Coloccini Likely To Be Dropped For Crucial Stoke Game

As we said earlier today, Shearer’s biggest problem has to be to restore some confidence into the Newcastle playing staff, before next Saturday’s crucial game at Stoke City, which has a late 5:30 pm kick-off time.


Alan Shearer – restoring confidence is job one

Both Steven Taylor and Sebastien Bassong were declared unfit just before Saturday’s game, but both will be ready for next Saturday, and we think both will be in the Newcastle defense with Coloccini being dropped, and missing his very first minutes of play this season.

Coloccini was at fault for Chelsea’s first goal, and the Argentine didn’t do too well for the second either, and Alan cannot allow stupid goals to be given away right now. But he will also have to handle the situation carefully, so that Coloccini’s confidence doesn’t take a beating.

Alan told the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“I enjoyed the day but I didn’t enjoy coming away with nothing and then walking into the dressing-room afterwards. But that is a part of the job I was well aware of,”

“It was a tough start, but I have tried to drum the positives rather than the negatives into the players. The confidence is not high. You can see that in the way we conceded the first goal and we started giving them more chances after that.”

“I have no complaints about the effort and the work-rate. They came in at half time tired but they’d enjoyed it. To snuff a team out with the ability of Chelsea, everything had worked well for us. I said at half time, the game lasts 90 minutes, not 45.”

“I have told the players not to worry about making mistakes in the right areas. I will not criticize them for trying something in the right areas.”

“I will try a bit of everything to raise their confidence. I am sure they have had everything tried, with the tellings off and the arms around the shoulder, but a different voice and different personalities might just work in a different way,”

“When we have conceded goals this season, we have tended to go on and concede more and lose games. That mentality has to change. It is a great arena to play in with 52,000 demanding fans, but it is an arena which demands success.”

Newcastle are not only leaking too many goals at the back, but we’re not scoring too many either – apart from that things are great.

Newcastle have scored only three goals in the last six games from which we have a measly 2 points. And Michael Owen with Oba Martins just doesn’t look like a duo that will produce many goals, and we’d like to see a big striker up front.

Alan added:

“We asked Michael to do a role that takes a little bit away from his game, because we were playing Chelsea and because of the ability they have and their quality in possession,”

“It was very important we did that. We sacrificed Michael in little spells and he was not able to get into the areas we would like him to. If we are playing a different team with a different system, we will be looking to get Michael into scoring positions.”

The situation at Newcastle right now is surprisingly similar to when Kevin Keegan took over last January, with one significant difference. Alan and Iain don’t have the time to wait for Newcastle to get their first win and start to pick up points.

7 points from the last 13 league game is just terrible, let’s face it, and if this slump lasts too much longer we’ll find it very difficult to survive this season.  This week is critical for Iain and Alan to work things out, and pump the lads full of confidence, before the Stoke game, which is looking like a watershed game for this season’s survival.

Comments welcome.

38 comments so far

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 6, 2009 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #1

    Why are people blaming him for the second goal? Ryan Taylor shouldnt of let him have that much room and Beye was half way up the field. Play Colo Defensive Mid please Shearer.

  • geordie jock

    Apr 6, 2009 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #2

    Get rid of this pathetic excuse for a defender, he is as bad as Marcelino. Why do we continue to buy players from Spain, we get conned every time.

  • dougnufc

    Apr 6, 2009 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Coloccini needs to play better, he looks like a complete stranger to the game at all times.

  • Toon Sweden77

    Apr 6, 2009 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #4

    I belive in Colocinni but he could use some rest after playing al games this season and as usual the defence is the part of the team that has the heaviest part to play in our team.

  • ToonRich

    Apr 6, 2009 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #5

    I would like to see S.Taylor and Bassong paired as our CB’s for the remainder of the season, but perhaps try Colo as our protecting mid, replacing Butt??

    I was pretty shocked by Colo this weekend, watching from the stands instead of on tv you see a totally different game IMO! He couldnt pass to save himself and his reading of the game was terrible. I do still think he could be a worldclass def again, but just not at the min…


    Apr 6, 2009 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #6

    Martins and Owen don’t work well together, they’d only work if we had a player like fellani ready to hold up the ball in midfield and play the short simple pass but we dont. I think Martins should be played on the left wing for the rest of the season and Carrol and Owen should be played up front.

    Did anyone see Fat Sam put a defender on up-front to hold the ball up when they were losing?
    A very risky tactic but it paid off in the end.

  • fisker

    Apr 6, 2009 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #7

    He hasn’t been good the whole season, play him in DM or drop him. Sadly enough i think even Carroll could do a better job at CB.

  • bennytoon

    Apr 6, 2009 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #8

    Great results at the weekend. Looks like Hull and Stoke are now safe. Stoke should go into therte next fixture full of confidence now that they are nearly there.

    I think Shearer proved what every pundit has been saying on saturday. He was brought in to lift the crowd which he has done. But he isnt a master tactician and he is so dull i doubt he lifts the players.

  • Isaac Hunt

    Apr 6, 2009 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #9

    I wish we’d stop complaining about the defence. The first line of defence is attack. The movement off the ball up front was bloody awful on Saturday. Every 6 yard ‘pass’ was cut out by Chelsea. The poor passing in the final third put our midfield under constant pressure. No wonder our defenders flap at times. It’ s been like this for the last half a dozen games.

  • spiderpig

    Apr 6, 2009 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #10

    nicky butt was our best player against chelsea.

  • ToonRich

    Apr 6, 2009 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #11

    It pains me to say this, but I think Bennytoon might be right…MA only got AS in to fill seats for the final games to line his pockets 🙁

    Hopefully AS will prove all his doubters wrong…I do think he’ll bring the best out of some players 🙂

  • Isaac Hunt

    Apr 6, 2009 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #12

    These aint bad players. The coaching has been absolute pap! AS needs to get rid of the back room staff next season.

  • Jan Stavik

    Apr 6, 2009 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #13

    Coloccini and Bassong should play if they are fit. If we drop the mediocre R.Taylor our defense will look better straght away.

    I think we’ll beat Stoke, Guthrie on for Butt and we’ll be able to pass the ball around.

  • Stuart79

    Apr 6, 2009 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #14

    Collocini should have been dropped two months ago!

    He’s very poor and if he plays against Stoke they will rip him to shreds!

    If we have Taylor and Bassong in the middle that will help us stay up. R Taylor is also very poor and the sooner Beye gets to right back the better!

    Is Bassong the only player we have bought recently that’s any good?

  • geordie jock

    Apr 6, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #15



  • ToonRich

    Apr 6, 2009 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #16

    Stuart79…Bass in the man! If we can keep him I think he could grow into a leader, he’s cool headed, can read the game and has the athletisim to keep any prem player in check, we’ve already seen him fend off players that would cause Colo no end of trouble!!

  • Whumpie

    Apr 6, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #17

    Let’s not panic, people – did anyone really expect to get any points from these last two matches? I’ve been going on the assumption of arriving at Stoke with 29 points. That’s where we’re at, and with the mackems imploding, I can see the smogs and the scum going down instead of us.

    As for Colo, he does need to be taken off for a few matches until his confidence and spirit can be restored by the coaching staff. Beye – Taylor – Bassong – Enrique is a prett decent back four.

    Let’s not get too disheartened by losing to Chelski when they’ve got twice our points tally, four times the squad value and are chasing the title, eh?

  • Stuart79

    Apr 6, 2009 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #18

    I’ve been looking at the three home games against Portsmouth, Fulham and Boro to keep us up but themore I look at the league I don’t think 38 points will be enough!

    We need to pick something up away from home and if we take the situation away from next weeks game we should beat Stoke!

  • bowburnmag

    Apr 6, 2009 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #19

    Whumpie’s right. Despite Shearer’s standing, we shouldn’t expect miracles overnight. Did any of us really expect anything against Chelsea? A point would have been a real bonus. They’re a different gravy to us. Cliched or not, our new mini-season starts against Stoke.

    Colo has been poor for a while. I can’t understand fans who think being critical is a form of disloyalty. I would never condone booing at games or slating a player for the sake of it but he hasn’t been good enough and is becoming more of a liability. For the sake of his confidence and for the sake of our Premiership status, probably the best move is to drop him. Hopefully he can adapt for next seasons or else I can see us selling him on at a loss.
    Yes, his confidence may get knocked further but I’ll take that if the alternative is that he drops another clanger that may cost us points in a must-win game.

  • stevep

    Apr 6, 2009 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #20

    bennytoon – you’re talking rubbish mate, he hasn’t lifted the crowd at all. Anyone at the game on sat will tell you that.
    Chelsea looked really poor compared to manure, liverpool and arse unfortunately our midfield/defence is okay at snuffing out teams but if the opposing team scores you can actually see them giving up!
    If we continue to play ryan taylor, nolan, butt we’re down they create no service at all to the front two and we end up relying on long balls (which to two short arse strikers is pathetic)

    Still reckon we can beat Stoke tho


    Apr 6, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #21

    Nolan –

    can’t believe we paid for him, granted we were desperate but 4m for him looks like we’ve been had. played what? 4/5 games for us so far? hasn’t produced anything of note, no assists, no great tackles, no great passes.

    R. taylor

    crap Wigan reject, need we say anymore?


    seems alright as a back-up striker but did we really need one? granted he’ll probs be off in the summer.


    Might be one for the future but the money could have been spent elsewhere and kept us in the prem.


    over ten million for this guy? when a 500k french youngster shows you up you know it hasn’t been a good deal.


    He’s alright, young, can pass and seems very keen.


    Buy of the season.


    Alright player but hasn’t really done anything this season, scored none, possibly one assist.

    So that’s our transfers this season! the reason we’re in this mess is because we’ve sold our better prem proven players and replaced them with cheaper ones from abroad.

    And that’s why Wise has been sacked. He’s responsible for buying players and keeping our squad to a high standard.

  • Stuart79

    Apr 6, 2009 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #22

    Having seen what I have seen over the last season I believe this team would keep us up:


    Owen needs someone big up front with him and Carroll would give everything he had and he’s a real handful!

    Martins would be good to have on the bench

  • TheToonKing

    Apr 6, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #23

    @WELSHMAG i saw that everyone was laughing when seeing that even the commentators said he’s just a primitive manager and that they never saw something like this but he somehow pulled it off……… Samba as a center forward ….only Fat Sam could think of this…..

  • Macas35

    Apr 6, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #24

    If we don’t beat Stoke we are most likely going down, it’s a massive massive game for us. For that very reason we just can’t afford to play Coloccini, it would be madness against Stoke’s aerial bombardment. Hopefully Taylor and Bassong will be back to add more strength to our defence, and I’d like to see Guthrie and Butt in the middle. Owen must start as his sharpness is returning, but Martins is the enigma. He showed no intelligence against Chelsea and you wonder whether it would be worth chucking Carroll in to partner Owen to give him more support. Although Martins pace could be vital, you just never know what kind of performance you’re going to get from him. And as for playing Colo in DM, did no one see the Man City game…

  • Macas35

    Apr 6, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #25

    Welshmag – it’s interesting that Guthrie and Basssong were the two Keegan signings…

  • richyg01

    Apr 6, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #26

    I dont see what all the fuss is about?

    Did anyone expect to beat Chelski?

    I think we did well against them and like AS said, there were plenty of positives to take into the Stoke game – now that is a game where we must expect ALL of the points!

  • richyg01

    Apr 6, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #27

    Stuart79 // Apr 6, 2009 at 9:31 AM

    Yep, thats the team to play

  • Macas35

    Apr 6, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #28

    richygo1 – We were dreadful against Chelsea. And Shearer was only trying to keep morale up, he must know himself how bad we were. The big problem is where the goals are going to come from as we have no creative players who are any good.

  • workyticket

    Apr 6, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #29

    Macas35 // Apr 6, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    “Welshmag – it’s interesting that Guthrie and Basssong were the two Keegan signings…”

    Macas, Bassong was signed with the mutual agreement of Keegan and Wise, after being offered for trial at the club. Neither of them really saw him coming.

  • Mo Drysdale

    Apr 6, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #30

    Heads up lads, lets show the Bobby Robson spirit,
    Winning team.

    Beye S Taylor Bassong

    Gutierrez Guthree Lua Lua Enrique


    Martins Ranger

    On the bench: Krul, Doninger, Smith, Godsmark, Colli, Duffer and

    Bring back Lua Lua from his loan spell, the lad is all energy and tricks, introduce the goal monster Ranger with his speed to match martins and height/heading abbility both in attack and defence, Owen to arrive in the box late for crosses and to assist the midfield, has lost his speed but still has his instinct, Enriq and Guti can work the wings and assist the defence, Enriq is the best crosser of the ball we have. Also the 3 best defenders we have keeping it simple at the back and Guthree pulling the strings.

    Butt, is to slow, Cant pass a ball and can’t sustain 90 minutes of fitness.
    Nolan, is slugish and slow and creates minimum threat.
    R Taylor, is a Liability, and to say he was called the Wigan David Beckham is a joak, he cant even cross a ball.

    We can do it. Attack, Attack, Attack Attack Attack.

  • cicero

    Apr 6, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #31

    I’d like to see Beye and Bassong in the centre and Steven Taylor at rightback. The experience and leadership qualities of Beye would be a great counterpoint to the energy of our two youngsters.

  • Macas35

    Apr 6, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #32

    workyticket – I just don’t think we’d be in this mess if Keegan had been given the power to sign all the players and was still in charge. However we are where we are, so no point in complaining now I guess.

  • zico martin

    Apr 6, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #33

    why are we talking about playing colo in midfeild his confidence is shot at the minute and now is not the time to be sentimental it’s time to be ruthless and gain points by whatever means.
    playing players out of position is not what we need this is one of the most inefective midfeilds we’ve had in a long time and sqaure pegs in round holes wont fix it.
    would love to see guthrie back in from the start and i dont know the sollution to our wingers that cant cross maybe a 4-3-3 formation ,god only knows
    but thats over to you now alan and good luck to you and the lads against stoke

  • coyote

    Apr 6, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #34

    Colo made a very bad decision not to boot back pass into row Z
    But whover made that back pass right onto the edge of the area with Anelka lurking didn’t do him any favours

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Apr 6, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #35

    Beye was great in the center against Chelsea, but this defense has given us most clean sheets this season:
    With those guys in defense we get the most out of Coloccini.
    Steven Taylor is not a defender. He’s much better upfield and can score goals. I’m always worried when Steven Taylor is in defense.

  • Doocey

    Apr 6, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #36

    Lua Lua and Ranger starting??!!?!

    These lads wouldn’t make a difference! We need experienced heads going into the Stoke game!

  • Amirshearer

    Apr 6, 2009 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #37

    Don’t worry dudes…there’s a funny feeling in the air. The magpies might just nip it in and win at Stoke. Provided clownocinni doesn’t play, of course. He was absolutely terrible. Play Beye and Bassong at centreback. Taylor at rightback. And please give Carroll a chance! I’m sure he’ll take it!

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 6, 2009 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #38

    Coloccini, Nolan and Ryan Taylor should all be obliterated.

    Butt is playing well atm and we must play one of our only class players; Guthrie.


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