Pardew – No Hesitation In Appointing Coloccini Captain

Manager Alan Pardew has told the Newcastle United web-site today, that he had no hesitation in choosing Fab Coloccini as the new Newcastle  captain.

Fab Coloccini – honored to be new captain

Fabricio  arrived from Deportivo in August of 2008, for over £10M, and he had a tough first season at Newcastle, when the side was surprisingly relegated.

But Fabricio stayed on at Newcastle, and over the last two seasons he’s been one of Newcastle’s best players at the club, and he is a huge fan favorite on Tyneside.

Fabricio captained the side last summer in a pre-season friendly at Deportivo, and was also the stand-in captain for Kevin Nolan in the home game against Wigan last October.

This is what the Argentine International  told the Newcastle web-site this morning:

“I am thrilled to be named captain of Newcastle United. It is one of the proudest moments of my career,”

“Leading the team out in front of our supporters in our first game against Arsenal will be a great honor for me and I aim to give my best for the team and the supporters throughout the season.

“I would also like to than Alan Pardew for putting his faith in me. It means so much to me.”

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew seemed to have no hesitation at all in the appointment, which is why he announced it so early:

“I had no hesitation in choosing Fabricio to be my captain next season.

“He will lead the team in a different manner to Kevin but his professionalism, attitude, application and fantastic character made him the standout candidate.”

“And, in my mind, the 100 per cent right decision.”

Coloccini has played 115 times for Newcastle with four goals, and he is hardly ever injured, which is good when you are the captain of the side.

And it seems the Newcastle fans like the decision made by Pardew with 93% of almost 1000 voters in our poll so far saying Coloccini is a good choice for captain.

We think Coloccini will do just fine as captain, although he will lead the team in a different way than Kevin Nolan did, as Alan pointed out.

It’s also good to make the appointment so early, so  the lads can all support Coloccini, as he tries to keep the great team spirit in the side, that we have seen since the team was relegated a short two years ago.

We think it’s a great appointment by Alan Pardew.


Comments welcome.

29 comments so far

  • StuW

    Jul 8, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Agree with that. Deserved appointment, a player who has proven himself consistently. Was marvelous in the games against ManUre and co

  • StuW

    Jul 8, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #2

    And I stopped the ‘1st Brigade’

  • Not a big fan of leading from defence. But Fab is a class player. Hope he does well.

  • brobrotwins

    Jul 8, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #4

    Anyone heard barca say they never interested in jose seems he might be sighnin on afterall only arsenal left and doubt they match our wages for him atm

  • barryvenison

    Jul 8, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Smart move by Ashley because by making him captain you add an extra million to his resale value. Next summer he’ll have 1 year left on his contract and Ashley will make a tidy profit which he can reinvest into sports direct.

  • ardenTOON

    Jul 8, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Good move by pards given he commands a place in the team and is rarely injured and is someone who’ll be respected by the new boys given his pedigree…

  • BiggMarketBoy

    Jul 8, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Barry – change the record, it’s becoming a bit boring now… besides, if he owns 100% of NUFC but only some 70% of Sports Direct – where would he rather put the money?

  • ardenTOON

    Jul 8, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #8

    seems like our neighbours have given up on foreign players given the failure of their imports

  • OttersPocket

    Jul 8, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #9



  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    Jul 8, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Good choice, might even convince jose to stay. Cant break up the 3 amigos.

  • nightfa11

    Jul 8, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #11

    great appointment…god lock colo.. & as for those who want barton to be our captain.. like to see u having an employee who complains on tweeter every 5 hours.. i really dont get some of you..

  • barryvenison

    Jul 8, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #12

    @biggmarketboy- Judging by his recent spending I’d say SportsDirect and while the subject bores you im just pointing out what it looks like from the outside. He has 2 years remaining on his contract so if Ashley wants to keep him now is the time to offer a new contract otherwise we end up in the same situation as Enrique and Barton are now. Collocini is currently 29 years old so chances are Ashley will want to sell him next summer, not to mention he’s on pretty high wages for us. Or do you think Ashley will offer a good contract to 30 year old Coloccini next summer??? Previous action certainly doesnt point to that.

  • GeordieRob

    Jul 8, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #13

    Ben Arfa is 24 so in 6 years time Ashley will want to cash in on that one too. Tiote will be gone in 5 years time too. I reckon Fergie will be gone in 10 years.

  • geoff777

    Jul 8, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #14


    Colo’s wages make it unlikely he’ll be bought at any time.

    I guess he’ll either be offered a new deal at lower wages or run down his current contract.

    I believe Ashley keeps all his different businesses separate.

    Having said that it would be interesting to find out how he pays NUFC for all the Sports Direct advertising.

    Plus if you buy a NUFC shirt from Sports Direct it therefore doesn’t go into the club’s revenue stream?

  • BiggMarketBoy

    Jul 8, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Barry – I agree that we’ve got every reason to doubt MA and his tactics – he does have a tendency to sell our captains, too… But that’s for next summer I guess?

    Now what bores me is the stating of false facts – i.e. that he would be taking money out of NUFC… I’m not an accountant, but this is something that he’s never done… at least yet.

  • lesh

    Jul 8, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #16


    Plus if you buy a NUFC shirt from Sports Direct it therefore doesn’t go into the club’s revenue stream?

    Assuming Sports Direct buy the strips from NUFC, then the cost price paid will.

  • lesh

    Jul 8, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #17

    BiggMarketBoy… all MA can take out of the club is his salary (if any), the money he’s owed and perhaps a shareholder dividend.

    In any event, you’ll see it in the club’s accounts

  • peterk3

    Jul 8, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #18

    Why all the negativity. Do you get off on it. Wait and see what happens in the future, then when you have hard facts, then comment.
    Look forward with optimism not gloom and doom.

  • thepict

    Jul 8, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #19

    Glad to see Fab has been appointed our Captain. Good appointment.

  • lewman

    Jul 8, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #20

    our top earner is captain, kind of reminds me of when shearer was our captain exept collo is on about 50k less a week, probably worth about 50k less a week but that doesnt make him in any way a bad player.

    i reckon collo will get a 2 year extension with a rolling contract afterwards come next summer and i reckon he will be more than happy to take a 10k reduction in wages as 65k is still alot to get a week and he has said before that his kids speak geordie and his family is very happy in the area.

  • Basogeordie

    Jul 8, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #21

    Spot on appointment the only choice for me, experienced, mature and a cracking player.

    Will make a great leader and should stop the speculation about him leaving this summer.

  • ronaldeano

    Jul 8, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #23

    Football shirts united….. RAM YOIR SHIRTS UP YOUR ARSE… dikhead

  • ronaldeano

    Jul 8, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #24


  • max

    Jul 8, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #25

    i thought taylor would be our new captain. but whoever the captain i will always support newcastle

  • jimiley

    Jul 8, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #26

    Mike Ashley has put this club on a sound financial footing and is selling the players on big salaries. It makes sense to me. We have made some great signings over the summer and I cannot wait for the season to start. I reckon we will bring in one more player and that should guarantee us a top 10 place. Mike has used all the cash from the Carroll sale very wisely but there cannot be much left after paying wages etc. We just need to be patient and I think within 10 or 15 years Mike will lead us to the promised land of a trophy.

  • cornishman

    Jul 8, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #27

    Great appointment and well deserved in my opinion. If we can pick up a couple at the back to strengthen things up and add cover assuming Jose goes it would be good. As a lot have posted a proven goal scorer would be great, but i,m not seeing one becoming available and if there was a 20 goals a season striker available i doubt we would have the clout to get him. I,d love to see Sturridge or the Zog but who knows. I have to say there is an air of excitement with the squad…. flair dare i say…. role on kick off.

  • Aussiedave

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #28

    Good Appointment, make Joey VC. Now the first thing we need from Colo as captain is to convince Jose to stay.

  • Sav

    Jul 9, 2011 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #29

    No hesitation? You must be joking, Pards.
    First you said you were going to wait and see and consider options, and then you had to go and see FatAsh and make sure he wasn’t intending to flog your new captain tomorrow.


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