It’s A Second Chance And I Feel Differently Now

It was great to see Jonas Gutierrez  on the bench for the first time in a long time,  and certainly for the first time since he beat testicular cancer last year.

jonas gutierrez waving to fans

Jonas Gutierrez waves to Newcastle fans while warming up

And when Jonas was warming up he was given an ovation by the Newcastle crowd, but didn’t get into the game today – a great 1-0 win against Aston Villa.

This is what Jonas said after the game:

“It was really important to be back. It was the first step so it’s good for me.” “I got a very good reception and I have to say thanks to the fans. They gave me support through my illness and since I arrived at Newcastle.”

“I always think it is a second chance when I have gone through illness. You start thinking differently about life.” “I enjoy every moment so it is a big step to be back involved in the squad and be involved.”

“To be part of the training and the team makes me really happy at the moment.” “It’s a long time since the last time I was involved. I am happy to be back but the most important thing is the three points for the team. That is the most important thing of the day.”

“I am here to help the team. The most important thing is to continue with my fitness, and I feel really good. Then you have to get games so I go to enjoy it.”  “If I get a minute or ten minutes to improve and to be to the best of my level, great. But the most important thing is we win.”

Jonas has proved his guts in the way he fought against his cancer and went through some extremely difficult chemotherapy treatments – but he emerged at the end of it cancer free.

We’d just love to see Jonas get on against Manchester United on Wednesday night at St. James’ Park – that’s what the Geordie fans want to see.

What do you think?

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14 comments so far


    Feb 28, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #1

    could be our LB

  • optimistic prime

    Feb 28, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #2

    A win and big profits posted this week.

    Win win

    Double bubble

    Lovely jubley

  • check the toastie

    Feb 28, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Superb that Jonas has got over his illness, somethings are so much more important, has always come across as a super fella, best of look moving forward Jonas.

  • check the toastie

    Feb 28, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #4

    Jonas on the other hand should be nowhere near our first team, was awful two years ago.

  • martoon

    Feb 28, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Check @5 Very harsh to say Jonas was awful – he was given a defensive role by Pardew which he did his best to fulfil. He can sill do a job coming off the subs bench.

  • chasing_rabbits

    Feb 28, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #6

    We’re too thin throughout the squad at the minute to rule out anybody getting a game. Id love to see him get a run out. He’s obviously determined to try and make an impact after everything he’s been through, and with our current situation, id say he deserves at least a chance.

  • stan anderson

    Feb 28, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #7

    How the men in charge were even thinking of selling Cisse sums them up.Carver claims he had to ask them not to sell the man whose goals are keeping us in the P/L.
    What do these people know of the game and of our club and how vital it is to the Geordie nation.
    Dont know what to believe if anything they tell us.

  • gaz 44

    Feb 28, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #8

    Saying Jonas was awful 2 years ago is harsh he was incorrectly positioned and God knows what is hormones etc. Was going through, he weren’t the greatest but I’d take Jonas of 2 year ago over goof and overran

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 28, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #9

    Jonas like Gouffran is not suited to a defensive left midfielder cutting inside ! They are both right footed for a start play them on the right if they have to play at all !! They can cross and beat a man and work hard

    Would like to see us play 442 against Man Utd but not sure what Carver will do

  • stan anderson

    Feb 28, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Just seen that the crowd today was almost capacity.
    Well i dont think we have a chance of change do we.
    They all show up to watch the garbage on show,why ?
    Is the thought of not going to much for people to take.
    Get a life people and take your kids to the movies or 10 pin bowls or something,just dont carry on feeding the slug and his asswipes.

  • Thump

    Feb 28, 2015 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #11

    @gaz 44: I’m still waiting to see more of that Jonas who debuted against Man U, mate!

    I don’t think he was “incorrectly positioned”, though. He’s played the same position since he’s joined, apart from flirting with the right flank (and then switching back because he wasn’t very good). The major issue with him is that he drops too deeply. He’s basically playing wing back.

  • beermonkey

    Feb 28, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #12


    pretty sure some1 posted earlier on in the week that there were tickets available for a 5er
    at a 5er it will always fill up

  • bringbackemre

    Mar 1, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #13

    Pardew was expecting jonas to play left back and left midfield even though the mans legs were dwindling and he was doing this week in week out. He had some great games too when we were up against it, Benfica Fulham ect. Jonas is still a big strong guy whos clever on the ball has good feet in tight spaces and can hold it up, use him right and he’ll be useful. He actually improved a bit at Norwich

  • nufconceandfuturekings

    Mar 1, 2015 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #14

    What a great guy, our Jonas is. Fantastic boost for us Mags yesterday to see him warming up. It sure made up for the lacklustre performance! Still, three points in the bag, AND Jonas fit again. Happy days, for now.


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