We had mentioned in an article earlier today that it would be good if Alan Pardew could address the situation with Jonas Gutierrez – after Jonas has criticized the Newcastle manager for telling him he had to fins a new club last December, after the Argentine had just undergone surgery for his testicular cancer.
Jonas Gutierrez – in Buenos Aries last week
And would you believe it – but Alan did address the situation in his press conference today – this is what the manager said:
“It was a pure football decision, and those are decisions that have to be made,” “We’ve supported him and tried to do what we can when his illness was made known to us, before it was known publicly.”
“What he has done is absolutely marvellous, to recover like he has. I believe he’s picking up an award. We’re very proud of what he has done. He needs to rest assured it was purely a football decision.”
We don’t think there’s much of a rift between manager and player here, and we’d love to see Jonas fight his way back into the first team picture at Newcastle – which he has already said it’s what he will try to do.
But it could be that he is sent out on loan again in January – since his contract runs out at Newcastle next June – and he will be looking for a new club.
And there’s no chance that Newcastle will renew his contract.
That’s right – isn’t it?
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