Jonas’ Corageous Fight With Cancer Can Bring Players Together


Last week was a very tough week for Alan Pardew by his own admission, but at least the players who represented Newcastle against Hull City on Saturday, showed the fight and guts that was completely missing in the debacle that was the 4-0 defeat at Southampton in the previous game.

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Jonas Gutierrez – his courage is inspiring

That’s the minimum that Newcastle fans demand from players wearing the black and white shirt – 100% effort.

And late last week we all learned that one reason we haven’t seen Jonas Gutierrez  this season, is that he is fighting testicular cancer, and while the Argentine has kept this quiet for more than a year, Alan Pardew and Fabricio Coloccini and others high up at Newcastle knew about it.

But late last week Jonas decided to go public with the news on Argentine TV, and admitted he is having chemotherapy treatment in his home country.

That caused Newcastle fans and football people around the world to rally behind the popular 31 year-old player, and it seemed to inspire some of our players on Saturday.

After the game Alan Pardew said that Jonas Gutierrez’s illness had helped bring the team back together:

“Sometimes in desperate situations, which Jonas’ Gutierrez illness is, in a way for a professional footballer, it can bond you together.¨

“We all felt for Jonas this week announcing it – me and Colo obviously have known for a long time, and it was great that Papiss honored that.¨

“It’s something that in a strange way can bring players together.¨ “I felt that for all the reporting we had to put up with this week, and in the week before the Southampton game, some of it was really, really unfair and I said to the players, ‘You can’t moan about it because we have brought it on ourselves.¨

¨We set ourselves up at Southampton for this sort of criticism and you are going to have to learn to take it’. “Now, there are two things: you either can’t handle it – then don’t play for this football club; or you handle it, and I think they proved that today in very, very difficult circumstances.¨

¨Trust me, I have played as a footballer and not at a stadium as full as this, but with that same negativity level at Crystal Palace and at other clubs, at Charlton at times, and it’s very, very difficult.¨

“The players came through that today. They came through all the criticism of how bad they were at Southampton plus the negativity of today, and that will stand them in good stead to be Newcastle players.”

Jonas Gutierrez’ courage in adversity was one of the reasons our players looked so much better on Saturday than they did in the previous game.

And Papiss Cisse in particular seemed to be inspired by his friend’s fight against cancer, which has helped put things in perspective on Tyneside.

In a strange way Jonas bravery can help the Newcastle team fight out of the difficulties they are in at the moment, and after yesterday’s fixtures we still remain bottom of the league, so there is still much to do.

But if our players need courage and inspiration in this fight to move up the table and away from the relegation zone,  they have Jonas Gutierrez to look up to for that.

Our very best wishes go out to Jonas in what is the fight of his life – and we know he can be successful in overcoming the disease.

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10 comments so far

  • BuckLuck

    Sep 22, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Good luck to you Jonas!

    Go fcuk your self Pardew. You are the symbol of lies and deception.

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 22, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #2

    pardew

    we are bottom of the league, and we managed a lucky point

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 22, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #3

    We can’t trust a proven serial, Alan.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #4

    *liar

    (stupid phone deletes words)

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  • Go toon gooooo

    Sep 22, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #5

    Let Jonas fight his fight.Let players to show what they know and the most important what they CAN.Illnesses can’t construct the team and bring results.The real thing is to channel the energy in the real problem in Newcastle’s 11.

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 22, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #6

    you know what, im kind of desgusted in pardew for even bringing Jonas into this, its like a dirty trick to play on a persons illness,

    was pardew thinking Jonas was part of the team when he shipped him out for making a statement to the paper about the training sessions being to easy ? I don’t think so,

    what he has done is not right. Jonas was no longer in pardews thoughts long before the illness.

    the one thing can not say is he went for the win, we set up not to lose the game, and he got lucky switching forwards,

    L city played with 3 very attack minded forwards that hounded Man u and got 5 goals, we will pay them respect and let them play there game and get hammered 5-0.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 22, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #7

    I don’t think there is much to be said that hasn’t already been said on Saturday’s game. Too many people confuse a good comeback and a good result. From 2-0 to comeback was a good effort, but that does not make a 2-2 draw against Hull a good result. A draw at home against one of the teams we need to be beating at home to have a half decent season is a poor result.

    A second point, those calling for Steve Bruce as next manager ought to note that he did something Pardew has been lambasted on here for in the past. He got a lead, and went much more defensive. That cost them the game.

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 22, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #8

    Interesting article in the chronicle today saying parsnips was moaning to fatty lastweek about not having a senior striker and centre-back available. Bit fcuking late now isn’t it you Knobend you’ve known all summer!

    It then said he wanted James Tompkins as the CB (says it all really) and that soldado had been mentioned on a loan deal but the board wouldn’t entertain his 100k weekly wages.

    Tompkins….alan’s perfect CB. What a waste of skin. If true of course lol.

    Even if it isn’t he’s still a waste of skin 😀

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  • sparky55

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #9

    I remember vividly what it was like to support the toon in the late 70’s and early eighties before Keegan came along and inspired the Geordie nation to greater things.

    We used to get between 15,000 and 16,000 supporters every week, we used to watch some abjectly awful football (just like now), but we had a load of local lads in the team and they left nothing on the park (unlike now).

    We still however left SJP with the biggest of smiles (not like now), because we’d paid homage to the lads, we’d have some great crack after the game, win lose or draw (not like now) because by that time being in the old second division we had no real ambition but the very passionate supporters still turned out irrespective of who was in charge, and the quality of the football being served up (just like now)

    Keegan came…we got promoted at the second time of asking and the football (albeit a bit dodgy at first until such time the team mentally caught up with keegan), just got better and better and better with Beardo and Waddler and Zico and Varadi and with a certain young Gazza to come through in 86 it was heady days and it was a joy to part of all that happened (unlike now)

    Jackie Charlton got involved but walked after the season opener (against sheff Wednesday I think) and we again went downhill from there and got relegated again….but the very passionate crowds kept on coming back irrespective (just like now)…and then Keegan came back to manage us and the whole thing moved to another level.

    My point here is as follows.

    It doesn’t matter what dross Pardew throws at as…the stadium will be filled because Geordies love it too much to give it up….it’s a drug and although they get disappointed week after week after week, they keep going back for their hit…but the big thing I’ve noticed over the years is the lack of passion in the stadium, it’s like a morgue up their sometimes and that never ever happened back in the day…we sung our hearts out for a full 90 minutes…but not any more and that’s in my opinion down to detachment between the owners and supporters, and that we’ve come off a footballing high from 10 years ago and never really recovered…so the support is as lacklustre as the football on the park…but back in the day irrespective of the performance…the support was 90 mins of non stop singing.

    We’ve had dodgy owners before but their biggest problem was they also loved the club as much as the supporters did and they were genuine supporters of the club who took it to the verge of finical ruin because their heart was ruling their heads…(unlike Ashley now)

    The only real difference between now and forty years ago is the supporters passion for the club, the Managers Passion for the club and the owners passion for the club…it’s non fcukin’ existent!

    When Keegan sold Cole, Keegan had the balls to come out onto the steps outside the players entrance and explain to us why had he sold Cole…now we get nothing from upstairs…just silence and a big FCUK YOU…it’s my club and I’ll run it how I like…and that’s because he’s a chelsea / spurs supporter, a cockney and a heard- nosed businessman who only bought to club to promote his brand.

    I’m saying all this because we’re stuck in a malaise not of our making…the supporters keep coming back and all they want to do us support the team…but there’s no real fight there in real numbers…and unfortunately Ashley and Pardew know that and it’s their ACE up their sleeve.

    Pardew is a nothing that sits between the supporters and the owner…he’s nothing but a bulls!tting mouth piece of the owner who unlike many before him won’t have the good grace and balls to walk once realising he’s lost the supporters and the team…AND ONLY BECAUSE HE’S IN HUGE DEBT TO THE OWNER AND BECAUSE HE KNOWS HE’LL NEVER GET A JOB LIKE THIS AGAIN …BUT THE LONGER HE KEEPS THE JOB THE LESS CHANCE HE’LL EVER HAVE OF GETTING ANOTHER JOB IN FOOTBALL BECAUSE HE’S SHOWING THE WORLD HOW TOTALLY INEPT HE REALLY IS.

    The owner has said he’ll be keeping the club for another two years and that Pardew has his full backing. We have learnt over the years that if he says something, we should believe the absolute opposite.

    That says to me he’s ready to make his investment into Rangers… so has no enthusiasm whatsoever to change the manager when the time frames involved in selling the toon and buying rangers are so short-term what’s the point in sacking Pardew, paying off his debt, and paying compensation to bring in another manager and all the hassle that goes with it….there’s no point and too much money to fork out. As soon as the club is sold, pardew will be sacked and he gets the remainder of the contract paid up so he pay his debt to Ashley and Ashley pays nowt to get shot of him.

    I therefore see no point in demonstrations, (apart from if it makes you feel better) and no point in getting upset if the masses of sheep that now go to the match don’t support the sackpardew movement or other good anti Pardew / Ashley cause

    Let’s just save our energy for the new owner and keep supporting the team in the meanwhile whilst letting the manager and owner know what a pair of tw@ts we know them to be.

    sorry for the long ramble…had to get it off me chest!

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  • Pavel is a geordie

    Sep 22, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Where was your sense of duty to Jonas when you shipped him out to Norwich? Sorry, but you can’t now jump on the bandwagon now and use his illness to get you out of this predicament.

    This club is run by disgusting individuals.

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