Fulham v Newcastle United - Premier LeagueOne player who divides the fans is Jonas Gutierrez; is he a tireless unselfish worker for the team who never gives less than 100%, or a plodder who can’t cross a ball to save his life?

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After the Chelsea match, Alan Pardew singled out Jonas for a special mention when speaking to the Evening Chronicle;

“Jonas answered a few critics, he was fabulous against Chelsea. Everyone gets a lift when new players come in (unless they take your place!) and Jonas is a great example of that.

He’s a good player who has been running on empty and has lacked confidence and belief due to the team not been strong enough.

When you bring new players in it is only right you give him his chance and say ‘Come on, we’ve got a proper team now, come and show your true form’.

Against Chelsea he did that and I’m very proud of him”.

Layout 1I think there’s no doubt that Gutierrez has been poor this season but he has hardly been alone in that. In any team it is essential you have your really gifted flair players such as Cabaye and Ben Arfa but just as important is that you have your worker ants/water carriers, like Jonas.

Down the years the likes of Manchester United and others have had grafters to complement their real stars, in a lesser team the worker ants will still be exactly that but even the best teams they need them.

The trouble is that when your team is struggling for flair, workers like Jonas can still be busy but just end up running into dead ends, especially this season as Newcastle have missed the likes of Ben Arfa and Cabaye, while generally the squad players called into the team have been woeful. Plus of course the lack of movement of some of our players has been embarrassing, especially seeing the energy and workrate of players like Sissoko and Gouffran.

Jonas will run and run but he desperately needs others to create situations for him and of course he really comes into his own in covering the pitch to cover the flair players when they are creating their magic.

I was as amazed as anybody when he appeared from nowhere…like a superhero, to soar above John Terry for that crucial first goal. However, he got on  the end of a brilliant Santon class and Jonas had the opportunity to get into that position thanks to the quality of Newcastle unsettling the blues on the day.

This worker ant still has a lot to offer.

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20 comments
shadsdad
shadsdad

John, do yourself and the club a favour and fall on your sword. Lets get someone, anyone!, in for the last 4 games.

GeordieCraig
GeordieCraig

I was sat about 10 seats from the young lad standing up in the picture, he must have been up and down 30 times abusing the bench and staff throughout the match, no exaggeration.  He didn't have one good thing to say even during the first 15-20mins when we were playing well (on recent form).  He should have been ejected from the ground long before JC had to turn and say something, whatever JC did or did not say would be well justified for this little moron.

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

Good for the young lad, seems to know more about football than lickspittle carver.

1957
1957

A man under pressure who has form for this type of oafish behaviour.

For many people violence becomes their default position when they are unable to cope with pressure and this is clearly an issue for Carver. Not a great quality for the job he coverts.

Angels North
Angels North

I'd like to speak to him about his "tactics" How do we organise an appointment?

1957
1957

Me too. I would actually love to go through a game video with him to see how he and I see things so differently. Maybe he needs to take a seat in level 7, the view of what's happening on the pitch must be better from there than at pitch level

Demented_Man
Demented_Man

Carver sent away a lady in tears, after she tried vainly to stop his aggressive behaviour.


The scumbag should be suspended. 

PeterRobson
PeterRobson

As a person, Carver has every right to react to criticism or intimidation, However, when he puts on his coaches hat and steps into the dugout the fans have every right to vent their displeasure at his tactical ability, it´s all part and parcel of the job !!!


If he can´t take the stick he should get an easier job (bouncer at Mothercare perhaps).


The problem lies not just with his tactical/selection decisions, moreover the simple fact that he hides behind every excuse he can think of.


It´s alright us making fun of him and posting funny pictures (guilty as charged miludd), but I think he would have at least had us on his side if he´d simply come out at the start and said: "look, I know I´m not your (the fan´s) first choice but I´ll give it my best shot, it´s the best I can do" !!!


Instead, we´ve been fed a steady diet of inane plattitudes about who he worked with, and that he´s a fan and a Geordie, but worse than that are the lies and excuses !!!


We all know we don´t have a God given right to win, but ask any Newcastle United fan and they´ll tell you (apart from the deluded regulars) we love a team that tries, and that is not what we have !!!

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

A new poster, welcome mate, who do you support?

Demented_Man
Demented_Man

I hope people have put in a complaint about Carver's behaviour to the FA,


The low-life guttersnipe should not be allowed to get away with this.  Ordinary fans would be banned from the ground.

terriertwo
terriertwo

I heard in the pub last night that Carver and Nicola Sturgeon are going to elope to Transylavania.

toon tony
toon tony

Never mind Mayweather v Paccio. ..get this fight on Sky. ...now that's one ticket I'd buy. !!!!

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

Hilarious..... I don't remember Sir Bobby or Keegan offering to have the Leazes End 'ootside'

Andgeo
Andgeo

Shambles! I'm embarrassed to be a Newcastle supporter, and I certainly do not support Fat Ashley or this bumbling fool. cardew is being made the scape goat, given enough rope...

Paul Cruddas
Paul Cruddas

Maybe he could channel his aggression towards the belle*nds in the dressing room and get some sort of reaction and effort from them.

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

His ineptitude and general moronic behaviour is a perfect distraction for FCB, no wonder he promoted him.