Jonas Gutierrez and Ryan Taylor have revealed Mike Ashley’s cowboy tactics of telling them they were fired.
The two players have been interviewed on Sky Sports today and made public how John Carver was humiliated by being ordered to pass the news in such an unprofessional manner.
The players have been at St James Park for a combined total of thirteen and a half years and while both accepted the decision to not offer another contract, they couldn’t believe the manner in which it was done.
The pair are away on a coaching course together and had just came out of a lecture when Taylor took a call from John Carver and after being told the news, was then asked to pass the phone to Jonas Gutierrez!
“We came here and we were probably here not even a day and had just finished a lecture.
“John Carver rang me and he told me the club weren’t going to offer me a new deal. Then I had a chat with him, he’s a good friend of mine – I spent a lot of time with John, in and out of the club.
“So I had a chat with him and then he asked me to pass the phone to Jonas…which was unbelievable!
“I didn’t expect they were going to offer a new contract, it’s not about that, because you have to move on.
“I can understand all the football issues, all that type of things, but the most important this is pick up the phone and call me, or call my agent, and say thank you for all – but we are going to release you. That is the way.
“He (John Carver) was made to do it. He obviously was upset in doing it because I spoke to him and he seemed upset about telling two good pros who have been here a long time, ‘look it’s going top end’.
“I can’t really blame John because he’s under instructions on what to do.”