Coloccini Has Taken Newcastle To His Heart

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.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • MacToon

    Apr 23, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #1

    “In Argentina we have a belief that if you go down with a team you must stay there and help correct what has happened.”

    Well said, wonder what Owen thought…. NOT!
    Colo’s turned into a fine CB for the Toon.

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 23, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Read and learn Jose.

  • jaw4life

    Apr 23, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #3

    Taraabt’s goal…wow

  • a.barry

    Apr 23, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #4

    is anyone watching the qpr cardiff game? , to great goals for jay boothroyd and tarrabt…….

  • toonbrother

    Apr 23, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #5

    “Most Newcastle fans were surprised when both Argentines Coloccini and Gutierrez stayed with Newcastle, when the team was relegated two years ago”

    Er…Not really. I for one wasnt surprised to see Bassong immediately get snapped up by the saavy Harry Redknapp;Habib Beye by Martin O’Neill and absolutely nobody interested in Colocinni. If he cost £1million like Williamson then that wouldnt have been too bad But for £10million we paid for him, he has been shockingly mediocre.

  • nightfa11

    Apr 23, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #6

    toonbrother my ass.. if there werent for colo wed receive 60 goals this season..

    keep in mind that he got here to a completely new league for mentality..& in his frist season he had to play for 5 different managers… everybody would suck in these conditions.. wait..everybody did suck..

  • craig bell

    Apr 23, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #7

    exactly the attitude we want to hear! 🙂 howay the lads

  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 23, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Habib Beye hasn`t played many games since leaving and we would do well to get him back.
    As for Bassong he isn`t getting his place at Spurs even though they have King and other injuries,he may get a game now as Gallas is injured but hasn`t looked the player that he did at the TOON.
    Maybe we could get him back for 2 mill 🙂

  • toonbrother

    Apr 23, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Nightfa11 i respect your opinion but when you think about it, for £10million we couldve bought 10 Williamsons each of which would be a superior defender to Colocinni. Its just my opinoin here but I think in the same way many fans didnt understand Alan Smith’s glaring mediocrity as midfielder until he was supplanted by the world class Tiote, many fans won’t appreciate Colocinni’s weaknesses (especially in the air), until he is replaced by a truly world class centre back .Having said that I’m grateful to Colo and all the lads for the incredible effort they’ve put in this season.

  • nightfa11

    Apr 23, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #10

    10 williamson would do same mistakes as this willimas..& there wouldnt be colo to save his ass..+ willimason is learning from colo… who wonders how good would he be if he played long side taylor..or sol:D

    as for smith..i was always agains signing him..just watch some of the old man utd mathes..he sucked there as well.. & please..dont mention that man utd win over roma.. the whole team played well..

  • nightfa11

    Apr 23, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #11

    fact is we need a better defender to play with colo.. williamson is too inreliable.. colo has areal weaknesses yes..but so did cannavaro.. was he a bad defender cos of it? its EPL..but colo-s doing way better job then williamson.. sure he was a good buy for 1 mio.. but he cant compare to colo with his…experiences…leadership..positioning…influence..marking..speed…passing…etc etc..

    or am i just blind?

  • davis_toons

    Apr 23, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #12

    Owen thought…?


    I guess it s all written in his name.

    Ever wonder if Newcastle never spend the 17million to bring Owen back to england which club will do that.

  • davis_toons

    Apr 23, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #13

    nightfa11 // Apr 23, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    You are right. On Colp pros and cons

    Plp are looking at its cons side of Colo. (That’s what im looking at first but i do realise that Colo’s pro’s its helps alots in our defence.

    Colo reads the game better. He can change a defence to attack much faster with a pass.

    We need a bigger defender who can win areal to tag him.


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