Mike Ashley’s minions released an official statement (see below) on Friday night, confirming that as expected Jonas Gutierrez wasn’t going to get another contract at Newcastle United.

Jonas paying the price for crossing the club owner, having previously criticised him for the lack of support given to him when fighting cancer.

However, once again Jonas Gutierrez wasn’t taking it lying down and hit back at Mike Ashley once again.

Using social media, Jonas went to great lengths to make clear how grateful he is for the support given by the supporters, contrasting that with the despicable way that both Alan Pardew and Mike Ashley behaved.

Jonas Gutierrez on Twitter:

“Two things I learn from my illness, how you can support a player (the Newcastle fans) and how you leave a player alone (Mike Ashley).”

Jonas Gutierrez on Facebook:

“Thanks to all football fans and Newcastle fans for supporting me and trusting 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!”

The club’s statement also confirmed that Ryan Taylor would not be offered a new contract either.

Newcastle United official club statement

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.

As usual the club’s PR machine attempts to bury bad news as much as possible by releasing the statement on a Friday night, ensuring as little as possible press coverage.

I only wish they put as much thought and effort into trying to creat a successful team, as they do with their blatant PR strategy of trying to deflect criticism.