  • batty

    Aug 21, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #30

    shrews mag // Aug 21, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    batty – that was a bit wierd with bb the other night … kept m’ light on all night …
    <<<< stardust is billy bunter m8 he got my msm from when i joined workys blog and because i was gettin close he started speakin to me on msm

  • batty

    Aug 21, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #31

    so i dont think billy will be back

  • belfast toon

    Aug 21, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #32

    What’s the odds someone comes out today and says the club will be sold next week or a deal is very close.

  • Widowmaker

    Aug 21, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #33

    Ed, I think that is a bit harsh to pick out Colo and Jonas from the performances last season.
    The whole team were poor last season and Jonas, at least, worked his socks off when played.

    Most of us had high hopes of Jonas because of that amazing performance against Man U, and surely we were disappointed. Can’t argue with that. I thought he should and could have done better too, but how many players from last season had a performance that was good enough to remember?

    Face it, Jonas is one of the best players we have and we will never be able to sign anyone better than him while in Championship.

    Oh, yes. Even Man U’s midfielders failed to create any end products when played with certain Mr. Owen.

  • batty

    Aug 21, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #34

    stardust ware are u i know your reading lol

  • batty

    Aug 21, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #35

    stardust well it looks like your more of a coward than kk as you keep calling him

  • repo

    Aug 21, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #36
  • Rodzilla

    Aug 21, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #38

    Well, I believe Jonas, he’s a canny lad. We need him this year – well I think so anyway even though the fans seem split 50/50 on him. Hope he does stay. I’d like to think (and also believe) no more players will leave, apart from maybe Curlo and Xisco – which wouldn’t bother me that much.

  • Stuart79

    Aug 21, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #39

    34 batty // Aug 21, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    stardust ware are u i know your reading lol

    He hasn’t been on since his outrageous ‘positional sense’ quote about Taylor.

    Probably the embarrasment .

  • sahota

    Aug 21, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #40

    Last deadline of WED is gone and new deadline of today also looks like will go without any announcement. Only thing I can hope for is few new players in. If that happens that would also be great. Mike is just taking our club down down down….

    But reality is we don’t know at all whats going on. I would have thought that Mike would try to just get anything around £90m and run away. But that looks like not happening. This Barclay things …is bull shit….I just hope things are resolved either way today.

    But I am scared of Joe coming back after 2-3 months from now if Mike remains here. PLEASE MIKE ..PLEASE just sell and walk away with respect otherwise…. GOD knows what OTHERWISE 🙂
    Everybody’s hands are tied by one BIG BULL SHITER ….Mr. MIKE


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