Jonas Gutierrez will be released by Newcastle in the summer, when his contract runs out, after the news tonight that he has had some kind of falling out with interim head coach John Carver.
Carver and Jonas in happier times
The Argentine winger was our Man of the March against Sunderland, so it was surprising when he was left out of the 18 man squad for yesterday 3-1 defeat at home to Tottenham.
After the game Carver wouldn’t comment specifically on why Jonas had been omitted from the 18 man squad, and then said it was a selection issue.
This is what Carver said after the game yesterday:
“I have my reasons and I don’t want to talk about Gutierrez anymore.” “Selection reasons. We have a pool of 18 players.”
That didn’t seem to make much sense, and it’s now clear there was some disagreement with Carver and Gutierrez last week, and certainly the head coach is having problems in both controlling the players and getting the best out of them.
The team is currently in free-fall under Carver, and we have the second worst record of any club in the Premier League this year, with only QPR worse than us.
We are bottom of the league in the form guide because over the last six games we have no points.
We have two wins and three draws in 14 league game under Carver this year, and Newcastle are now lurching towards a relegation fight, if we cannot start picking up some points soon.
Carver isn’t only having problems with his coaching and tactics for the games, but he doesn’t seem to be able to control the players or get the team playing for him.
This is what happens when the cheap and easy choice is made (what again!), and a man with little experience and untested at the highest levels is given the Newcastle head coach job – even for just half a season.
It’s only one of a number of poor decisions that were made by Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley in January.
If we don’t start picking up some points soon, we could be in the Championship next season, although that still remains unlikely.
And finally Jonas has proved what a gutsy and brave character he is by winning his fight with testicular cancer over the last 18 months.
And it’s more than a little interesting that the Argentine’s fight, guts and spirit is exactly what’s missing from the Newcastle team under John Carver.