Jonas Gutierrez has left Mike Ashley with a £2.4m leaving present as he walks out of St. James’ Park.
Rather bizarrely, without hardly a murmur, both the fans and the press appear to be quietly accepting that the Argentine midfielder has played his last game for United.
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This is despite the fact that Jonas played in ten of the last eleven matches of the season, only missing the Tottenham home game because of a bust-up with John Carver.
So whilst we are going to be still stuck with liabilities such as Gabriel Obertan who couldn’t even make the 18 on duty against West Ham, a first team player is being pushed out of the door.
So much for Mike Ashley’s brave new world speech, the first thing he does is score an own goal.
On Sunday, Hull’s failure to win meant the bigger picture was safe, safety in the Premier League.
However, a subplot was delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, who delivered a perfect cross for Moussa Sissoko to head home, followed up with his own killer goal.
As well as taking safety into our own hands, Jonas handed Mike Ashley a £2.4m bonus as the extra two points that a win gave (as opposed to a draw), enabled Newcastle to go ahead of both Villa and Sunderland.
With each league placing worth £1.2m each, it gave Ashley his near two and a half million extra in the bank. Not only did Sunday’s win present Newcastle with the ‘prestigious’ North East Top Dogs title, it also desprived the mackems of £1.2m of cash for themselves, that one game giving Newcastle a £3.6m turnaround compared to their neighbours.
Ironically, that £2.4m extra that Jonas Gutierrez played a major part in winning, could easily fund him staying for another year.
However, no doubt Ashley had his calculator out at the match and found that it was more like a £5m bonus for him! The extra £2.4m from the league placings and savig Jonas’ wages.
Jonas Gutierrez of course crossed Mike Ashley when he made public how badkly he felt he’d been treat by the club when battling cancer.
If Mike Ashley is to perform a u-turn then he should grasp this lifeline and use Jonas Gutierrez as the starting point and publicly apologise to him for what happened in the past. Say that he has learnt from his mistakes and that Jonas is everything good about Newcastle United and the Argentine represents everything about what he wants to do moving forward.
Sadly, Jonas also accepting he will have played his last game and giving this message to the supporters:
“Thanks to all the fans, throughout my illness they have been unbelievable to me.
“I owe every one of them a thank you for supporting Newcastle and supporting me.”