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.
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.
“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.