Newcastle United Have issued statement today sating that both Ryan Taylor and Jonas Gutierrez will be released by the club when their contracts run out at the end of June, and they will not be given new deals.
Jonas Gutierrez after scoring Newcastle’s second goal Sunday
This is the statement Newcastle have just released:
Newcastle United can confirm that Ryan Taylor and Jonas Gutierrez will be released by the club when their current deals expire on 30 June 2015.
Managing director Lee Charnley said:
“Ryan and Jonas have both contributed significantly to Newcastle United over a number of years and on behalf of the Board, I would like to place on record our sincere thanks to both players for the excellent service they have given the club.”
“It was a great pleasure to see Ryan and Jonas come back into the team in recent weeks and compete at the highest level after the injury and illness battles they have had to overcome.”
“To come through those difficult periods with such strength and dignity will have given hope and inspiration to many.”
“And it is clear that our supporters have a deep connection and affection for both players, as does everyone associated with the club.”
Gutierrez joined the Magpies in July 2008 and in seven seasons on Tyneside made 205 appearances for United scoring 12 goals.
His performances at the end of this season contributed significantly to United’s survival in the Premier League and of course that special goal in the final home game against West Ham, and the reaction of everyone present, is something all Newcastle supporters will remember.
Taylor overcame two knee ligament injuries to return to action. He made 110 appearances for the club, hitting 10 goals, and will of course be best remembered for his free kick winner at the Stadium of Light in August 2011.
That’s a very good statement from the club.
This is not a big shock since both were expected to leave the club – and we should be getting Newcastle’s retained list soon.
It’s good that Newcastle have released this statement for the two players who have been at the club seven years and given good service – it shows a bit of class.
Ryan Taylor after scoring winner at Sunderland, August 2011
Jonas and Ryan will go down in the annals of Newcastle United as two of the bravest and most courageous players ever to have worn the famous black and white stripes, because of their battles with illness and injury respectively – away from the playing field.
We wish them both the very best in their future careers, and they both leave the club with their heads held high.