Jonas Gutierrez, Ryan Taylor released by Newcastle in same phone call

Ryan Taylor has revealed he and Jonas Gutierrez both discovered that they were to be released by Newcastle via the same phone call.

Newcastle confirmed on Friday evening that the duo's stay at St James' Park would come to an end when their contracts expire at the end of this month.

Taylor and Gutierrez are both currently in Belfast at a coaching course, where they learnt from manager John Carver that they were being let go.

"John Carver rang me and told me the club weren't going to offer me a new deal," Taylor, who has endured an injury-ravaged six-year spell at St James' Park, told Sky Sports News.

"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 scored in the final-day win that secured Newcastle's Premier League survival after fighting his way back from testicular cancer, was similarly unimpressed.

"I didn't expect to get offered a new contract but it's not about that, you have to move on," Gutierrez, who was told he could look for another club two summers ago, added.

"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.'"