Ryan Taylor and Jonas Gutierrez have slammed Newcastle United chiefs after revealing they were told over the phone that their contracts wouldn’t be renewed.
The long-serving pair were informed by coach John Carver that they were being let go by the club.
I can’t really blame John (Carver) because he’s under instructions on what to do.Ryan Taylor
Taylor, who signed in 2009 from Wigan Athletic, refused to criticise Carver, who he said was only acting on ordes from the boardroom.
But he said it was ‘unbelievable’ the way the pair were told while they were away on a coaching course.
He said: “John Carver rang me and told me the club weren’t going to offer me a new deal.
“I then had a chat with him, he’s a good frined of mine. I’ve spent a lot of time with John in and out of the club.
“So I had a chat with him and then he asked me to pass the phone to Jonas, which was unbelievable.
“He was made to do it, he obviously was upset in doing it. I spoke to him and he seemed upset about telling two good pros who have been there a long time that it’s come to an end.
“I can’t really blame John because he’s under instructions on what to do.”
Gutierrez, who joined in 2008 and made more than 200 appearances for the club, has been an outspoken critic of Mike Ashley and the Newcastle board over how they handled his battle with cancer, and wasn’t surprised not to be offered a new deal.
However, he felt he deserved to be told about his exit in a better way.
He told Sky Sports: “I didn’t expect to get offered a new contract but it’s not about that, you have to move on.
“The more important thing is that they can pick up a phone and call me or call my agent and say ‘listen, thank you for everything, we are going to release you’. That is more the way (to do it).