It could be that Jonas Gutierrez will get a new deal in the summer on Tyneside, and certainly John Carver has no thoughts of leaving Jonas out of the side because of the total number of games he has played for Newcastle, which could trigger an automatic new contract for the Argentine.
John Carver with Jonas Gutierrez in early March
Most records we have looked up have Jonas on 199 total appearances for Newcastle with 11 goals, and the magic number of games is probably 200, which he could reach on Monday night at Anfield.
Some reports about the contract situation is that it’s based on his number of starts and not on substitute appearances, but it’s difficult to know what the real situation is.
And it’s a little surprising that John Carver has not been told anything, and doesn’t want to know about what Jonas’ contract situation is – and he will pick the team in the last seven games of the season on merit.
Well – that’s what he should be doing, and we have already screwed up in January in the quest to get money into the Newcastle coffers.
This is what Carver has said about the situation today:
“I’ve got to be honest, I genuinely don’t know about anybody’s contract. All I’ve been doing is working on the team and trying to put the best 11 players on the pitch that I can.”
“I’m unaware of the Gutierrez clause. But I will be picking the team between now and the end of the season with that not in my mind, because I don’t know what people earn and what their contracts are.”
“I pick a team on what I think will be the best team on the pitch. Sometimes you can get distracted. I don’t know anybody’s salaries – nothing. I like it that way as I make my judgement on the week at the training ground.”
“Everybody’s playing for their future. There have been no discussions about contracts. The discussions have been about the need to bring in players — we know that.”
“I haven’t gone into any discussions with regard to this group of players, because we have seven games left.”
“I don’t think Jonas ever thought he’d be playing as soon as he has done. I don’t even think he thought he’d play again, when you have an illness like Jonas had.”
“It must have been a proud moment for him, and for us as well, it was great to see him back on the pitch.”
“Everybody’s delighted with how he’s come back in and how he’s progressed. He’s fought and worked hard and done all the right things.”
It’s been a great story of courage and guts from Jonas over the last eighteen months or so, and we are proud of him and it really is a great and uplifting to see him playing well for Newcastle.
We need more of that at the club.
Our away form has been terrible this year, apart from the good 3-0 win at Hull City on 31st January.
In the seven games we’ve played on the road this year, we have lost five and won one, and have conceded 13 goals and scored just four – so if you take away the 3-0 win at Hull, it’s a very poor record,.
We play Liverpool on Monday night, and perhaps it’s not surprising that 94% of readers think we will lose this game.
We expect Jonas to start in central midfield for the game.
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