Most Newcastle fans were surprised when both Argentines Coloccini and Gutierrez stayed with Newcastle, when the team was relegated two years ago.
Coloccini challenges Wayne Rooney on Tuesday night
We didn’t think Newcastle could keep Coloccini, who was reported to be on a massive £70K/week at Newcastle, and who can afford a player that expensive in the Championship?
But we didn’t know at the time that Mike Ashley was willing to loan Newcastle significant money at zero interest, to make ends meet and you have to remember the wage bill at Newcastle was just short of £50M while in the Championship.
And whether you love or hate the Newcastle owner, that undoubtedly gave Newcastle a huge advantage in the Championship, and our boys got the job done, with the club coming back into the Premier League in just one season.
Coloccini told The Sun today:
“I suppose some people may be surprised to see me still here,” “After all, it was very difficult playing in the Championship. To go down with a big club like Newcastle was tough.”
“It wasn’t normal.” “So it just felt right that we had to give something back to the fans who had suffered.” “Now we’re back in the Premier League we can enjoy ourselves again.”
“I love playing for Newcastle, that is why I wanted to stay. And also, looking at my career, I believe it was a great experience for me to play in the Championship.”
“Everything was new to me. I had played at the World Cup, the Olympics but never in this division.” “It was a real learning curve and made me a better player. Yes, it’s great to play in the Premier League, but perhaps it’s harder lower down.”
“You have to concentrate more, be more humble.” “In Argentina we have a belief that if you go down with a team you must stay there and help correct what has happened.”
“You take the club into your heart and you need to come back.”
One thing we have gained by a season in England’s second division, is that the Newcastle club now have players who have become attached and dedicated to the club.
That’s shown on the field this season, by the way our boys give everything they have in their games, and of course they never know when they are beaten.
That was witnessed in that incredible home game against Arsenal earlier this year, after which Newcastle became sports heroes around the world for the following week. 😀
Fab Coloccini is just one of those dedicated players who are now at the Newcastle United club, and we’re so happy he’s still on Tyneside.