Alan Shearer Praises Another Newcastle Legend

It was really a fairy tale ending to Jonas Gutierrez’ career on Tyneside, and as well as always being a popular player in the dressing room, Jonas has been fighting testicular cancer for a couple of years and he’s come out on top and won his battle against the disease.

And to be honest, he’s been an inspiration to the team all year – and yesterday he was our Man of the Match with 64% of the vote, as the 31 year-old Argentine made one and scored one in yesterday’s game against the Hammers, to give Newcastle a great win that saved us from relegation.

May 24th 2015 - Newcastle, UK - NEWCASTLE V WEST HAM - Newcastle Gutiierrez scores  against West Ham  2-0 PIcture by Ian Hodgson/Daily Mail

Jonas surrounded by players after scoring after 85 minutes

Jonas has quickly become a legend this year for what he’s done both on and off the field, and Alan Shearer praised Jonas on BBC Sport after the game:

“Jonas Gutierrez scoring at the end is a fantastic story,” “If there is one guy who really works his socks off it’s Jonas, and he was doing it in my time at the club too.”

“After all he has been through,  I know how much that goal will mean to him today.”  “He has shown incredible commitment to the club.”

Gutierrez has been at Newcastle since the summer of 2008, and has played 205 times with 12 goals and got a goal with just five minutes to go in his Newcastle career.

Jonas has been fantastic for us this year, and he has shown real commitment and drive for us in every game he has played.

But when you have survive and beat cancer, it has a profound effect on the individual – and certainly you are more positive and have new priorities, and you know what’s really important in life.

Jonas has been a wonderful example of that over the last five months on Tyneside – and he’s a real hero – and now undoubtedly a Newcastle legend for the ages.

He’s such a great guy.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Bambams

    May 25, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #1

    From Evening Chronicle 24 / 02 / 15

    Even so, there is interest in the role. Garde has told friends that the major hurdle to overcome in January talks with Newcastle was the fate of long-serving assistant Gerald Baticle, who remains at Lyon and would not be able to leave until the summer.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 25, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #2

    LR32…that’s because he’s an opportunists! They all are!

    Ron…I think it’s only fair we all get judge for the job we do…if we should be able to to fo the job in the first place!

    …even if we are not able we should be judge, because we must have convinced someone we we qualified in the first place.

    It’s just counterproductive to put everything at Ashley’s door and think everything would then be better. Don’t absolve ppl from their rightful blame…it’s better to put pressure on them!

  • Lindisfarne

    May 25, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #3


  • The Prole

    May 25, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Not forgetting Pardew told him to find a new club when diagnosed with cancer and he had to pay his own medical costs in Argentina. The bloke is a legend. A Geordie folk hero

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 25, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Great work, Jonas!

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 25, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #6

    Jesper, they are, yes.

  • one fine day

    May 25, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #7

    Where was his Spider-Man mask ?
    The guy is one of the positives of this year .
    I think another year tops as his legs are clearly going . But if every player could show the shear guts he has we would have been safe long ago.
    I’d have him offered something with the club long term ,get him doing his badges etc and bott carver , stone and woodman down the road .
    I’d have a poster of him shirt off going mental in the dressing room so every player passes it as they walk to the tunnel …

  • Ibizatoon

    May 25, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #8

    I will miss Jonas. Quite possibly one of the last remaining players who genuinely gets this club and what it’s supposed to be about.

    So pleased he got that goal.

    Wherever you go next Jonas, good luck and thank you for all of your hard work and commitment.

  • Ron Knee

    May 25, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #9

    The True Geordie:

    On past form, I think we should be very worried about Charnley’s judgement, or lack of it!

  • Lindisfarne

    May 25, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #10

    Dear John,
    Please get in your new motor and take off. Give Stone a lift while your at it.

  • Magpie Myles

    May 25, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #11

    I would be devastated if Carver got the job! He may have the passion but he really isn’t the man to take us forward. I would go with Laudrup or Garde.

    In terms of the squad we need shot of Tiote, collo, raylor, Obertan, Williamson, sammy, Elliot, Alnwick, Rivi, Marveaux, Goufran and I would be tempted to sell Krul. No his day he is great but then he can have a shocker as well!

    The only problem is replacing all of them with quality players a mixture of proven and youngsters.

  • Lindisfarne

    May 25, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #12


  • Ibizatoon

    May 25, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #13

    On yesterday.

    The game – Nice to see some actual commitment and effort. Obviously a needed 3 points.

    The interview – Actions speak louder than words.
    He managed to say very little whilst giving off the impression of jam soon to be spread over our toast.
    No doubt this will be getting a lot of attention (the interview – not my post 🙂 ) and will be debated for a long time to come – good – we’ve been feeding of scraps for far too long.

    The fans – I heard you all loud and clear yesteday. Well done. I’ve never begrudge anyone their choice to go and support the team. Not to be a pr*ck about it, but there are two points here. The first is of course it is your right to support the team, but, at the end of the day, you are supporting the regime.

    That is not so bad if you actually do something in the stadium. I hope the fright of this season has given you all the fire in your bellys that you needed. You always have been the 12th man, but that had been lost imo (it’s also an opinion shared by many it would seem).


  • one fine day

    May 25, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #14

    Watched the ash interview and the only thing I can deduce reading between the lines is he will sell when we win something ?
    So either he is thinking he will get top dollar selling us as a champs league club ? (Unless huge changes /staff/investment in squad happen this summer we next year may not be as lucky )
    I think our best chance of success and with it a quick departure is the Northumberland senior cup .
    Does that count ash ?

  • gaz 44

    May 25, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #16

    Jonas deserves at least one more year, don’t expect him to start every game but he’s still a very useful squad player, the last six games have shown he is still one of the few with commitment to the club.. Totally blanked carver so wasn’t playing for him but he was playing for the black and white stripes couldn’t bear to see us down even if he’s uncertain wether or not he will be wearing them next year

  • Ibizatoon

    May 25, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #17

    I agree with Carragher.

    Why wait until yesterday before KO?

    Also, what happened to the FF meeting? Didn’t the club promise that would be moved before the end of the season?

    Ashley doesn’t appoint the head coach. Okay, we’ll take that on face value for a minute.

    What are the mistakes that have been learnt? Is Charnley the right man to make these decisions for you Mike? What about the fans?

    With all of the spiel since the SPurs game, could Ashley not have done this ages ago and not caused all of this bad feeling?

    Who has the divide and conquer served this time? Again?

    We knew a re-build was needed this summer. It needed it as they haven’t looked after the squad properly in ages.

    We knew it was coming and that it would be easy to call it ambition.

    As I said before, this summer will ultimately prove little. I will watch with interest though, but as has been said previously, any blind faith was used up long ago.

    They still can’t get the basics right.

    I have the same question I have had for weeks. Who do you have faith in:

    Ashley or the fans?


  • Bambams

    May 25, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #18

    I am not expecting miracles here but I thought we would of done something similar to West Ham and would make an announcement about the coach. They must of sounded out somebody to come in as long as we stayed up…..

    Only saving grace is Carver has the office at the moment and he has not been given the thumbs up. You would of thought if he was to be the full time appointment it would of been announced after the match.

    I still think Carver will have some job handed to him rather than pay off the remainder of hus 3 or 4 year contract, or whatever he agreed when taking the HC job.

    Di Matteo

    Any one of those will be a massive improvement. We need the right type of manager/coaches to attract the better players.


    Either would do me, but given his statement ‘best pound for pound’ we will be looking abroad, hopefully in the 8-15 million sales not the 4-8 million.

    Who was that striker allegedly signed as long as we did not drop ???

    Need a coffee…Too much to take in

  • Lindisfarne

    May 25, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #19

    Any blame attached to the circumstances will not result in JC getting the sack as he did the he was asked to do and the responsibility would be equally attached to Charnley.

    I hope the investment Ashley has promised will include a new Head Coach and staff, in order to improve performances and attract the calibre of player required.

    At the end of the day tho nothing will significantly change because the owner will remain, undercutting his own promises. A sprinkling of sugar on the fruits of others labour and the possibility of jam tomorrow.

  • Sav

    May 25, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #20

    The Sky interviewer finally had a glorious opportunity to put mystery man Mashley on the spot with a couple of searching questions live on air and instead he just gave him the mike for 2 minutes to rant on unchallenged. What a waste!

  • Son of Geordie

    May 25, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #21

    Ashley’s interview I suspect would have been scripted, questions approved by his solicitors in advance of the interview, an agreement reached that no other questions would be asked.

  • nufconceandfuturekings

    May 25, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #22

    Our Jonas.
    Cometh the hour, cometh the man…


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