Reserves End Tour With Defeat – Valencia After Coloccini

The Newcastle Reserve side played their third and final game in Holland, but were beaten 3-2 by Almere City this afternoon.

Newcastle Development coaches look on this afternoon

But manager Pretor Beardsley seemed happy enough, and the lads will now travel back to Newcastle,  after having spent 7 days on what turned out to be a good trip for the young  Development squad.

The Reserves created a multitude of chances this afternoon, and should really have won easily, but it was not to be.

Beardsley was philosophical after the game:

“We played some good stuff and there must have been four or five scrambles in their box. On another day with a bit of luck, who knows,”

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, that at our level it’s not all about results, and certainly pre-season is all about getting ready for the first game, which is the 23rd for us. I’m delighted with everybody.”

“I’ve got no complaints,” “The effort was there, and maybe with a bit more thought we would have got something.”

“But when you look at it, three of the back four had basically never played there before they came on this trip.”

“So it was frustrating in that sense, but the tour has been really positive and hopefully in the long term it will benefit everyone.”

Peter had to play a number of players out of position this afternoon, what with injuries and other players being unavailable.

Fabricio Coloccini – new Newcastle captain – on his way?

And there was news some weeks ago that Sevilla were interested in new Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini, but today there’s news that Valencia may also be interested in the Argentine International.

The news suggests that Valencia are monitoring the situation and may make a bid, so things will get interesting if they bid what Newcastle think the Argentine is worth, which we understand is around £7K.

The 29-year-old has been at Newcastle for three seasons now,  and is on a five year deal, with wages said to be over £80K/week, so even if a transfer fee was agreed between the two clubs,  it’s hard to believe Valencia could offer Coloccini those type of wages.

Coloccini has no wish to leave Newcastle, and was delighted to be handed the Newcastle captaincy earlier this month, but of course it’s not always the player who gets to decide these things.

Valencia finished third in La Liga last season, and will therefore be in the Champions League next season, which is something that Newcastle fans can only dream about these days.

As we said earlier,  it will be interesting only if Valencia can agree a transfer fee with Newcastle, and with the way things are run at  Newcastle these days, every player has their price it seems.

Even for the newly appointed captain at the club, and when was the last time Newcastle sold their captain twice in one summer?

Comments welcome.

40 comments so far

  • pizzicatochan

    Jul 26, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #1

    Well, basically the squad has the midfield as the backline… how would this ever work as experiment?

  • Norwegian_geordie

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Valencia… Rubbish.. Colo set to stay…

    Stream for tonights match anyone?

    1st?? Would be my first time… ha

  • Norwegian_geordie

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #3


  • pizzicatochan

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #4

    Sorry Norwegian_geordie. By the way, on behalf of almost everyone here, are you alright and are you affected?

  • MacToon

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #5

    lol, we’ll have this about alot of players before the window closes and £7K seems cheap for our captain 😉

    Football on the telle great, Bayern against AC Milan…..ITV4

  • pizzicatochan

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #6

    from last week’s massacre I meant.

  • pizzicatochan

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #7

    or maybe I am the only one who knows nowt. LOL

  • danishmag

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #8

    No one in Norway are okay these days… They have to go day by day.
    Norwegian geordie.. Tro mig, når jeg siger at alle danskere føler sig ligeså hårdt ramt som jer nordmænd.. Personligt græd jeg da det gik op for mig, hvad der var sket.

    Colo is going nowhere!!! Thats pure shite talk

  • pizzicatochan

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #9

    @danishmag, yea I agree with you and ppl would need more time to recover.

    Anyway, glad that we see Norwegian_geordie online!

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #10

    So you think Collo is worth about 7 thousand pounds Ed? Just joking you obviously mean 7 million (I hope) and that sounds low to me but who knows. So far aside from the early signings it hasn’t been a great off-season but I’m hoping for better when we have the squad back together again. Columbus is a fairly good side so not expecting too much in the way of a result tonight. Hoping for a realistic lineup though. I wish they had brought more bodies over. We just aren’t deep enough in quality to field 2 teams and I don’t know how much we have done to improve having 1 side in Europe and the other in North America. Leave that kind of thing to the more wealthy (ie. willing to spend) clubs next off-season Ashley.

  • pizzicatochan

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #11

    @GeordieTwo, when you see the reserved squad line this up as the backline, you know we are lack of bodies: LB: Moyo
    CB: Richardson, Airey
    RB: Perch

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #12

    If fat mike can turn a profit, he WILL be sold!!

  • north east lincs toon

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #13

    More chance colo having a skinhead hairdo!

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #14

    I wouldn’t sell Colo unless we a) had already signed Scott Dann which we won’t. b) got 20 million for him and signed a decent centre back. We are more likely to sell him and not replace him, which would be absolutely nuts. I have a horrible feeling pardew has been told we won’t buy anyone and a loan deal is the best he’ll get which is why we are now being linked with Older players, most likley as loan as a retaliation for the run in lambarse had with a few fans.

  • GeordieToon89

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #15

    ooo itv4 fc bayern vrs ac milan in audi cup lol

  • Norwegian_geordie

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #16

    @pizzicatochan and Danishmag

    Thanks. Most of us are doing allright and are not directly affected. But when you look at the death toll and our small country, the people that were a part or knew people who are affected are many.But… life goes on for the most of us. This has been a huge tragedy for both the people involved and Norway as a country. We’re all humble to see the greetings from all over the world.

    Pardew was even quoted in a newspaper today speaking about the loss of one of norways biggest political talents that also were a huge Newcastle supporter and a writer for the Norwegian Newcastle supporter club.

    Again to Ed and all the people that has been sending messages on this blog and others. We thank you!

  • toonruz

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #17

    this is funny ha ha
    Man Utd Fans to boycott the club if any deal for Joey Barton goes ahead? … #nufc I couldnt help but laugh … 😀

  • toonruz

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #18

    any links for tonights match ??

  • norighttobeafan

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #19

    Here is a loyalty-shaking question to ponder given Enrique’s recent statements about the clubs lack of ambition: If players justifiably leave football clubs due to lack of ambition (reference to ashley’s negative transfer policies), why are fans of these clubs obliged to remain faithful, loyal supporters? It seems cashley has us right where he wants us and uses this fan loyalty against us. He KNOWS nufc has die-hard fans that will remain faithful while he puts profit above club achievements/trophies/ambition. If players can leave clubs why can’t fans? What do you guys think?

    Perhaps I am hitting on a difference between American sports fans and European sports fans. It seems that in America anyone can be a fan of any club irregardless of geography, whereas in Europe (maybe more in the U.K.) fans predominantly support their local team/club.

    Food for though. Cheers!

  • toonie

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #20

    Not sure if there is a stream for tonight but Crew Radio will be broadcasting from
    So thats around 12.15am for pre-match banter.

  • MacToon

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #21

    “Barton doesn’t have the guile or indeed the football brain; his name should not even feature in conversations about replacing Scholes, therefore it is damning if his name is on the manager’s shopping list”

    From Ruz’s link and I voted NO for them to buy him ……. lol

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #22

    Don’t think you will see many true supporters walking away norighttobeafan despite what Ashley does to us. The club and its supporter will remain long after Ashley is pushing up daisies. He wore his welcome out long ago to most of us but he has the money and power to continue to do what he wants with the team FOR THE TIME BEING. Can’t wait to see the back end of him and his fool Llambias.

  • norighttobeafan

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #23

    @Geordie2 ~ great answer. I think most of us embrace your sentiment despite our lack of support for Ashley and all of his lies.

    It is sad that he can use this loyalty for financial gain, yet not reward this loyalty with some ambition. It just seems we will be a relegation-prone club with him at the helm which really depresses me instead of bringing me joy and happiness. I ask myself why am I supporting a team that makes me miserable. lol. Thanks.

  • simonsez

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #24

    just over 2 years ago I wouldnt have been bothered about him being sold, however he has settled into English football in the last 2 years, and proved to be one of our best players.

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #25

    No problem norighttobeafan. I expect to be cheering madly the day I hear that Ashley has sold the club. Surely we deserve an honest, considerate owner with true football ambition next time around. The supporters are just waiting for the sleeping giant to awake!!!

  • GeordieToon89

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #26

    a think we should wack bids in for
    Puncheon – £1million
    Bangura – £3million
    Puncheon proved last year at blackpool he can do a good job in the prem and Bangura is a very promising player who at a cheap price could go on to be a world beater

  • simonsez

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #27

    geordietwo, we need to be careful what we wish for. Im not a particular fan of ashley as a person but he has brought stabilty to the club and some common sense to transfers. I hated shepherd and the fact that we were a laughing stock to everybody else for doing deals such as the boumsong one. If ashley was to walk away we would probably end up with another del boy like shepherd.

  • Special K

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #28

    If a 8m + offer comes in for Collo, then he’s gone. I wish it wasn’t the case but we know it is.

    The signings I’d make would be

    Erding: 7m
    Taylor-Fletcher: 2m
    M’Bengue: 7m

    In the event that Collo was to go I’d put a loan bid in to Sir Alex for one of Smalling / Jones / Evans and guarantee they’ll start as long as their perfromance levels don’t dip.

  • chuck

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #29

    I can imagine Ashley is sorely tempted to sell especially if in fact Colo is on £80k per week, never mind he’s our newly appointed capitano.
    And there’s no way Williamson can replace him, but Perhaps we could get Bassong, hear he is surplus to demands @ Spurs, could pick him up for around £6m.

  • nufc.romania

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #30

    Hey guys, what do you think about Ola John from Twente? Hes young 19 years, quick and skillfull. He can play up in front and on the wings. I think with 3-4 mil we can get him.

  • bri_2k4

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #31

    It wouyld be possibly the worst year as a football club to get rid of colo. Because jose colo barton nolan and big andy all out in 2011 that’s beggeing for us to be religated to league 2 and I never got the chance to say yesterday how deeply upsetting the case of events that happend on friday why do people do things like that

  • davybtoon

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #32

    puncheon is good shout ya ryt he proved last year he can play in the prem
    been thinking if theres no injurys n signings b4 arsenal game i think this team is a pretty strong line up
    gosling staylor colo jose
    marveux cabaye tiote barton jonas

  • FloridaToon

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #33

    With N’zog heading to Villa I would like us go in for Dos Santos. I think 5mil could get him.

  • belfastmagpie87

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #34

    no injuries?? wash your mouth out……. 🙂

  • kingkev9

    Jul 26, 2011 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #35

    Gosling is not a right back, why do people keep putting him there? He is a midfielder!

  • samag

    Jul 26, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #36

    Ed has got me seriously thinking that colo could leave. I wouldnt be surprised that 2 nufc captains leave this year. last minute bid wouldnt deter ashley from a few £.

    But without replacement i foresee another battle to survive. europe is a distant 5 year plan. but knowing our club it could be this season. HTL for being unpredictable yet predictably fighting change!

  • gonz

    Jul 26, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #37

    If our First team in the States is under strengthed and we have to play players out of position and our Reserve team is having to play players out of position, what does this say about the squad? It’s obviously not big enough! And though we will restrengthen with a new striker and possibly a defender we will lose quite a few too!

  • wynsleap

    Jul 26, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #38

    To sell Coloccini is unthinkable.
    The guy is absolute class, a magnificent ambassador for the club and far and away the best player we have.
    I don’t doubt however, for one minute, that a really decent bid wouldn’t bring the greedy sparkle to The Controller’s eyes and a bit of dribble to his lips.
    Should the unthinkable happen I really do have fears for Premiership survival.
    I would like to think that that would be the last straw that broke the camel’s back and that some concerted effort to get Ashley out of this club would be made by sensible supporters.
    Regrettably I can already see the pro-Ashley fans getting their sad, overworked excuses polished to trot out again.

  • shamsoftabriz

    Jul 27, 2011 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #39

    So I guess the quickest way out of Tyneside is to be named Captain and pledge your loyalties. When will our fans get an owner we can trust? What a joke we are.

  • edtheduck

    Jul 27, 2011 at 5:55 AM

    Comment #40

    Firstly credit to the club for organizing the tour, clearly it meant a lot to the staff and players and performances seem to have been good with no issues from non-football activities arising which is a bonus!

    Colo situation gives me concern though. He’s looking sharp but $15M from a Champions League club will turn his head and the clubs and he will be gone. No doubt this will happen 15 minutes before the transfer window shuts leaving us to grab a freebie or do one from a relegated team.

    I’m not as concerned as to who we still might get in but who we might loose before the window shuts!


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