When Fabricio Coloccini arrived on Tyneside, he was generally hailed as a good signing by the Newcastle club.
Fabricio Coloccini – cult hero on Tyneside
Of course Fab didn’t come very cheaply, and cost around £10.5M from Deportivo, but in his first season in the Premier League he had only an average season.
Of course there was so much upheaval in that first year on Tyneside, with manager Kevin Keegan leaving the club after 3 league games, owner Mike Ashley trying to sell the club, and it finally culminating in Newcastle being relegated.
And the Argentine International defender has today said that he thought his career on Tyneside could have been over, before it had hardly started.
And because of his terrific play and complete dedication to the Newcastle cause last season in the Championship, Fabricio has become close to a cult hero on Tyneside.
This is what Coloccini told the Evening Chronicle today:
“When I came here I believed the club could get into Europe.” “It turned into a nightmare for us all, but I believe it also brought the club back together and we are stronger for it now.”
“When I first signed I wanted to push on and play European football for this great club.” “Although it did not turn out like that, I think we are heading in the right direction again.”
“What is here now is a squad ready for the demands of the season, and it has not been like that in the previous two years.” “We have to make sure in 12 months we are still a Premier League club – and then next season we can genuinely push on to the higher section of the table.”
Coloccini captained the Newcastle side against his former club Deportivo La Coruna, when Newcastle played them in Spain in pre-season, and it seems the Argentine was honored to have been given the chance.
“It was a good thing for me to captain the team in pre-season.” “I have said already I will do it again if I was asked.” “I have had two years here now and I feel I can organise the defense.” “Most defenders like to organize anyway whether they are captain or not, and I am no different.”
” I was thrilled to get the captain’s armband in Deportivo. To me that sort of thing is like getting a present.” “I have told the manager I would love to do it again sometime.” “I can do it if they need me to again, and it would be something which would be a dream come true in the future.”
There will be some terrific competition for places in central defense this season with Fab, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Sol Campbell and Tamas Kadar all fighting it out for the two central defense positions in the side this season.