Argentine Pair Still At Newcastle Because of Diego Maradona


One of the things that settled our Argentine Internationals down over the summer, was when manager Diego Maradona told them they didn’t have to leave Newcastle to keep their places in the Argentine squad.

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Jonas Gutierrez – vital game tonight for Argentina

Maradona has had a difficult start to his coaching career, but Newcastle manager Hughton believes Maradona had done the Tyneside club a huge favour by reassuring Coloccini and Gutiérrez they would continue in the Argentine side, even though Newcastle were playing in England’s second division.

And to be fair to the players they have both played well for their club side this season, albeit in a lower class of football than the Premier League.

Hughton said today:

“It would have been pleasing for them to hear what Maradona said and good for us as well. He has stood by that and Jonas started at right-back against Peru at the weekend, so that shows how much he is valued.”

“He is a player he wants in the team. The fact we are now in a different division and Jonás is still playing for one of the top nations in the world says that playing in the Championship has not changed the mentality of the national team coach. It has been an important decision for us.”

“It would be massive for them to get to the World Cup. With all players who have the massive target of playing in a World Cup, it has a major influence on their performances towards the end of the
season.”

“There will be a few nervy moments I’m sure, but to cement a place would help them in terms of playing for us as well.” “It would be good news and we hope they manage to do that.”

“It would be Colo and Jonás’ first involvement in a World Cup and it would be a wonderful thing for them, so if they get the result they need (against Uruguay) Jonas would come back very happy and that normally benefits your club form.”

“Jonás comes back late on Friday afternoon, that is always a problem (in terms of playing against Nottingham Forest) because it is a long flight.” “That is what happens when you have South Americans and they are aware of it. We just have to hope he will come through OK.”

Coloccini played for Argentina in the 2006 World Cup in Germany, and looked a good player then, but it is the first World Cup for Jonas.

Gutierrez has been injured this season but both players seem determined to help Newcastle back to the Premier League, and what would be better for our two Argentine players if in the summer, Newcastle are back in the Premier League, and Argentina are in the World Cup finals in South Africa, with both players in the squad.

That would be great and we’re sure that’s what they are hoping.

If they can at least draw with Uruguay in Montevideo tonight then Argentina will have qualified and a massive weight will have been lifted from the shoulders of former Argentina great, Maradona – but it will not be easy.

We expect Jonas to again start this game, as he seems to be a favorite of Diego, but of course Coloccini couldn’t travel because of his groin injury, and he’s still doubtful for Saturday’s game..

Hughton continued:

“They are both very good characters, as individuals they have come here and are delighted to be here. It is the excitement of something different, playing here for the first time.”

“They have been very good around the place and have shown a great desire to be around the place. They look on being here as a great experience for them and they want to help this club to do well.”

“The only way that can happen is by playing well and that is how they view it. What we have now is a group of players who want to fight for the cause, and the two Argentinians wanted to stay and want to take the club back to where it belongs.”

We have to hope that Argentina can get the point they need tonight to qualify, and let’s hope Gutierrez has another good game to help them through.

But of course the main thing for Newcastle fans is that Jonas returns to Tyneside fit and well, although because of his travel schedule it may be that he starts Saturday’s game at Nottingham Forest on the bench.

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9 comments so far

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 14, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #1

    I think the main reason they are at newcastle is nobody wanted to buy them Ed.

    Collo is ok at this level but struggled at premiership level on many occasions.

    Jonas….a very overrated player in my opinion,loads of energy but very little of anything else again nobody would want him in the premiership apart from small clubs desperate for a decent name with no end product

    Oh and forgot to add they are very well paid.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 14, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #2

    I think it was Steve Stone who said on the commentary the other week “Jonas flatters to deceive”…which I agree with.

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  • premier

    Oct 14, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #3

    nail on head SJT–Collo worth jack shit and Guit no end product hence played at FB for Argies

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  • Darling27

    Oct 14, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #4

    Jonas played at full back because Zabaleta was injured.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 14, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #5

    I have seen Jonas have one really good game…away at Man U when Keegan was in charge….he is not even exciting against championship players and the crossing is awful at best.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 14, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #6

    No team would buy either…chapionship to expensive,Premiership not effective enough..nothing to do with Marodonna or their love of NUFC.

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  • montevideomag

    Oct 14, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #7

    So today is the day, off to the match today. Looking forward to seeing Jonas play, his displays for the national team are a step up from us, well playing with messi obviously helps. The entire country is talking about this game. I know Uruguyuans who have flown in from the states to see this game.
    The only difficult part was getting a ticket, they sold out in four hours, so I am going with a dutch friend who was able to get tickets for the argetinian away section. This is going to be great.

    Fill you all in later

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  • Jonas18

    Oct 14, 2009 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Jonas Gutierrez & Coloccini are top top players. Yes Colo struggled in 5 matches out of 36 last season and Jonas’s crossing was not up to par, but it was thier FIRST SEASON IN ENGLISH FOOTBALL, give the guys a 1 season and a bit before you expect them to fire on all cylinders in English football……sheesh.

    Colccini was part of the best defence in La Liga, the season before he signed for us. THE BEST DEFENCE in La Liga and he was a MASSIVE reason behind that, hence the 10 million pounds we paid for him. All that does not go out the window and all of a sudden he’s a poor player because he had 5 bad games last season out of 36. Give the lad 1 season and a bit before you expect him to show his best in English football.

    Jonas Gutierrez is the man, trust me. He will destroy the Championship this season, he’s a Premier League player and ran defenses ragged in the Prem last season, we’ll be lucky to keep a hold of him once he shows his best next season in the Prem or even at this summers World Cup.

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  • Jonas18

    Oct 14, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #9

    click link to see all that Jonas did on the pitch last season, you’ll be surprised by just how good a player he is.

    http://www.zshare.net/video/6539581049fe4f0a/

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