Newcastle’s Argentinian midfielder Jonas Gutierrez, who is now 29, was part of the squad when Newcastle were relegated in May of 2009, in his first season on Tyneside, and he has talked today about how injuries four years ago also badly affected that Newcastle side.
Jonas Gutierrez – we will end bad run quickly
And the news around Newcastle over the last week is that there’s a possibility we’ll be in another relegation dog-fight this season, and that’s so surprising given that we finished 5th last season, and are in the Europa League this season for the first time since the 2006-2007 season.
But the 22 times capped Argentine International doesn’t believe Newcastle will be near the bottom of the table for long figured in the losing run four years ago. But when asked about the chances of another relegation battle, he insisted:
“No. I believe in the squad and the team. We’re going to end this run quickly.” “The players are together. The year we got relegated we had a big squad with big players but a lot of injuries as well.
“This time we don’t have as big a squad but we have young players who have a big opportunity and maybe we have a better team spirit than 2008.’’
It will help that Newcastle still have players like Fab Coloccini and Jonas in the side that took the drop four years ago, and that experience can help the club this season, to start pulling away from the lower reaches of the league.
We hope that will happen, and we hope it will happen soon.
You can also reach Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org