Jonas Gutierrez has revealed that Newcastle told him they would not be renewing his contract over the phone.
Gutierrez has departed the Magpies after seven years, having scored the goal the sealed their last-day victory over West Ham and guaranteed their Premier League survival in the process.
The 31-year-old Argentine is without a club and while he didn’t expect a new deal at St James’ Park, he was less than pleased with how Newcastle United went about their business and has accused the club of not caring.
“I think man to man, face to face is the nice thing to do,” he said. “It made me think they don’t care about anything.”
Gutierrez successfully battled cancer during his stint on Tyneside after joining from Mallorca in 2008.
His courage in fighting back from illness to return to the first team this season made him a cult hero amongst the Toon Army but he says he was on coaching course with team-mate Ryan Taylor when John Carver phoned to inform him he wouldn’t be getting a new deal.
“I had been there seven years, I always did my best. The only 18 months I didn’t play was because I was going through my illness.
“Maybe they could have told me before the end of the season so I could say thank you to the fans on the pitch after the last game.”
Carver has since departed the club himself with former England manager Steve McClaren being appointed as the full time successor to Alan Pardew.
Newcastle are 5.50 to be relegated from the Premier League next season.