Gutierrez was a key man for Newcastle before he was struck down with illness .

Jonas Gutierrez claims Newcastle owner Mike Ashley doesn't understand the club

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Former Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez has continued his war with Magpies owner Mike Ashley.

Gutierrez won a landmark case against his former boss on Wednesday after a tribunal found that the Argentinian player had been dropped from the team because of his cancer diagnosis. 

A lack of understanding 

He has often tweeted messages about Ashley, and his latest attack showed solidarity with fans who have been campaigning for the owner's head for the best part of a decade.


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Gutierrez slammed Ashley, tweeting: "You don't understand Newcastle, you don't understand the fans and the city."

Out of place

Ashley, who is from Buckinghamshire - slightly out the way of Newcastle, it's fair to say - has often faced accusations that he is a poor fit in the one-club city.

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Newcastle United were found guilty of disability discrimination for deliberately not selecting Gutierrez when he returned from treatment so that the club would not have to offer an appearance-based one-year contract extension.

Prior to his illness, he had been a key part of the first XI, making 177 appearances in the famous black and white shirt. He is still remembered affectionately as "Spiderman" by the St. James' Park faithful.

Furious criticism 

Even though he now plays for Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna, he has been extremely vocal in his criticism of the Newcastle board.

However, he clearly has a soft spot for the fans, tweeting yesterday: "I am a geordie, I love Newcastle. Thanks to the fans. Board you understand what it means that (sic)?"

His views on Ashley are being cheered by Newcastle's disgruntled fans, some of whom claim the Gutierrez case is enough for Ashley to be removed from his position altogether.

Ashley has presided over one relegation and looks set to add another to his woeful premiership of Newcastle unless the team's form improves drastically in the last few weeks of the season.

Is this the final straw for Mike Ashley at Newcastle? Have your say in the comments. 

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