After returning from lengthy layoffs with cancer and injuries, respectively, both Jonas Gutierrez and Ryan Taylor played their part in Newcastle United's survival in the Premier League this season. Now, less than a week after the duo helped the Magpies secure a spot in England's top flight for the 2015-2016 season, they have been told they are surplus to requirements at the club.
It can be argued that Newcastle need to strengthen their squad to better their chances of improving their Premier League position next season, but owner Mike Ashley could also be seen to be further damaging the reputation of the club by releasing two fan-favorites, one of whom made a triumphant return from cancer just a few weeks ago.
What do you think? Did Ashley make the right decision for Newcastle's future, or has he brought more bad publicity to a club already embroiled in a storm of negative media attention? Perhaps a bit of both? Weigh in with your thoughts!