Coloccini – An Honor To Be Newcastle United Captain


Lee Ryder has nabbed the first interview with Newcastle’s new captain Fabricio Coloccini,  in the Evening Chronicle today.

Fab Coloccini – it’s an honor

Coloccini had this to say on the appointment he was handed after training yesterday afternoon by Alan Pardew:

“To receive an honor like this is like getting a gift.“

“I am very proud to be wearing the armband for Newcastle United, and I am looking forward to leading the team into the new season ahead.”

And former captains Bob Moncur and Glenn Roeder, both think it’s an excellent appointment, as do most of our readers as 93% think it’s a good appointment in the poll we put out earlier today.

Bobby Moncur had thought Coloccini would make an excellent captain and he was Bobby’s choice for captain, and the former captain had this to say today:

“I think it’s fantastic news for the fans first and foremost because it would presumably put an end to any talk of him leaving the club.

“I’ve always felt that a defender is the ideal candidate for the role, and it certainly gets the thumbs up from me.

“Colo has proved he can lead by example and there is no doubt he is regarded as one of our marquee players these days.

“It’s great that Alan Pardew has got this sorted out so early because everybody now knows where they stand.”

Well it certainly seems that manager Alan Pardew has made an excellent choice, and we know full well the Argentine will wear the armband with great pride.

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63 comments so far

  • Miserable Now

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Harumph.

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  • JTOONJ

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #2

    Don’t think he deserves it unlike Saylor

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  • Miserable Now

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #3

    Good choice.
    Just needs to use his influence to encourage Jose and Jonas to sign up.
    Easy.

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  • TS -77

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Great choice! Congratulations Collo!!

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  • BiggMarketBoy

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #5

    It’s also on the official site now…

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  • Miserable Now

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #6

    @ 2-

    there were only two candidates really and there’s not much between them.
    I suppose there’s a question mark over whether Saylor would displace Williamson when he’s fit.
    Saylor seems to be getting back to that early promise after a lull- he’s the next John Terry apparently, so keep him away from you wife!

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  • TS -77

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #7

    Or should I say: Una gran oportunidad! Felicidades Collo

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  • sammydolan

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #8

    What the same Saylor that threw his toys of the pram & tried to get a move to Everton….

    Great appointment.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Miserable Now

    Jonas can’t sign a contract he hasn’t been offered! 😛

    Colo is a good choice, but a strange one. He’s on 75k a week, and is 30 (ish?). How long is left on his contract? Surely he will be moved on soon :/

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #10

    I think Saylor will be captain one day. But he’s not mature enough at the moment. Wait until he’s shown the commitment to the club that other players did first.

    I guess the way Colo plays is also a factor here. He’s a ball playing defender, doesn’t hoof it up the pitch, does like to wander forward. It’s how Pardew wants us to play right?

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  • TS -77

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Or maybe we should put in french:

    Excellent choix! Félicitations Collo!

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  • Miserable Now

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #12

    @ 9- ToonDownSouth

    Good point well made.

    I just hope any contract offered to Jose doesn’t contain a £1m release fee!

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  • Nick 69

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #13

    well at least this should put to bed any specualtion of him leaving I guess. Good choice

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  • premier

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #14

    Can he speak French as good as his English–lol

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  • Eastander

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #15

    a lot of reports that a 6’3 black player seen at st james’ with agent yesterday, reports linking us to Khouma Babacar (18year old 6’3 no 9 for fiorentina) who we happen to have just arranged a friendly with… hmm

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  • Lachu

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #16

    Great choice , great player , great fitness , and played alongside some absolute legends like Paolo Maldini

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  • Miserable Now

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #17

    @13-

    that thought crossed my mind- but then you would think a local lad being given a bumper contract and the No.9 shirt would’ve hung around a bit longer as well.

    Am sure Ashley would like that weekly wage knocked off the balance sheet, so you never know.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #18

    Haha. The level of faith in the hierarchy is so unbelievably low, that it’s a genuine concern!

    I imagine if he was somehow convinced to sign up, that it would contain a release clause for CL teams.

    Also, I do really like Jonas. People talk about a lack of goals and assists, but that’s not all that matters. Modric only got a couple of goals and 6 assists last season, and he’s incredible. Plus Jonas isn’t actually left footed!

    I just hope we’re willing to let Jonas’ contract run down, rather than be greedy and take the 2/3m that we can get like we did with Nolan 🙁

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  • tiotal football

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #19

    instead put in one of these you can talk to any other clubs but can’t actually sign for them clauses?

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  • jayphoto

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #20

    to be honest this was a bit of a no brainer! Really, the only candidates for it were harper (might not even play), s.taylor (again, not nailed on for starting 11) Joey Barton (might be gone by sept) and tiote (maybe a little too quiet on the pitch). Collo is the only nailed to start when fit candidate! hope that means we’ve got him for at least another season! he’s got 2 years on his deal but heard he’s really settled into the city!

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  • Klatoon

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #21

    Cant remember the last time Colo missed a game injured,always fit and one of the players who are assured of a start next season. Also he seems to be well liked by the lads. Good choice by Alain Pardeaux

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  • Cheick and Bake

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #22

    not a bad choice

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  • geoff777

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #23

    Ba & Babacar – got to be some good chants there.

    Sign him up.

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  • joppadoni

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #24

    great news, im very pleased for him. model professional, argie international ( will be again i suspect ) an ever present and seems a nice chap. my only reservation is he comes across as quiet…

    although his hair , ofc, speaks massive volumes

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #25

    Eastander

    babacar ‘s a beast, hope it’s true

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  • shearer 9

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #26

    babacar is way too good for us lol

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #27

    pardew said still after a few younger players so babacar or sanago fit that bill

    on nzogbia i still dont think were after him, id rather get menez n hes cheaper

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  • Agree 100% with Bobby Moncur, good choice and assume he’s staying at the club for atleast this season!

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #29

    imaging if we signed sanago n babacar now that wud b 2 quality young signings both 6,3 strikers

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  • geoff777

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #30

    @shearer 9

    Sign of the times that you would think that.

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  • barryvenison

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #31

    So glad we have apparently sold Routledge for 2 million. We should now be able to use the funds earned to have the water turned back on at St.James’ and our groundskeeper mow our pitch twice as often. All reinvested into the club. Brilliant news.

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  • Eastander

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #32

    and didnt people say we were after a striker from italy, fiorentina fit into that and that 3 players were in a hotel, one of which spoke french, babacar is from senagal, where they speak french…

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #33

    transfer rumours – khouma babacar all but signed according to his agent love that site

    on defoe to scum can see this one happening as spurs want gyan swap deal

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #34

    eastender makes sense like hes young n spks french plus friendly with fiorentina cud of been part of the deal

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  • tiotal football

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #35

    it’s already on wikipedia about Pardew’s interest:

    Babacar is strongly linked with a move to English Premier League side Newcastle United after impressing manager Alan Pardew.

    Also, he’s from senegal so that would fit the whole frnech speaking rumour in the hotel.

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  • geoff777

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #36

    @Eastander

    … and his Wikipage says Pardew likes him …

    but how tall is Carlton Cole?

    & can Emile Heskey speak French?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #37

    Shearer 9

    shut up !!!

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  • tiotal football

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #38

    his goal scoring record isn’t exactly the best though, 1 goal in 22 league appearances.

    yeah he is 18 but not exactly setting serie on fire is he

    still sign him up!

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  • geoff777

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #39

    God, this is exciting.

    I was going to walk my donkeys and have a glass of sangria, but I think I’ll stay in and refresh Ed’s blog every 30 seconds instead. 😉

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  • shearer 9

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #40

    just saying this guy is meant to b the next best thing go why would teams like Chelsea b after him ?

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