Fabricio Coloccini played in the European Champions League when he was at Villarreal, on loan from Milan, in the 2003-2004 season.
Fab Coloccini – more interested in building up Newcastle squad
But surprisingly Colo is not keen for Newcastle to get back there too soon, and of course the last time Newcastle United took part in Europe’s top competition was back in the 2003-2004 season under Sir Bobby Robson.
Coloccini would rather Newcastle keep building up the squad as the club have done so successfully over the last couple of seasons.
This is what the Newcastle captain said today:
“I don’t know about Europe next year. It is too early to talk about Europe – we need to keep going and keep working and then we will see,”
“First of all we have to build the foundations at this club.” “I would prefer to leave the Europa League for the year after next – not next year.”
“I think we need to build a good team, a good squad – that is the biggest priority for us.” “If we qualify but we do not have the right squad, it could be one year in Europe and then back to where we were before.”
“If we do it right then we could qualify every year.” “I would like us to enjoy every season – not just have one season, and then players leave the club.”
That’s a good attitude by Colo and he’s right of course, the main thing is to keep keep building up the squad, the facilities and last but not least, the Newcastle Academy.
That’s exactly what Newcastle have been doing under manager Alan Pardew, and it now seems that Alan can indeed be the man to take Newcastle back into Europe, at some level.
But whether we can ever get back to finish in the top four, as we did twice under Sir Bobby, is another question.
But we’ll not look too far ahead, and of course the most important thing right now is for our players to return from International duty uninjured, and then prepare for the visit of Tottenham Hotspur a week tomorrow.
All that matters right now is that Newcastle somehow win that game, and that will give us 18 points from the first 8 league games.
Howay The Lads!!