Gutierrez – I Am Fully Committed to Newcastle United

Gutierrez talked yesterday about Newcastle manager Chris Hughton, and like his team-mates, he is very pleased to see the well respected coach get his big chance in management.

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Jonas Gutierrez – please to see Chris the new manager

Gutierrez told the Evening Chronicle yesterday :

“He was here for the start of the season, so it’s good for him to have this job now. It is something he has done from the first day, and he was very good.”

“It is a good opportunity, and it is fantastic for him. He must be given a chance to complete the job.”

“For us, it is very good that Chris has the job. Now we are only thinking of winning the games, and taking the most points we can.”

“We have tried only to think of the football, and the club is going the right way, which is good for us, for Chris and all the people that are working here in Newcastle.”

“He is doing an excellent job. For us, it is very good to have him as manager – but we know we will be judged on results.”

Those are good words from Jonas, who seems committed, along with his Argentine colleague, Fabricio Coloccini, who made a big difference on Monday night, to getting their club  promoted.

We are impressed with their professionalism this season, and still surprised they stayed at the club, and even though we blasted Fabricio – probably too much – in the summer – he’s been very good for the team this season. And that’s to his credit and character.

But hey, we were still angry and devastated about being relegated when we were in blast mode last summer, after we had so many huge wage-earners who just didn’t produce the goods – Michael Owen being culprit number one.

Big players should play big and with courage – when it counts – and Michael was missing in action.

A good example that American readers will relate to is Alex Rodriguez, of the New York Yankees, who won the World Series (baseball) last night against the Philadelphia Fillies (4-2 in games – best of 7).  Alex (A-Rod) is paid huge huge ( I had to say that word twice for good reason) wages – but he produced in the play-offs this year,  and that’s why he’s paid the big bucks by the Yankees.

Not so with a certain Mr. Owen – but we’ve said enough about that man at Newcastle – he was just hopeless earlier this year – no spirit or guts when the chips were down – and he was our captain, which just about tells you everything that was wrong with the playing staff last season.

But back to Gutierrez  – he will almost definitely be in Diego Maradona’s Argentine squad for the World Cup in South Africa next summer, but it looks like his priorities at the moment are with Newcastle. Wonder if that means he will stay if Roma and other big clubs come after him in January – it may not even be his choice if that happens.

It will depend in part on the transfer fee clubs are willing to pay for him – £6M would be a good deal for Newcastle – but we’d need to bring some wingers in too if Jonas leaves.

A lot will depend on what Chris Hughton thinks, and we’d be surprised if he wanted to let the Argentine winger leave in mid-season. Certainly Mike Ashley has said he wants to keep the current squad intact – which is what the £20M will help with – to pay their huge wages.

Chris has shown he can make some good, common sense decisions this season – and he seems to think things through with Colin Calderwood – which is good.

It’s been a good management partnership between the two of them so far – and they’ll be heroes with a capital H, if they get the club promoted in May – and that has to be a huge incentive for them.

Jonas continued:

“My main focus is getting promotion – everything else comes second to that.” “I hope we can return to the Premier League because this is why I came here – to play there with Newcastle.”

There’s no doubt that Jonas is a good lad, and given the applause he got when he came off against Sheffield United on Monday night, he’s a growing fan favorite again.

We have to say that both Coloccini and Jonas are showing great attitudes this year – and it has all helped to make a big difference from last year with the team and the team spirit at the club.

Now – we just need to keep it up.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Toonkistan

    Nov 5, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #1

    Doesnt matter what he says he’ll take 1st opportunity to leave nufc & i wont be devastated if he goes provided we replace him with 2 quality championship wingers who can cross the ball and score some goals….get a LB & two wingers and a loanee CB inplace of Zurab…send marlon back and make simpson a permanent deal for 1m…enuff for promotion

  • Toonkistan

    Nov 5, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #2

    1st & 2nd 😀

  • premier

    Nov 5, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #3

    whats the odds on him donning spiderman mask before he goes!!

  • UTD111

    Nov 5, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #4

    He can be as committed as he likes – but if barrowboy@stjames’ gets an offer in Jan – he’ll be off…..;)

  • p doff

    Nov 5, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #5

    Require a manager who can grow a pair of gonads, develop a team so that it stop playing 4-5-1 using long ball against inferior teams. This negative formation against teams of inferior quality makes it clear just the sort of quality we have as a manager.

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 5, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #6

    Like dracula…scared of crosses.

  • Jan Stavik

    Nov 5, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #7

    Agreed, P doff. With the current style of play, Newcastle looks like a highly average CCC side.

    Let’s hope for a more positive approach on Saturday, if we don’t try to play football against Peterborough I will be amazed. They should be beaten with a few goals, if not CH should be beaten with a stick!

  • neblexa

    Nov 5, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Lets be honest here, who really cares if he goes?

    I did spend a lot of time defending him last year becasue of his early promosing displays, tracking back, 100% effort and taking on players etc. That however, seems to be a thing of the past. The effort is perhaps still there in parts but for a supposingly attacking midfielder i can’t think of anyone else who offer so little to chances on goal. I actually cant believe how little in fact. Im not a professional but i can guarantee you that i was given the left wing position i would cross at least 1 ball into the box a game, and thats absolute bare minimum! This guy just doesnt seem to want to do it. Ok, so get in the box and shoot!! he seems to be trying this more this season but i realise why he hasnt in the past now. That one against the mighty doncaster (i think it was them) was unreal.

    The thing is i actually do like him still and really want him to succeed because hes got so much raw ability, he just doesnt seem to know how to use it. Its like he’s 17 and just really eager to impress all the time. Normally you would expect a decent manager or coach to get the best out of them and coach that out of them and let them develop. No comparision but c ronaldo was a headless chicken until fergie got hold of him. Jonas is prob too old for that to happen now and i just think it a bit of shame.

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 5, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #9

    I have never rated him…great energy,always looks busy but in the final third of the field there is nothing…I used to play on the wing for my school team and can still cross a ball pretty accurate to head or feet without really thinking about it too much.

    Steve Stone summed him up well “Jonas flatters to deceive”.

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 5, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #10

    With a combined heigh of over 12ft in the box Ranger and Carrol,l if we had wingers beating the last man and launching high balls to them we would be scoring for fun.

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 5, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #11

    @combined height.

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Nov 5, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #12

    A big problem with Jonas is the lack of support in most areas, playing and tactical.

    1 long balls out of defence so has to mainly feed on scraps
    2 no midfielders good enough to use the space that he creates
    3 forwards not picking good running lines

    Yes I do know he needs a better elevated cross for our big lump forwards but he has created chances and goals. Last year I can remember a couple of great through balls for Owen (turd)
    against pompey and stoke, the amount of times he played Martins and Owen in to space for them to waste was scandalous. will be a better player with a better footballing manager (KK when he first came knew how to use him)

  • Jonas18

    Nov 5, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #13

    Jonas will come good! After so many promising displays last season and quite a few Man Of the Match performances in the Premier League it is abundantly clear that he has the ability and talent to be a top player.

    He just needs to practice his crossing loads and have no fear when it comes to shooting.

    Like Fergie and Ryan Giggs say, no matter how old you are, you never stop learning in football. No reason why Jonas can’t improve on those two aspects of his game.

    As for Coloccini, apart from 1 sluggish moment vs Sheffield Utd, he was absolute class for me. Just Class.


  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 5, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #14

    Jonas is GASH and can’t cross….simple.
    All he does is play 1/2’s with Enrique on the wing…he never beats the last man and bangs in good crosses.

  • Jonas18

    Nov 5, 2009 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #15

    Aye Waldo, the way the team plays lumping it up from Harper to Carroll and feeding off scraps doesn’t suit Jonas’ style. In midfield we don’t have technically and tactically gifted players for him to link up with that well. I know Nolan is a good passer but still not got the tactical side down to well when it comes to linking up and using space etc. I feel a midfielder like Fulhams Greening would link up really well with Jonas, Enrique and Coloccini.

    Anyways yeah Jonas created quite a few chances last season for our strikers and they just wasted them! You’d be surprised by how many.

    We must keep a hold of him. Players of his raw talent and ability are not easy to come by at all and we are lucky to have him here at Newcastle.

    However if we were to sell Jonas, we would make even more money on him in the summer as he is a certain starter for Argentina in the World Cup. Selling him in January makes no business sense at all. His value could sky rocket at the World Cup if he has a good tournament.


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