Jonas takes pro-Ashley stance.
Posted on November 9th, 2009 | 141 Comments |
Newcastle United’s Jonas Gutierrez did not celebrate his goal on Saturday with his trademark ‘Spiderman’ mask. This has already been covered, but it also appears he wasn’t too keen on the anti-Ashley demonstrations.
According to report in the Telegraph, Jonas did indeed leave the mask behind because he was unhappy about press speculation related to him wanting to leave the club, but he went on to say:
“We know the crowd were shouting out something to the owner but we try not to think about that because it can be difficult for us.
“The only thing we can think about is to win and get the three points. We know if we do that the crowd will be happy.
“We try to win for the crowd. When they are shouting to the owner we don’t think about it. I have met him and I think the owner is doing really good things for Newcastle. They want to stay. The team is good.
“It is good for Newcastle.
“We are going about things in the right way. We try to win all the games and the owner is now doing the right things. We know Chris Hughton is the manager now and that is very important.”
That’s probably as strong an endorsement for Mike Ashley as I’ve seen from one of our players. It is of course rare for players to launch into strong criticism of an owner – who, after all, pays their wages – but most just keep their thoughts to themselves or possibly hint very subtly at their stance on matters.
Jonas’s stance is unlikely to go down too well with the hardcore anti-Ashley fans, who demonstrated outside the ground on Saturday and left no doubt about their feelings towards Ashley with some of the chants during the game.