Jonas – “Healthy and Ready”

Last night Jonas Gutierrez revealed that he was “Healthy and ready” and that it was now “a board decision.” whether or not he plays for the Newcastle first team again.

The Argentinian midfielder has been training with the U21′s team since undergoing treatment and defeating testicular cancer.

He recently told Sky Sports News

“I’m healthy”

“My treatment has finished and I’m training with the team.

“I’m so proud to be back, they have always supported me since my illness and Newcastle have always given me support.

“They stayed with me through a hard moment of my life; my team-mates send me messages and call me to ask how the treatment is going. I was so pleased to get those calls and those messages.

“The treatment was hard. The chemotherapy is a hard treatment but I have a lot of power from the fans and from my team-mates, they always support me.”

Despite Jonas revealing that’s he’s ready to be involved with the senior squad the final decision will lie in the hands of Head Coach John Carver, his assistants and the Newcastle boardroom.

A final appearance at St James’ Park in front of 52 thousand inspired Geordies for the midfielder would be the perfect ending to his tough journey over the last year.
Gutierrez has touched the hearts of those on Tyneside and continues to update fans along the way via his personal Twitter account.

If the club decide against fulfilling Jonas’ wish then I feel that a Charity / Testimonial match should certainly be arranged at the end of the season to give him the perfect send off and the opportunity for Newcastle fans to say their final goodbye to the honorary Geordie, as well as raising money for the charities chosen.

A perfect game would be two teams hand-picked by Jonas , an Argentina XI v a Newcastle XI, with him appearing for both sides.

Gutierrez has played along side some world class players throughout his time including Lionel Messi, Xavier Mascherano and Leon Best.

This Charity match would be extremely high profile and raise a large sum of money and publicity for the charities involved as St James’ Park would without a shadow of a doubt be a complete sell out with fans from across the country and world to show their respect for the winger.

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Injury – Defender Crisis

If you are six foot or over, can head a ball and fancy yourself as a centre back you may be in with a chance of playing for the Newcastle United first team. The crisis that most fans knew was coming has exploded when news broke yesterday that Dummett was likely to miss the rest of the season, leaving just four senior recognised defenders fit.

Dummett is not the greatest defender in the world and has received criticism from large sections of the crowd for some of his performances at left back, but looked more confident at centre back at the beginning of the season. With Steven Taylor suffering a season ending injury in early January, the poor form of Coloccini and Williamson combined and with Williamson being out of his depth then Dummett’s absence will be felt by an already threadbare squad.

In the summer Yanga-Mbiwa was loaned to Roma with an obligation to buy after a certain number of games. He was let go with no replacement coming in and the club have since admitted in fans forum minutes that they did have someone lined up in the summer but it fell through; yet in January they thought it was unnecessary to fix it.

Santon was also loaned out to his previous club Inter Milan with an obligation to buy at the end of the loan period, his departure further weakened options in a very small defence.

As part of the five players sent to Rangers, another defender was let go in the shape of Streete. Although he had not made a first team appearance, he had been an option from the bench which made his departure puzzling given the lack of numbers in the defensive position. Streete, however is now also injured.

The final blow was nailed when it was announced late last night that Good had been ruled out for the season. The Australian defender has only made one first team appearance since signing in 2012 and has suffered from injuries over the last three seasons so it may be unfair to have pinned hopes on him but it now leaves only 19 year old Satka as cover.

Ryan Taylor is now fit but there will always be that question mark over him given his injury record. There is no recall clause in Lascelles loan deal with Nottingham Forest.

Carver has been quoted as saying he would move Janmaat to centre back if another injury was suffered as Anita has won caps for Holland playing at full back and Colback has experience of playing left back having done so for his former club, but if things had been properly addressed in January we would not be talking about playing players out of position.

With failure to bring in defensive cover many fans have written off the season. It has hardly sent a positive message from the boardroom. The gamble will probably result in no top half finish but relegation should not be a concern. I find it impossible to trust a Managing Director who could not see this coming by not acting last month in the transfer market and no doubt he will let us fans down yet again in the summer.


Injury – The List Shortens

Although we are very unlikely to see any new faces through the January transfer window this year, newly crowned head coach John Carver will be feeling optimistic with the quartet of Siem de Jong, Mehdi Abeid, Davide Santon and Gabriel Obertan all edging closer to a return.
All four started in an U-21s game against Carlisle on Tuesday, with de Jong adding one to the score sheet in a 3-1 win. This comes as a welcome boost for Carver, who is without a win in his first four games since taking charge.
De Jong hasn’t featured since limping off against Crystal Palace back in August, and we have seen only glimmers from him since signing from Ajax at the start of the season. Still, he is probably the most exciting returnee to the squad and should bring much needed leadership on and off the pitch, something ex manager Alan Pardew spoke much of when he signed from the club he captained. I’m not going to pretend I’ve seen de Jong play week in week out at Ajax, but from what I have seen he may bring a new angle to Newcastle as a player who doesn’t rely on his pace to be creative, and should hopefully chip in with a few goals which should ease some pressure off of Perez. Chances are he won’t be rushed back for Hull, but expect to see him within the next couple of weeks.
The other three are set to be involved ‘in some way’ this weekend according to Carver;

Abeid (out since early December), Obertan (out since early November) Santon (recently featured at Leicester after a long absence)

are all expected to be in the squad, bringing with it some much needed cover and competition.

Of those three it is Abeid who is the most likely to start; who has looked a solid partner to Jack Colback instead of the blundering Tiote this season, and will hopefully continue the good form he showed prior to his injury.
This coupled with the news of Ryan Taylor’s early recovery, and Rolando Aarons returning to training brings a sense of optimism to the coming weeks with a good run of games coming up. For a season that is essentially over, this wave of players coming back can hopefully give the fans something to get excited about until a new head coach arrives in the summer.


Carver – ‘Til The End Of The Season

So there we have it. A four week “search” for a new head coach, where apparently the club had to field eighty applications for the role, has ended with John Carver being handed the reigns until the end of the season for the very least.

An uninspiring and yet completely predictable decision once again sees Newcastle United write off a season for the second year running in January. The pressure is now on Lee Charnley and head scout Graham Carr to deliver a credible head coach before the summer transfer window opens at the beginning of July but it would not surprise me if Carver remained in charge beyond the end of the 14/15.

Carver and the rest of the previous manager’s coaching staff, Andy Woodman and Steve Stone are all contracted to the club until 2020. This could be a sticking point for any external appointment should the club not be prepared to pay off the contracts of these three and they will no doubt dig in their heels to remain employed by NUFC, as seen with Woodman turning down the chance to return to London with Crystal Palace.

If a head coach does not want to work with the current coaches left behind by Alan Pardew then it could cause a problem with any future appointment.

It would be the cheap option to continue with Carver for the start of the 2015/16 season but he has the chance to earn it over the remaining 16 games. The fear is that the club could be sleepwalking towards a relegation battle especially with the future of Moussa Sissoko’s time on Tyneside in doubt.

Carver’s record certainly does not fill me with any confidence but you would like to think that with eight of the nine clubs below us still to play we should get the points needed to remain in the Premier League especially with the added bonus of players returning from injury. Should Carver achieve the required top ten finish for the bonuses to be paid out it would not be a shock if he was in charge next season.

If the club are waiting for the right man to become available in the summer then it is important that this is sorted now, even if there is no official announcement until the end of the season, as there will probably better jobs available than trying to achieve a top ten finish with Newcastle United. Should we arrive at the opening of the next transfer window still in limbo then the fans have once again be let down by the club.


Cissé – A Wanted Man

The No9 striker’s future on Tyneside seems to be uncertain during the January transfer window.

Cissé who’s NUFC contract ends in June 2017 has not ruled out a move away from the North East with his recent comments,

“I focus on the Africa Cup of Nations, then we will see about my future with Newcastle”

“We talk about a lot of clubs, Swansea & others.”

The Senegal striker signed for Newcastle for £9.5million in January 2012, teaming up with fellow countryman Demba Ba.
Cissé hit the ground running scoring on his home debut in a 2-1 win over Aston Villa, he finished the season scoring an impressive 13 goals in 14 games.

Cissé has been a glimmer of hope for Newcastle’s this season once he made his return from injury ( broken kneecap ) scoring 9 goals in 14 appearances including a brace v Hull City, Swansea City and Chelsea.

The Senegalese front man has been linked with a switch to Crystal Palace to link up with ex Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, which will come as a shock as Cissé spent a lot of game time playing out of position on the left wing under Pardew whilst Demba Ba was still on Tyneside. This amongst many “apparent” fallouts between the striker and manager will only add doubt to Cissé’s switch to London.

Papiss has also been linked with a switch to Swansea, West Ham, Besiktas and even a multi-million pound deal taking him to Shanghai.