Last night we brought you news of astonishing claims by Jonas Gutierrez that Newcastle United had invented quotes from Fabricio Coloccini, the comments attributed to the Newcastle Captain regarding Jonas, being published on the official club website yesterday.
Using his Twitter account, late on Monday night Jonas Gutierrez claimed he’d been in touch with his friend Coloccini (the ‘quotes’ can be seen below) who had said they were ‘untrue’.
Jonas commenting on Twitter on Monday night:
“The coments that coló has supposed to have said about me to nufc are un true i have spoken to him about this matter.”
Newcastle United Managing Editor Anthony Marshall has now responded on behalf of the club with the following on Tuesday morning, once gain on Twitter:
“Just to clarify, I interviewed Colo after the final game on a range of issues, including Jonas. I still have the recording on my dictaphone.”
Last night’s drama had followed a joint appearance by both the Argentine midfielder and Ryan Taylor on Sky Sports on Monday afternoon, where it was said they believed John Carver had been forced to tell them they weren’t needed any more over the phone.
Taylor saying Carver was upset at what he’d been forced to do and that Jonas was given his news only when Carver asked Taylor to pass him the phone!
The ‘quotes’ the club published from Coloccini earlier today:
“Jonas has been a great player for Newcastle and someone who has given everything for the Club.
“He was here for seven years and that is a long time to be with one team. But this is football and life continues, and I am sure he will do well wherever his next club is.
“The fans here love him because in the worst days he was still here. Jonas stayed at the Club in its worst days – when we went down – and he helped get us straight back up again.
“I am very proud of him for that moment.
“In my opinion, one of the biggest reasons we stayed in the Premier League this season was because Jonas was on the pitch in the final game.
“Scoring in front of the Gallowgate End in his last game for the Club was perfect.”
My assumption is that the line I have put in bold was the one which Jonas Gutierrez possibly took exception to in particular, with Coloccini apparently saying in the quote that it was only a natural thing that Jonas was being dumped.
As to what the truth is, making the conversation available for fans to listen to would surely clarify the situation. failing that, it would of course be interesting to hear Coloccini’s opinion on what was, and wasn’t, said.
What a way to fill a summer….must be pretty boring supporting a club who simply get on with appointing a manager and signing players!