The Newcastle players will start returning to Newcastle over the next couple of weeks as training for the pre-season will start at Benton on July 5th, which is a Thursday.
Jonas Gutierrez – first time in Europe for the Argentine International
That’s a good way to start because presumably they will have a couple of days of training and then take a couple of days off so they slowly and safely get back into the swing of things.
Jonas Gutierrez is really looking forward to next season, when the lads will be playing in Europe for the first time since the 2006-2007 season.
That’s when Glenn Roeder had Newcastle in 7th place, after winning six of the last seven league games of the previous season, and he had taken over from the sacked Graeme Souness in early February of 2006.
This is what Jonas told the Evening Chronicle today:
“It’s really important that we have made it into Europe.” “When you think back to what people were saying about us at the start of last season, it is huge statement.”
“Nobody expected us to get there.” “There were a lot of changes in the dressing room and a lot of new players who came in.” “But we had a really good season.”
“It was always in our hands to get a place and we managed it.” “At Real Mallorca I didn’t play in Europe and this will be my first time.”
“When you sign for a club like Newcastle you always hope to play.” “I played at Real Mallorca and we played against Barcelona, Real Madrid and Valencia.”
“Here I am used to playing Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea.” “I don’t think it will take much to adjust.” “When you look at the teams in the Europa League they try to play good football.”
“They will open the pitch and try to keep the ball.” “They will open the pitch and try to keep the ball.” “And we’ll have to be ready for that.” “We have had time to think about it over the summer.”
It will be the first time ever that Gutierrez has played in European competition so he’s obviously looking forward to it, and it will also be the first time in Europe for a few of our other players too, and that’s especially true of the younger players.
But other players like Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Shola Ameobi, Gabby Obertan and Davide Santon have played in Europe before.
And Jonas turns 29 on July 5th, so maybe he’ll be given the day off by Alan Pardew?
No way Jose (or should that be Jonas?).