Newcastle Fans Barrack Fabricio Coloccini

Chris Hughton has rightly come out in support of Argentine center-back Fabricio Coloccini, who apparently was barracked by some Newcastle fans on Saturday.


Fabricio Colocini – criticism from Newcastle fans Saturday

Hughton told the Chronicle:

“Colo is part of a team that is trying to do the best they can. He knows what we need to get.”

“At the moment it’s not the time to be singling out individuals.” “The spirit we have to show is that when we win, it’s as a team and when we lose it’s as a team.”

“We haven’t been able to win again. But we experience it all together.”

Let’s be clear about this – barracking players during the game just doesn’t help anybody, and certainly not the team or the player.

They are doing their very best, we know that, so support is what we need for the lads – that’s why we are called supporters.

Only last week we trashed some of the Middlesbrough supporters, because they were hardly supporting their players during the Portsmouth game, and if this continues in any form at St. James Park, make no mistake, it will only help get us relegated.

We have 4 games left at home this season and apart from the Chelsea game, we have to win three of them – but we need the Newcastle fans behind the team to do that.

Now’s the time the players need the support of the Newcastle United fans more than ever, and it can be to our advantage in surviving this season.

Barracking fans is not the way to have Newcastle stay in the Premier league – that’s for sure.

Comments welcome.

Read Ed’s new report on the 3-1 home defeat against Arsenal last Saturday, in his News of The World Column.

148 comments so far

  • fisker

    Mar 23, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Probably the worst defending I have seen in a long time, he was in no mans land for every chance Arsenal.
    Taylor had to cover his back most of the time while running up and down the pitch, outstanding from Steven.

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 23, 2009 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #2

    spot on ed

  • bowburnmag

    Mar 23, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #3

    I agree about keeping schtum when it comes to singling people out. Even post-match criticism is unhealthy really. Negative feedback will have the same effect next time out. Anxiety and a lack of confidence due to getting hammered make players more prone to making mistakes in following games. However, he was unmistakably garbage on Saturday and the worst player by a country mile. It was the sort of hapless performance to bring out the worst in supporters. The problem is, he doesn’t come across like an Andy O’Brien, who was dreadful at times but you could tell it was killing him when he played badly. It meant something to him. I’m not convinced Colo’s heart is really in it or whether he’s that concerned about the future. I’d imagine he’d be straight back off to Spain like a shot if we go down. So there you go – I’ve kind of contradicted myself. But he was THAT bad.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 23, 2009 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Curly clown.
    Had a gash season not prem quality like most of the senior losers.

    I would drop the majority of the first team and start bleeding the kids for the championship next season.


    Mar 23, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #5

    Spot on bowburnmag – it’s not good to single out players but unfortunatly he’s been playing terrible, the fact is if taylor and bassong were fit collo would be dropped. He’s been pretty off all season and he never chases his man once beaten, it’s like he gives up! He could have stopped that berbatov goal against man utd if he hadn’t been trying to get the offside. Perhaps it’s confidence or not caring but whatever it is, he needs to show some balls and put in some performances.

    But remember folks – Bramble was terrible at the toon, he must have had such bad confidence in himself that his football suffered, look at him now? The fans can make or break players and the last thing we need is players being broken.

    but saying that he’s probably packed up and ready to jump back to spain, he’ll get another few million from fee’s and a little holiday in newcastle….

  • Stuart79

    Mar 23, 2009 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #6

    Don’t agree with booing our own.

    Although He is fckin sh1t with a capital F!

    Great signing wisey! Another good un!

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 23, 2009 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #7

    he cant be shite i just dont think he has adapted he was realy highly rated in spain which is the 2nd best in league in the world but we need him to adapt and pronto criticism is a good thing aslong as it is done constructively not destructively

  • hitman

    Mar 23, 2009 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #8

    this lad has had a nightmare,not worth 10 mill.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 23, 2009 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #9

    I agree it doesn’y help to single out players but he is absolute sh*te £10m what a waste of money. We may get out of the sh*te we are in if we play a back 4 of Beye, S Taylor, Bassong, Enrique. At least all of these guys will try.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 23, 2009 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Dont agree with booing, but Coloccni looks like he couldn’t care less and the other fact is he is AWFUL.

  • batty

    Mar 23, 2009 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #11

    he might just need time look at enrque he,s come realy good but colo is a bit slow like

  • Stardust

    Mar 23, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #12

    And not only that we Boo’d Ameobi when he came on. NUFC “fans” are a significant problem at our own club.

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 23, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #13


    i agree

  • batty

    Mar 23, 2009 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #14

    yes fans are a big problem at our club fans like stardust

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 23, 2009 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #15


    i am on stardusts side on this 1
    the only time a player should ever be booed is if he is being a complete w@nk£r like when dyer refused to play on the right for sir bobby

  • batty

    Mar 23, 2009 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #16

    stardust singing on the paul ogradey show

  • magpie6699

    Mar 23, 2009 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #17

    Agree – no booing of players – unless at the end of the game, you think one has clearly not been trying – and tbh I haven’t felt that for some time of our present players – just that they aren’t good enough, strong enough or confident enough – and that comes from the manager (or lack of one) . Much as i couldn’t understand why on earth Ameobi was coming on and not Gutierrez, I did not agree with the booing. How will that help anybody?

  • Spoonman

    Mar 23, 2009 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #18

    “They are doing their very best, we know that”

    I don’t agree with that at all. Sure we have put in good performances against Man United and Arsenal, but we still made awful mistakes. Also we didn’t play good enough against Hull and we were atrocious a few weeks ago against Bolton.
    The players need to get their fingers out and show that they want to keep this club up, although personally I think we are going down.

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 23, 2009 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #19

    batty lol

    no i think stardust is on later playing the didgeridooo

  • batty

    Mar 23, 2009 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #20

    beyethegreat yes ive never booed any ov our players m8 but i dont like stardust but yes beye i agree but with you

  • batty

    Mar 23, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #21

    the only time a player should ever be booed is if he is being a complete w@nk£rs<<<<weve got a few ov them playing for us m8

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 23, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #22

    batty yeah but not like k dyer who was apparently sir bobbys fave got special treatment and still was a complete w@nk£r

  • AndyNUFC

    Mar 23, 2009 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #23

    Coloccini has had a poor season and made basically dreaful errors against Arsenal. Makes Rozenhal look good. Ameobi has always been gash and he poses NO sort of threat against a team like Arsenal, every fan should be able to see that, that’s why the overwhelming majority’s heart sink everytime they see him warming up.

  • TheToonKing

    Mar 23, 2009 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #24

    Colo is not sh1t, he had outstanding games and he had horrible ones…..he has never played an a league this fast or though….he will be a very important player in the future.

    Colo plays great with Bassong but he always plays badly with Taylor…..that’s it.

    Bassong and Colo should be our center for a long while BUT they and the team need a proper manager.

  • SpartanChris

    Mar 23, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #25

    I’m with the majority here in advocating never to boo the players during and after the games. But come the end of the season, I would advocate a 1 day adoption of Sharia law where we can have the team publicly flogged and stoned.

    I also think that Colo is not a bad player, he has come from Spain where the game is a lot less physical than the premiership and he needs time and the fact he cost £10m should not be a factor in whether he should be booed or not.

    I also think that the treatment of Shola is disgusting. He is the number one target for the boo boys and on numerous occasions he actually plays better than Martins and Owen but his mistakes are punished by the crowd mercilessly. Leave the lad alone.

  • Stardust

    Mar 23, 2009 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #26


    “Colo plays great with Bassong but he always plays badly with Taylor…..that’s it.”

    Perfectly put.

  • batty

    Mar 23, 2009 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #27

    SpartanChris not just the team but ashley and co and stardust the attention seeker shame on you after what happend yesterday SD

  • Nick 69

    Mar 23, 2009 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #28

    how did i know some moron would come on and blame steven taylor for coloccini being sh*t, dont talk garbage, coloccini has been poor all season wether with bassong or taylor. and if its taylors fault that hes was crap how come he was the one who pulled him out of the sh*t several times on saturday.

    i dont agree with singling out players and booing them at all, but the one thing i will say is that quite often booing players can bring out the best, eboue is playing much much better since he was booed, and we all know what happened to ronaldo when he was booed a few years back so lets hope that happens with colo, although i hope he isnt booed anymore as he is still adjusting to the pace of the prem.

  • batty

    Mar 23, 2009 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #29


  • SpartanChris

    Mar 23, 2009 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #30

    batty – Enrique has taken more than a season to adapt and now he is one of our players.

  • Nick 69

    Mar 23, 2009 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #31

    yeah i know the pace wont get slower, im just hoping that he can adjust and realise he doesnt have as much time to make decisions and as much time on the ball as he did in spain, Enrique seems to be starting to get used to the pace now and im hopin colo can do the same

  • Doocey

    Mar 23, 2009 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #32

    He was unreal in Spain, pity it didn’t happen here.

    New articles up lads, click the name , cheers 🙂


  • RyanToon

    Mar 23, 2009 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #33

    i really thought colo was gonna be a top defender after the 1st three games but as the seasons gone on his been poor but IMO hes trying his best.

    hes not the ONLY player underperforming either!

  • RyanToon

    Mar 23, 2009 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #34

    WE have to give credit to his fitness though

  • RyanToon

    Mar 23, 2009 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #35
  • TheToonKing

    Mar 23, 2009 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #36

    I don’t blame Taylor Nick69, i’m just stating the obvious. Colo plays much better with Bassong then Taylor, who knows why .

    Colo had a horrible game last night true but he is still far better then what we had in recent seasons and far from being a flop. If you ever watched Colo at Depor you would know that he was an absolute monster in Spain. He is troubled by the pace of the EPL, that is obvious, he will either get used to it and be a big player for us or not get used to it and be a decent player.
    Whenever you guys are doubting Colo, Enrique, Taylor just remember this :

    Carr – Bramble – Boumsong – Babayaro

    Subs: Robbie Elliott, Peter Ramage, Craig Moore.

    Remember! 😉

  • simon376

    Mar 23, 2009 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #37

    I agree, its shocking to boo our own players, we should be behind them all the way. I’m a fan of Oba, but would far rather Shola had been taken that pen. he may not be the best, but gives his all. When he came on, myself and the lads around clapped him on, the booing was just not on. I also dont like Barton for his off field stuff and wish we had never signed him. Dont think he’s done anything since getting here as either been inside or injured, but as much as I dont like him, I would never boo him.

    As for Colo, I think he has been dire since getting here, but willing to give him time as he needs to ajust to our league.

  • Mikeflame

    Mar 23, 2009 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #38

    Players take time to adjust, just he doesn’t really have the time to do it due to the situation were in! Every player is playing well under par, look back to first 4-5 games of season where collo was a beast! We literally need one win to get the confidence flying and what better than chelsea to do it! If spuds can do it we can! They don’t like fighting teams so let’s bring it to em!!!

  • Jezza

    Mar 23, 2009 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #39

    “Whenever you guys are doubting Colo, Enrique, Taylor just remember this :

    Carr – Bramble – Boumsong – Babayaro

    Subs: Robbie Elliott, Peter Ramage, Craig Moore.”

    Yes but we never got relegated with those defenders and we are going down with Coloccini in the heart of our defence. £10 million down the drain, we’ll be lucky to get £3 or £4 million for him in the summer.

  • valle

    Mar 23, 2009 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #40

    Disgrace, and with fans like that, we have no right to call ourselves the best fans in the EPL. nevermind the world… Disgrace


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