Jonas Gutierrez has broken his silence as to what led him to have to leave Newcastle.
The Argentinian winger has revealed that he believed that Alan Pardew had told him he wasn’t going to be in his first eleven and had to fight for his place, or find a new club.
However, when he was ignored for the FA Cup match against Cardiff Jonas realised that he had no choice but to leave, and still has no idea why Pardew wanted rid of him, though believes ‘it was not a football problem’.
“In December he (Alan Pardew) told me that I wasn’t going to play and I had to find a new club.
“I thought it was like not being in the starting eleven and that can happen – but then the FA Cup, I thought I might have a chance to be back in but I had to watch from the stands.
“After that I thought it was not a football problem. I do not know the reason but it is done, now I am thinking about Norwich.”
Whatever you think of him as a player and his usefulness to the team now, it is sad to see a player who has always shown great character and applied himself so well, treated like this.
In fact in the past, Alan Pardew has put Jonas up as the kind of model player others should look to emulate in terms of his commitment.