Jonas Gutierrez says Mike Ashley must learn lessons from the the past if he is to lead Newcastle United towards a brighter future.
The club secured its Premier League status on the final day of a troubled season last weekend.
I think the club has to learn what has happened in the last few years when they have been in charge of the club.Jonas Gutierrez
Owner Ashley pledged to “invest” in the club in his first-ever TV interview minutes before the West Ham game, which Newcastle won 2-0 thanks to goals from Gutierrez and Moussa Sissoko.
The billionaire also insisted that the club was not for sale – at any price – until it had won a trophy or qualified for the Champions League.
And the club, which had more than £34m in the bank last summer and turned in a profit of £18.7m last season, will issue a statement on his aims and ambitions, and a revised policy towards the cups, in the wake of Ashley’s interview.
Fans, waiting for the appointment of a head coach, want to see significant investment in a squad which has long been ill-equipped to cope with the rigours of a Premier League season.
Gutierrez – who is not expected to be offered a new deal at United, with his contract expiring this summer – believes Ashley must learn lessons from the past few seasons, in which the club has struggled.
Asked what needs to happen at Newcastle this summer, the 31-year-old said: “That’s a good question for the owner.
“I think the club has to learn what has happened in the last few years when they have been in charge of the club.
“It’s important to think about good and bad decisions. It’s good for learning, and to improve.
“They have to take note about what has happened during the last few years.
“They have to think what they are going to do, if they are going to go forward. They have to think about what is best for the city.”
Midfielder Gutierrez made an inspirational playing comeback in March after being given the all-clear from cancer following treatment in his native Argentina.
The Argentina international was outstanding against West Ham, also setting up Sissoko’s goal.