Newcastle informed Ryan Taylor and Jonas Gutierrez that they were not going to be offered new deals.
However, it was the nature of the delivery that has come out as being highly questionable, as they were both given their marching orders in one phone call.
The Guardian has reported that Newcastle manager John Carver made the call initially to Taylor.
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The player said: “John Carver rang me and told me the club weren’t going to offer me a new deal.
"And then he asked me to pass the phone to Jonas, which was unbelievable."
It's not exactly the personal touch, nor a professional move, particularly given the duo's combined 13 seasons at the club.
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ON THEIR WAY OUT
Of course, many will have been expecting a departure, particularly the players themselves. Both Taylor, 30, and Gutierrez, 31, have struggled to break back into the Newcastle team in the last couple of years.
In fact they made only three league appearances in black and white between them this season. Some pundits will say that particularly Gutierrez failed to live up to the promise he had when he signed for the Toon Army in 2008.
Despite winning the Under 20 South American Youth Championship with Argentina, he struggled to break into the national team as an adult, amongst players such as Leo Messi and Angel di Maria.
And despite previous transfer rumours linking him to Arsenal, amongst others, he was never really a viable option for the big teams in England.
Gutierrez will, however, be forever remembered as a legend at St James' Park. In fact Fabricio Coloccini has come out in support of his former team-mate, calling fans to salute the veteran's departure.
He said: "Jonas has been a great player for Newcastle and someone who has given everything for the club."
Gutierrez has played in seven seasons for Newcastle and notched up 205 games for the Magpies, with 12 goals in all competitions.
When the Argentinian moved to Newcastle in 2008 from La Liga's Mallorca, the signing raised many eyebrows in the Premier League in what was considered something of a coup for the northern club.
Coloccini continued: “The fans here love him because in the worst days he was still here. Jonas stayed at the club in its worst days - when we went down - and he helped get us straight back up again.”
Last year, Gutierrez also announced his successful recovery from testicular cancer. In April 2015 he made his reappearance as a substitute against Liverpool. Both sets of fans welcomed him to the pitch with a standing ovation.
Gutierrez's last game was the final league fixture of this season, a 2-0 win against West Ham in which the Argentinian scored the second goal, thus securing their Premier League status.
It was followed by immense celebrations at the club's last minute escape from the relegation zone. Coloccini referred to this as having been the "perfect" send-off.
INAPPROPRIATE WAY TO DO IT
However, the phone call from Carver may not have been the perfect send-off, and professional etiquette dictates he should have asked Taylor to not say anything to anyone, and then rung Gutierrez directly.
Reflecting on this, Taylor said: "I can’t really blame John because he’s under instructions on what to do.”
Gutierrez was not as forgiving, however, finding the method employed by the club inappropriate.
This may be particularly the case for someone who has sacrificed so much for the team, and was an important factor in them staying in the Premier League this year.
He said: “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.”
Coloccini added: "In my opinion, one of the biggest reasons we stayed in the Premier League this season was because Jonas was on the pitch in the final game. Scoring in front of the Gallowgate End in his last game for the club was perfect.”
Both Taylor and Gutierrez were in Belfast at the time of the call on an official coaching course. While both of them appear to be looking at coaching as a possible future, either of them could be a good addition to many clubs in need of experience.
Gutierrez could particularly add some maturity and experience to the dressing room of many Premier League clubs or even ply his trade for a couple more years abroad. However, in the past he has turned down potential transfers out of loyalty to Newcastle. That loyalty, as well as that important goal against West Ham, could have been repayed better than asking Ryan Taylor to "pass the phone to Jonas".
If it is any consolation to the duo, it is highly unlikely the current interim head coach will be in his position for long. But we can only hope that when the time comes, one of his staff gets a call first, before being asked to pass it over to Carver.
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