Pardew Thanks Senior Players – Coloccini Moving?

Alan Pardew has been forced to rebuild the Newcastle side more than he would have liked this summer.

Fabricio Coloccini – moving to Valencia?

in January Pardew wanted Mike Ashley to ensure he keeps the top players at Newcastle, and they were identified as Andy Carroll, Jose Enrique, Joey Barton, Cheick Tiote and Kevin Nolan, but of those only Cheick Tiote has since signed a long term deal, and Carroll, Nolan and Enrique have all left for other clubs.

But it seems that Joey Barton may be staying, at least to see out his contract over the next year.

Alan has said he has had the help of some of Newcastle’s senior players in recent months, as he tries to rebuild the side and he had this to say today:

“At West Ham it was very similar.”

“We had been relegated and I had senior players whose focus wasn’t on the job in hand. I lost a lot of senior players and one or two were disruptive.”

“This time it has been slightly different.” “The senior players have been very good, and they have helped me through the process of bringing in these new players and helping me to integrate them into the group.”

“Alan Smith, Harps, Colo – they have been important.” “You can’t have a really good side without that guidance.”

“Even Man United, when they rebuilt that side with the younger ones like Scholes, etc still had the older players around them to help. You have to have that.”

“The most important thing about building a side is you need to get the balance right.” “I think which has been lost a little bit is the new ones who have come in give us that balance.”

“Demba Ba gives us a dual role. He can play at the top of the pitch or he can link the play.” “Yohan Cabaye can play in Cheick’s position, he can play a bit deeper or play closer to the front.”

“You will find we have signed a very good player there. We have the makings there of a good side.”

There’s no doubt that Newcastle have so far signed five very skillful players, and more are on the way.

Finally, there is a rather scary report that Coloccini will be sold soon to Valencia, but it seems an isolated report, and not too many sites are picking up that news.

Wonder if some in the gossip press are making up this story on Valencia after Coloccini, to destabilize the Tyneside club?

It would be ludicrous if Newcastle sold their new captain before September – absolutely ludicrous – I hope I have made that clear.


And if we were to hazard a guess as to whether this story had any truth in it, we would say absolutely not.

Comments welcome.

38 comments so far

  • wingspan

    Aug 13, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #1

    No chance

  • barryvenison

    Aug 13, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Would Collocini being sold really be that big of a surprise? Daft as it would be its almost expected with this lot in charge. Regardless I’m buzzing for the match today, just hope our LB situation doesn’t harm us too much.

  • Klatoon

    Aug 13, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #3

    Captain Colo’s goin nowhere

  • Geordie-Jake

    Aug 13, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #4

    alan smiyth important HA

  • geoff777

    Aug 13, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #5

    Not nuch in Spain about this.

    One Spanish rumour site has the story rated as a 9/10 alto credibility rumour, which is worrying.

    Also his price is quoted as 4.5M€

  • Geordie-Jake

    Aug 13, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #6


  • Dannyo

    Aug 13, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #7

    This is all twitter rumours, i’ve followed them quite late last night and early this morning.
    An ITALIAN paper said Collo was on his way to Valencia, but there was no quotes in the paper or anything. And the paper was Italian, nothing in Spanish press about it.
    Also, some were saying this morning that Valencia moving for Collo was “not going to happen”. And they were saying it was quoted from Valencias manager.

    So two things could’ve happened:
    1. They went for Collo but were told a big fat NO.
    2. They never went for him to begin with.

  • Irie-Magpie

    Aug 13, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Ed, first up, I love the blog, and know you have to keep the articles flowing but this story is what it is a zoo without any animals.

  • Dannyo

    Aug 13, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #9


    It’s hard to tell mate. But having Collo going in the same window as Enrique, Nolan and possibly Barton, is a death sentence for MA.
    Yes we could replace him i think, but i doubt it would have any good effect on the team.
    THEN you could start talking crisis, and MAs death threats would rise by 500%.
    It will not happen, atleast not this year or in January.

  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 13, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #10

    Colo wont go!!!

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Aug 13, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #11

    i dont think Valencia will pay the wages of Collocini

  • If colo goes. M gona fk M.A’s happiness

  • thai-mag

    Aug 13, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #13

    we will have colo till august 31 then he will be gone along with jonas

  • northernracoon

    Aug 13, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #14

    collo wont be going anywhere, anyway, im back to work today down south after 2 weeks with family in newcastle, and on my shift i have with me an arsenal fan who is defiant that we are guna beat them today 🙂 3-1 to the toon !!

  • Klatoon

    Aug 13, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #15

    Any1 else feel Cabaye-Tiote-Barton will dominate Ramsey-Song-Rosicky?

  • northernracoon

    Aug 13, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #16

    @15, i think our midfield will be to strong for them , whats peoples thoughts on team lineups ?

  • toon-crazy

    Aug 13, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #17

    ED!!!!christ u give me a fright , just news bullshit ,


  • wynsleap

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #19

    Selling Coloccini would make NO sense – football wise or financial wise. He is our best performer who is hardly ever out injured, ambassador for the club and our captain.
    ANYBODY who could justify or accept that decision, whether club official or fan, should be sectioned immediately.

  • geoff777

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #20

    All the rumours in Spain are coming from the Italian website.
    The Italian site sounds confident it’s a done deal.
    How they’ve got better contacts than the Spanish or English press I don’t know.

    Let’s hope they just made it up … but it is strange that an Italian site would make up a rumour about an Argentinian moving from Newcastle to Valencia.

  • We wont win today :-(, i dnt think our squad is good enough. Hope m wrong

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #22

    northern racoon

    Defiant or definite?

  • dave 1961

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #23

    how many times do I have to say it Valencia are £500m in debt the only way he’s going is if we give Collocini a free and pay his wages. Spanish football is in as much debt as the premier is and they don’t get the revenue’s that we get as all the TV money goes two the two biggest clubs and the rest fight for the scraps, if it wasn’t for the amount of debt owed in taxes some clubs would collapse like a pack of cards, some Spanish clubs have not paid there tax bills since the 90’s.

  • DanTheMag

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #24

    Just been on the phone to a friend, and he is very confident that Ferguson is fit to play, how right he is I dont know, but i sure hope he is!

  • scdoty

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #25

    Its finally here. Thank god, yes. Lets get this season started.


  • northernracoon

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #26

    sorry definate

  • NathanH NUFC

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #27

    Klatoon, Tiote will dominate all 3 of them on his own 😉

  • SuperShearer

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #28

    Guys what’s the league name and code for this blog’s metro fantasy football league?

  • Andreas1

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #29

    Klatoon – when HBA is fit him an tiote will dominate the league 😉

  • Lee Dodd

    Aug 13, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #31

    When we have some good News there is always some Clever Dick comes in and say Yea were signing Pieters but ??? Coloccini of to Valencia what a load of crap – Shite stiring Newspaper talk from london Again !!! Pieters in & a New Striker this week aswell and were Cooking on Gas !!!! Keep Everyone fit and Pardew has the Tools to Do a Good Job This Season !!!

  • paulathyem

    Aug 13, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #32

    Would be gutted to lose Colo, don’t really see it happening, you never know with Newcastle though!!

  • shamsoftabriz

    Aug 13, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #33

    I found some more Colo to Valencia rumors that surfaced back in February, but they seem media-produced, not legitimate. I’m going to put the following thought that just emerged from my brain in quotation marks: “Besides, there’s just no way Ashley would sell his captain…”

  • Vinicinhos

    Aug 13, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #34

    Colo won’t go, ’cause now his is our captain, it doesn’t make sense he go out Newcastle.Valencia doesn’t have so much money to sign.

  • Vinicinhos

    Aug 13, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #35

    Smith is only important outside the pitch, ’cause inside there…

  • max

    Aug 13, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #36

    he dont want to leave

  • Herman89

    Aug 13, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #37

    We buy Colo for over 10 mil and rumours are its 4.5mil? really… really i cant see this happening but….. this is Fat Ash so who knows.

    On Pieters really hope we get him

  • magpiedave

    Aug 14, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #38

    It is amazing really we have got one off our books (Enrique) so now the press turn to another player to try to unstabalize not just the players but the supporters also. What is worth noting is that these rumours all come from papers that have absolutely no access to the club, their stories are made up of hearing a rumour frfrom an aunt who once crossed the road when one of our players stopped at the zebra crossing and he did not smile at her so must be unhappy at the club. You cannot believe any source until MK; DL or AP stand in front of a TV camera and say we have signe dthis player or sold that one. Tell a lie often enough and you begin to believe it.

    I see the pundits on Sunday Supplement lead on JB’s handbag scrap yesterday, saying he should ahve also seen a red card of cours the stamp on Joey’s leg missed by all but the TV camera’s was played down. JB’s right had it been him doing the stamping they would have been yelling for a 10 match ban.


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