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Jonas Gutierrez cynically used by Pardew to cloud the real issues

6 years ago
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Alan Pardew will say anything to get him through to another match and now he appears to be cynically using Jonas Gutierrez as his latest tactic.

In a number of interviews while he was recuperating from his testicular cancer, Jonas went out of his way to thank the fans for their support but made clear he felt let down by Alan Pardew and the football club.

In response, last month Alan Pardew claimed he and the club had done everything they could to help and the Newcastle manager said  that the reasons for dropping Jonas Gutierrez totally from the first team ‘Was purely a football decision’.

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After playing 34 of the 38 Premier League matches in 2012/13, Jonas was only given 63 minutes of first team action the following (2013/14) season and then only made the bench as an unused substitute a couple of times before being packed off to Norwich on loan in January 2014.

November 2014

“It was purely a football decision, those are decisions that have to be made.

“We have supported him and we tried to do what we could when his illness was made known to us”

22 December 2014

“I don’t think he (Jonas) will feature in this Christmas period but certainly by the end of January, and into February, I think he will be looking to push on.”

26 December 2014

“They (Jonas and Davide Santon) need some match time, those guys are going to get a game.”

After the defeat at Old Trafford, Alan Pardew has said that a special behind closed doors friendly was being arranged to help get Gutierrez and Santon up to match fitness, with a view to the players being involved in five days time against Burnley on New Year’s Day.

Nobody would be happier than me to see Jonas Gutierrez playing first team football again but Alan Pardew’s apparent use of the Jonas situation looks too cynical for words.

If a year and a half ago Jonas Gutierrez wasn’t even good enough for Newcastle’s bench, down to ‘purely a football decision’, how is he now suddenly after major surgery and treatment and a year and a half older, good enough for Alan Pardew?

On top of that, less than a week ago the United boss was saying that late January was realistic for a playing return, yet suddenly there’s talk of Jonas being back in the first team three weeks after getting off the plane and next to no preparation.

Alan Pardew should be addressing both his own and his team’s failings rather than cynically trying to shift the conversation to an unrealistic early return for the Argentinian winger.

Both the player and the fans deserve far better than this distraction from the Newcastle manager.

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