There´s some surprising news today in the Sun that former Newcastle United winger Jonas Gutierrez is suing the Tyneside club over disability discrimination.
Jonas Gutierrez is suing Newcastle for £2M over the way the Argentine was treated both during and following his battle with testicular cancer.
Jonas Gutierrez scoring with 5 minutes to go in his Newcastle career
The really good news was that Jonas was successful in his fight with testicular cancer and currently he is cancer free and playing for Deportivo in Spain.
Jonas was informed in a cell phone call from then interim head coach John Carver that he (and Ryan Taylor) were not having their contracts renewed and that was after the final game of the season.
We put that down to a complete lack of professionalism and man management from John Carver, can you ever imagine somebody like Steve McClaren doing that?
But John Carver showed in the five months he was interim head coach at Newcastle that he didn´t have a clue about managing players – it was embarrassing.
Here´s the Sun Sports page today
Carver should have arranged a face to face meeting with both of the players individually to tell them the news – that´s management 101 and with anything as personal as that – it has to be done face to face.
But Lee Charnley, who has not impressed us, has to also take responsibility for that piece of crass management – he´s the one running the club on a day-to-day basis for owner Mike Ashley.
This is what Jonas said at the time in a BBC Radio 5 interview about the news he was not getting a new contract:
“I think man to man, face to face is the nice thing to do,” “It made me think they don’t care about anything.”
“I had been there seven years, I always did my best. The only 18 months I didn’t play was because I was going through my illness.”
“Maybe they could have told me before the end of the season so I could say thank you to the fans on the pitch after the last game.”
Jonas had that final fantastic game when he was easily our Man of the Match against West Ham and voted the best player in Europe on that final weekend of the season.
He made the first and scored Newcastle´s second goal and at the time Jonas still thought he was able to get a contract extension at Newcastle.
In July this is what he had said in Argentina:
“Things weren’t done in the best way, they weren’t very honest.” “They didn’t do things like I would have hoped, but that’s now done and I’m looking forward.”
“It’s bothersome because I don’t think it was the right way to let me go, but that’s it.”
“I’m looking forward and I feel comfortable training, I feel good physically, one can’t look back, only forward, and give importance to the present.”
It was a bad situation and made a lot worse by the incompetent way Lee Charnley and John Carver handled the situation and it made news around the world – bad news for Newcastle United.
Newcastle United have made no comment on this – so far.
If this news is accurate Newcastle should settle this out of court and quickly too – the club will look bad if it goes to court.
The club did not handle Jonas’ sickness well from the very start when Alan Pardew – as Jonas was having chemotherapy treatment – told him he had to look for a new club.