Coloccini Closer To Exit At Newcastle – Was Never Good Enough

It looks like Fabricio Coloccini is edging towards an exit from St. James’ Park, and he will hardly be missed.


Fabricio Coloccini – simply not good enough for Premier League

They report in Setanta Sports this morning is that that San Lorenzo, of Argentina, as well as Spanish sides Sevilla and Atletico Madrid are interested in the 27-year-old center-back, who was good enough in the air and lacked pace to be a success in England.

He did have some tidy games for Newcastle, and was never injured during the season, but he just wasn’t good enough was the bottom line on the Argentine, who has lost his place in the Argentine squad.

The Argentina international joined Newcastle from Deportivo for around £10M last August, but was dropped by Shearer after making a bad mistake against Chelsea, in Alan’s first game in charge.

Coloccini’s agent Marcelo Lombilla is obviously trying to play up his client, as he told Setanta Sports:

“Fabricio is disappointed with Newcastle’s relegation and he wants to play more regularly,”

“We are studying several options, all in Europe.” “The boy does not wish to return to Argentina, even if some enquiries have been made.”

What does Fabricio is disappointed with Newcastle’s relegation” really mean? Get Me Out Of Here – that’s what it means.

And he played 38 games so he was part of the poor, vastly overpaid team that got relegated, although he wouldn’t probably agree with that assessment.

He just wasn’t good enough for the Premier League is what we found out after shelling out £10M for him from Deportivo.  The big question will be how much can we recuperate of the £10M we paid a short 10 months ago for this player -we’ll be lucky to get half of it back.

Another hopeless buy from Deportivo to go with the £9.5M transfer of a certain Albert Luque a few seasons back.

Will the club never learn?

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • Ericles

    Jun 8, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #1

    On your bike Colon Itchy!

  • Toon_Factor

    Jun 8, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #2


    You can hardly blame him for wanting out! He like all of are players have been treated unfairly by bad management, Come on we have Keegan- Hughton- Kinnear- Hughton again and Shearer, hes bound to be a little confused, especially how its his first season in English football.

    Its a hard league to get used to, remember how Vidic, Hangeland, Malouda etc were awful when the first started? well look at them now. We never give foreign players time to adapt and that has been are problem, we expect instant success and that cant happen all of the time, like Arsen Wenger said when a player joins a new league he needs one season at the very least to adapt to the style of play.

    I would of really liked Coloccini to stay but because of relegation obviously he wont, I wish he could of been tried out in a defensive midfield position like he sometimes played for DLC or Right Back like he sometimes played for Argentina. I really feel sorry for the man!

  • Ericles

    Jun 8, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #3

    OK, Coloccini feels that he was hard done by by the encumbent regime and its incompetence. If he had any loyalty he would say – hey, I will stay and do my best to get back up. Just like Taylor etc have declared. If he was good enough it would have shown by now. It didn’t.

  • roscoe

    Jun 8, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #4

    I cant believe that statement from the club!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PLease email if u want to buy for 100mil


  • ObaFan2

    Jun 8, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Toon Factor, unfortunately we’ll never get the chance to see if he improves for us second season as I think he wasn’t as bad as some and like you said about the managers he’s played for in 1 season is just rediculous.

  • Rangerman

    Jun 8, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #6

    If he said he wanted to stay people would say he was only staying for the money like they’ve said with Barton and Smith.

  • Stuart79

    Jun 8, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #7

    If he said he wanted to stay we’d be in danger of going down again!

    Bramble was better than this clown!

  • Rangerman

    Jun 8, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Yet Coloccini was better than Taylor over the course of a season, now that’s scary.

  • Nick 69

    Jun 8, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #9

    rangerman- totally agree, players who say they want to stay are criticised on here for only stayin for the money, players who say they want to leave are criticised for that and told they should stay to get us back up, yet if they did come out and say that they’d ‘only be stayin for the money’. and people like Owen who don’t say anything are also criticised!!

  • Stuart79

    Jun 8, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Rangerman // Jun 8, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Yet Coloccini was better than Taylor over the course of a season, now that’s scary.

    Take it you don’t go to the games then?

    Taylor was a million times better than this idiot! Not saying Taylor was great, just better than Colloclown!

  • Rangerman

    Jun 8, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #11

    Unfortunately I do go to games both home and away and Taylor has only just jumped ahead of Colo in the last half dozen games, before then Taylor was more of a liability with his positional play all over the place which was what was putting the other defenders under so much pressure.

    Not forgetting that attempt at chesting the ball back to Harper against Man Utd.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 8, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #12

    Regardless if he wants to stay or not – money dictates that he will be sold or loaned at the earliest opportunity – The harsh reality as it is.

    The chronicle is quoting doom and gloom.

    Realistically – if Ashley is looking to sell then he needs to keep the business running – even if we are still on the market in September for example.

    Surely this fat dohnut can see that the only was to immediately make the toon appealling and get bums on seats is Shearer as manager.

    I fear SJP will be a ghost town if this doesnt happen.

  • Bao Zheng

    Jun 8, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #14


    Before he met us Coloccini was a regular for Argentina I would say one of the 3 best teams in the world, just maybe it is NUFC, not him, that isn’t good enough. Let’s see where the previous ‘not good enoughs’ are – Any O’Brien mid table at Bolton / Aaron Hughes top half table at Fulham / I saw Rozehnal playing in the Italian Cup final / Boumsong is now playing in Big Cup for Lyon. SJP is a graveyard for talent trapped between the totally unrealistic expectations of the customers and the total incompetence of the management. Coloccini was bought and did his best in an impossible situation. He never hid and he didn’t fake injury. Don’t be suprised if Coloccini plays a blinder against England in the world cup. Good luck to him, just not in that particular match.

  • Toon_Factor

    Jun 8, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #15


    Are being biased towards Taylor because he is a Geordie? and besides golden boy Bassong even looked very shaking toward the end of the season when Taylor was partnered with him! Yes Taylor is great going forward but Colo and Bass always looked the better central partnership in my eyes.

  • Stuart79

    Jun 8, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Rangerman // Jun 8, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Unfortunately I do go to games both home and away and Taylor has only just jumped ahead of Colo in the last half dozen games, before then Taylor was more of a liability with his positional play all over the place which was what was putting the other defenders under so much pressure.

    Not forgetting that attempt at chesting the ball back to Harper against Man Utd.

    It’s more than obvious you don’t go to the games or at least you musn’t have gone to the Man U game. The guy who cheted it down to Harper was Ryan Taylor not Steven Taylor!

    Collocini has no pace, can’t head the ball and is static when there is any movement.

    He’s had a shocker admit it.

  • Stuart79

    Jun 8, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #17

    Toon factor

    No i’m not being biased.

    I witnessed Collocini pull out or go into numerous challanges last season. I want a CB to be brave and he certainly isn’t that!

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 8, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #18

    As always True Faith weekly article hits so many nails on the head – have a read if you wish:

  • ObaFan2

    Jun 8, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #19

    Taylor I think makes a good right back, well better than CB. lol

  • azim

    Jun 8, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #20

    “Coloccini Closer To Exit At Newcastle – Was Never Good Enough”
    what a joking headlines…
    suppose to write
    “we were never good enough for Colo”.
    He was a good player at Spain but we made his career stupid. He needs time. Some don’t,I agree that. Four managers in a season- Ed, we are to blame, not him for our distability.

  • Whumpie

    Jun 8, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #21

    I think we’re being harsh on Colo. No, he didn’t adapt well, but that doesn’t prove he’s “not good enough” – just that he couldn’t adapt to the Premioership in one season while playing for a club in utter turmoil.

    He’s right to go, there is no reason why he should feel a big attachment to this club, and he needs to get himself into the right club in the right league for his style of play.

    This is good news, and shows that the work is going on – regardless of who is on holiday – to sort the team out.

    We need to realise that there are more people than just Ashley and Shearer involved here. Just because Big Al takes a much-needed break, doesn’t mean nothing is happening.

  • The Alchemist

    Jun 8, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #23

    Coloccini, was a good player. We never give players time to adapt up here though. the 10 million price tag came with a weigh of expectation from the fans. Colo has been better than taylor over the whole season!!

    I think this just illustrates why the ‘big’ signings dont work for us. look at Jonas…good enough to start for argentina but not good enough for us according to some of the fickle bunch!


    Jun 8, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #24

    what scares me the most?

    Now that this A1 company has been put in charge of shipping players out, who decides which players are to go? are all of them for sale?

    The bigger players ie jonas, collocini, taylor, beye, bassong, nolan, barton, smith are all going to attract buyers, so what happens if we sell beye, taylor bassong and jonas and we can’t get rid of the rest? we’re left with the expensive crap that people don’t wont when it should have been the other way round.

    Shearer would keep beye, taylor, bassong etc and sell the rest.

  • Dragonera

    Jun 8, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #25

    Of course Colo has been better than Taylor over the course of the season. Taylor was god awful until he was moved to RB, but he ended the season well and is a passionate lad. Colo deserves another chance, but he wont get it and Taylor seems to finally be improving. So i guess it doesn’t really matter all that much.

  • Ross

    Jun 8, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #26

    Rangerman-i’d really like us to pick up Beckford but i cant see it happening sadly. If prem teams are interested, then naturally he’ll jump the championship and go to them. However, am i wrong in thinking there was rumour a week or two ago that we’d spoken to him and he was willing to wait and see what happened with us regarding managerial/owenership positions?..maybe we are one of the three who enquired?..(not that i know whom at the club wuld have made the enquiry,lol)..if its not a prem team then we are top of the championship list as far as im concerned.

  • lesh

    Jun 8, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #27

    Am I missing something here (as I seem to be doing quite a lot of with this current crews activities!)?

    Notwithstanding the need to get rid of soem of these highly paid misfits, if there’s a block on incoming transfers cos the new manager may not want them, then surely there should be a block on outgoings too…. cos the new manager may have wanted to keep them!

    Seems to me that this lot’s actions suit their own motives!

  • Sav

    Jun 8, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #28

    He certainly wasn’t great in the air and that was hardly going to improve. But then, La Liga watchers tell me Colo was a Def Midfielder mostly, not a centre-half at all. ???
    However, I don’t think Colo was the reason we went down. He played a good few decent matches. But what we have to accept is that several failed Toon defenders have been good beforehand and good afterwards. i think its all about a back4 these days. You can’t blame centre-halves if you don’t have two decent full-backs and vice versa.

  • lesh

    Jun 8, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #29

    Any suggestions for who this chron headline could refer to?

    “Pair plan world record dressed as panto horse”

    I’ll opt for Ashley and LLambias (though which gets which end’s debatable too!)

    Any more offers?

  • Macas35

    Jun 8, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #30

    Coloccini better than Taylor over the season? I don’t think so. Coloccini made a number of mistakes throughout the season and never looked good in the air, hardly winning any headers. He lacked pace and was caught out frequently because of this. As for ‘Taylor’ giving away that goal against Man United, when Ryan Taylor chested it down then fell over Coloccini had plenty time to run back and stop the goal but instead he raised his hand in the air, stopped, and then belatedly decided to jog back (not run) to stop them scoring. And who can forget his rash challenge against Portsmouth when Crouch should have been given a penalty, after Colocinni was behind Crouch but then inexplicably ran into a more central position but still played him onside, meaning he had to scramble back and compound his inital error by fouling him in the box. Pure comedy. He may have improved if we had kept him on but will never be a strong physical prescence and will never have any pace. Two qualities that are slightly important if you’re a centre half. As for playing him in defensive midfield, did no one see the Man City game? He was a total liability and couln’t pass the ball for toffee, making even Butt’s passing skills look world class.

  • Toon_Factor

    Jun 8, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #31


    For your information against Man City Coloccini wasnt player as a defensive midfielder, he was playing at centre mid- there is a big difference. A defensive midfielder sits right infront of the back 4 and rarely attacks, he just holds his position,. Against Man City he was playing as a central midfielder like Guthrie, Barton etc.

    Living in spain I frequently watched the La Liga and he played as a defensive midfielder on quite a few occasions mainly in his 3rd season with DLC. A ‘proper’ defensive midfielder is players like Makalele, Frings, Senner, gattuso, Albelda etc who hold there position infront of the 2 centre halfs.

  • Macas35

    Jun 8, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #32

    Toon Factor – The point I was making is that he looked inept and out of his depth in a more advanced position. I’m not saying he was all bad last season, he had some decent games, but I just don’t think his style suits the English Premiership. People can go on about how Vidic took time to adapt, but Vidic is a different kind of player altogether, summed up by his his ‘tackle’ on Martins in the home game against them. He is a lot more physical and aggresive, tings that Coloccini will never be unfortunately. Its all irrelevantanyway, as he will be shipped out soon enough due to his wages.

  • Toon_Factor

    Jun 8, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #33


    Ok ok I see what you mean about the Physical thing, I dont know why but on his wikipedia it says he is known for his physical approach to the game?


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