Alan Pardew is trying to get some of his top players signed up on new long term contracts at Newcastle.
Coloccini congratulates defensive partner Steven Taylor
And it’s something Alan was singularly unsuccessful at after he arrived at the club last December, as he wanted to keep Carroll, Nolan, Enrique and Barton, and three of them, the last three, left the club because of contract disputes.
We have seen today that pressure is being put on Danny Simpson to sign his new deal, and Alan would also like his well-liked captain Fabricio Coloccini to sign a new deal, with his current contract, like that of Danny Simpson, running out in just over eighteen months time.
Both Simpson and Coloccini have been offered new five-year contracts by the Newcastle Board, but the Journal is reporting today neither player seems particularly close to signing on the dotted line, and therefore there is some uncertainty surrounding both players.
The 29 year-old Argentine International is to pick up his North East Football Writers Award at Durham’s Ramside Hall Hotel on Sunday night, so let’s hope people there can get with Colo and urge him to sign a new deal – soon.
There’s little doubt that Coloccini has carried himself so very well at Newcastle and that he is becoming a top captain for the side.
And of course he is already almost a folk hero on Tyneside, because of his great performances since Newcastle were relegated in his first season at the club, and we’re not even going to mention his famous hair-do.
This is what Alan Pardew said about the mercurial center-back, who is an influential player for the club:
“I admire him as much as a person as a player and there are not many players I would say that about. He’s a really fantastic person and a fantastic captain.”
” He’s the perfect character to be captain of this club and I hope we get his new contract signed.” “If he does, I know he will be here as captain for the next three or four years because he is very influential in everything I want to do.”
“He represents everything I like. He was the number one choice to be captain.” “There wasn’t really a number two in the running – he was always going to be the captain unless he suffered an injury.”
Coloccini’s representatives are not being rushed into completing the deal, but we have also seen that the current Newcastle Board don’t budge much, after their first offer is on the table.
It’s understood that talks have not broken down, but that Colo’s people only want to ensure it’s the right deal for their player, and of course there’s nothing wrong with that, just as long as some agreement can be reached, and the sooner the better for most Newcastle fans.
It would be more than a tragedy if Coloccini left the club because of contract isses, and it’s even painful to have to mention that.