Jonas Gutierrez has come out today and said it’s the stability at the Newcastle club that will help the side this season, as they fight to stay in England’s top division.
Jonas Gutierrez – Chris Hughton gives us stability
Of course in the relegation season everything possible seemed to go wrong that could go wrong, and the players had to work for managers Kevin Keegan, Chris Hughton, Joe Kinnear and Alan Shearer, with Chris Hughton again in charge after Joe had his heart problems in February 2009.
Jonas is pleased Chris Hughton has been in charge now for 15 months on Tyneside, and he told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“Chris Hughton has been in charge for a long time now and we know what he wants,” “That is good. We are always happy to see Chris staying here because he believes in us and we believe in him.”
“For us it is very important to have Chris as our manager. The difficulty of the relegation season was we had a lot of managers and a lot of injured players. That is what made it really tough for all the team.” “When you have a lot of players missing through injury it can become difficult – really, really bad.”
“Now we have time to do things right. I think we are doing that but we have to do it better when we have the opportunity.” “In our next game we have to play some good football.”
Since Sergio Batista took over as the caretaker manager of Argentina neither of our two Argentine players, Jonas or Coloccini, have been called up for the squad and of course the side lost 1-0 in Japan last Friday.
Jonas also lost his place in the Newcastle team recently to Hatem Ben Arfa, but his reaction to that was just first class, and he had a great game at Chelsea in the Carling Cup, and has been in good form since he was dropped, and that forced Chris to move Ben Arfa to the right wing to displace Wayne Routledge for the Manchester City game.
Of course now Ben Arfa may be out for the season so it looks like Gutierrez and Routledge will be our two wingers as long as they stay fit, although we’d like to see Ryan Taylor given a chance on one of the wings, as he’s also in very good form this season.
Jonas Gutierrez continued:
“When you have experience of the Premier League it’s different,” “Now I have experience of it, I know the league.”“It’s difficult when you’re playing in another league, another country, another language.”
“When you’re winning it’s much more easy but the first year we were relegated so it was really, really hard.” “The Championship was difficult as well. Now I’m prepared to fight to do really good things here.”
And Jonas certainly hasn’t given up on playing again for the National side, and of course Diego Maradona has been entertaining everybody again, by saying he wants his job back as the National manager of his country – so we’ll just have to see what happens in the next month or two, and whether Diego returns.
But Jonas wants to play for Argentina, that’s for sure:
“I think when you are playing with the national team or at a big level it helps you,” “The Championship is a little bit different – not easier, just different. It’s a different type of game.”
“To play for the national team was very important for me. I was a little bit disappointed with the World Cup because we wanted to achieve more. But that’s football, that’s the World Cup, it’s very difficult.”
Jonas Gutierrez has been an excellent capture from Real Mallorca for the Magpies, and indeed both Argentine players played their part magnificently in Newcastle’s promotion season last season, and seem fully committed to the Newcastle cause.
Come to think of it, most of the players in the squad seem completely committed to Newcastle United at the moment, and it certainly makes a huge difference when you only have players at the club who want to play on Tyneside.
They give 100% in every game, something that wasn’t always apparent during our relegation season.