Jonas Gutierrez will leave the club at the end of next month, and Newcastle had a nice piece on both him and Ryan Taylor last night as Lee Charnley thanked them for their service to the club.
And he also thanked them for their inspiration in winning their struggle against injury and illness over the last two years or so – Ryan’s double ACL injury and Jonas’ successful fight against illness – testicular cancer.
This shot of Jonas – what a picture
It should be put in the St. James’ Park boardroom
As we said yesterday, they must be two of the bravest and most courageous players ever to wear the famous back and white stripes of Newcastle United.
Jonas had his best game for Newcastle on Sunday and maybe even his best game ever, as he helped Newcastle win 2-0 against West Ham, which was our most crucial win in six years, and those 3 points saw us safe in the Premier League.
And Jonas on his Twitter account has thanked the Newcastle fans:
“Thanks to all football fans and Newcastle fans for supporting me and trust in me.” “This is a way to demonstrate I always hear you.”
“You are very important to me, football wouldn’t be the same without you. All my effort and affection is for you!”
Jonas has also hit out at owner Mike Ashley – presumably for never contacting him during his fight against testicular cancer:
“Two things I learn from my illness how you can support a player (Newcastle fans) and how you leave a player alone (Newcastle owner).”
That’s a criticism of Mike Ashley right there, and both Mike and Alan Pardew don’t seem to have handled Jonas situation very well during his fight against cancer – with Alan Pardew telling him he had to find a new club.
That’s not the right time to tell a football player that – when they are literally fighting for their lives.
Jonas will be fondly remembered by Newcastle fans, and that game on Sunday – well it was just astonishing that the lads could pull out a performance like that when it really mattered.
We didn’t think they could do it.
Bur we were wrong and Jonas Gutierrez was simply magnificent.