NEWCASTLE United midfielder Ryan Taylor went from being the fans’ over-the-wall hero to owner Mike Ashley’s over-the-phone reject after it was revealed that temporary boss John Carver sacked him with a call to his mobile.
Carver gave Taylor his P45 and then asked Taylor to pass the phone to another fan favourite, cancer survivor Jonas Gutierrez, who was given the bullet at the same time.
Both players are in Northern Ireland gaining coaching qualifications and were in Belfast when Carver’s call came through.
Taylor, a Toon Army legend after netting in a Wear-Tyne derby with a long-range kick over the defensive wall four years ago, explained: “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 friend 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 [Carver] 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, like Taylor who overcame serious knee ligament damange, battled back into the side after recovering from testicular cancer. Both were back in first team action over the closing weeks of the season.
“Spiderman” Gutierrez, 31, scored the second goal in a 2-0 final day win against West Ham which ensured Newcastle would not be relegated.
And he has been frank in his criticism of the club’s decision to axe him and says he deserved a more dignified departure from the club he joined back in 2008.
Gutierrez and Carver celebrate survival after victory over West Ham – now the coach has had to fire the player by phone.
“I didn’t expect to get offered a new contract but it’s not about that, you have to move on,” he told Sky Sports News. “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.”
Both Taylor’s and Gutierrez’s contracts officially run out at the of this month.