Jonas Gutierrez is one of the players who knows what it’s like to be relegated, because in his first of seven seasons at Newcastle we were relegated – it was also his Argentine colleague Fab Coloccini’s first season on Tyneside.
We went down by failing to get a point in our last game at Aston Villa on May 24th, and Hull were 4th bottom and stayed up – but were relegated the next season.
Jonas in action on Saturday
Jonas was our Man of the Match on Saturday and he will again be an important player for us this Sunday, 24th May (the same date we went down in 2009), when we are at home to West Ham and a win in that game would see us safe – but we haven’t won a game since February.
Jonas has shown his guts and courage in winning his fight with testicular cancer, and he is now starting regularly in the side and Sunday’s game will probably be his last for the club.
This is what Jonas has said:
“I know this could be my last game at St James’ Park, it is always our responsibility as we are the players on the pitch, we have to do it (avoid relegation) for the fans and the city.”
“Two months ago I didn’t know I was going to be able to play but I feel strong. I think the same – help the team. Most of all, we have to do it for the fans and the city, because they don’t deserve to be in this situation.”
“A few players here know what it is like to go down and it is not nice for the city, the players and the club. This can’t happen, we have to do it for fans and the city.”
“It is really frustrating and I am really upset about the result at QPR and the situation, that’s not acceptable.”
“We scored and we were winning, we had to take care of the ball, be patient and not start running everywhere and leave spaces – in this type of football if you leave spaces, you are going to concede.”
Leicester City and Aston Villa were safe over the weekend, even though Villa were hammered 6-1 at Southampton – and a win would have seen Newcastle safe.
But it’s going down to the last day – and we need to see 100% from every single Newcastle player – and hopefully we’ll get a sell-out crowd there for the game.
But there are probably still going to be demonstrations against Mike Ashley and that will not help the team.
If we are relegated we can have no complaints – because when you can take only one point in 10 games – that’s not good.
We’re hoping for the best, but we just cannot see us beating West Ham.
But on the other hand a win is really what we need – and would be terrific and we’d be safe.
What do you think?