Jonas Gutierrez has played his last game for Newcastle United, and the Argentine International made 205 appearances for the club with 12 goals, the last appearance and the last goal being yesterday in the sensational 2-0 win at home to West Ham that saved Newcastle’s Premier League status at the death.
Jonas was easily our Man of the Match with 64% of the vote – as he cemented his place in the annals of Newcastle United’s great history.
Jonas after scoring after 85 minutes to seal the vital win
Jonas has been an inspiration to many, the way he fought testicular cancer and won the battle, but also by the way he has come back this year. and showed unbelievable courage and fortitude to force himself into the Newcastle first team and has been one of our best players – certainly no other player has given more than the 31 year-old this year.
This is some of what Jonas has said after yesterday’s critical win:
“This club needs to change to improve and move forward.” “It has to fight in the top 10, no less than that.” “We have to learn about this season, the mistakes that we have been making and don’t do it again.”
“Since I had the treatment, the only thing that I was thinking was recovery,” “To be honest, playing football was not even in my thoughts.” “Chemo is a harsh treatment. Your body really feels it. You lose your hair with the medication.”
“It is hard watching your body in that state.” “But then when the medication is finished, it got nicer because every day, I was improving.” “Then the doctor said ‘okay, you can start again’ and I thought ‘Let’s see what happens’.”
“I did not know how my body would react but one day I did a two minute run, the next day four and so on.” “I ended up running the Buenos Aires marathon!”
“I have finished my contract so I take it like that,” “This club has been a big part of my life. Seven years? Not many players stay that long.”
“Of course I have not played much in the last two years because of my illness. There have been many ups and downs but I have enjoyed playing here and it has been an amazing finish.”
Mike Ashley gave his first interview ever since he bought Newcastle eight years ago, and it was to Sky Sports when he arrives at the ground, and while he’s been taken apart by some sections of the Newcastle fan base.
What he did say was encouraging, and we were impressed with the way Mike explained himself and how he took the responsibility immediately for the plight Newcastle were in yesterday – before the game started.
Mike did talk to the press for the first time, and he did say for the first time that he now wanted to win something at the club – and those two things taken together should have been very good news.
But there is cynicism among the Newcastle fans, and we’ll just have to wait and see what happens this summer.
We are very hopeful that Mike was so shocked by what has happened this year – that he will spend big money this summer to build up a bigger and better squad for next season.
Unfortunately it will not include Jonas Gutierrez – but he made lasting memories yesterday, and will now leave Newcastle as a real legend.
Jonas will always be remembered for the unbelievable guts and courage he has shown over these last two years – which came to a head in sensational style yesterday afternoon – when he scored the all important second goal five minutes from time to seal the win – our first in more than twelve weeks.
You really cannot make this stuff up.
Well done Jonas Gutierrez.