A very good interview in the Newcastle Journal today with Fab Coloccini, the Newcastle captain.
Coloccini – surprised at how well Newcastle have done
And the Argentine International confesses he was more worried about relegation this season than anything else.
During the summer there were a number of things being written in about possible relegation after Newcastle has lost Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton in the summer, and had already lost Andy Carroll last January.
Since those were four of Newcastle very best players it was logical to wonder if Newcastle would struggle this season.
But Newcastle got off to their joint best ever starts to a season, after being unbeaten after 11 games, with seven wins and four draws and 25 points on the board.
But in the last six games we have picked up only two draws, but hope to arrest the slide on Monday afternoon at Bolton.
Coloccini talked about the season:
“I have been surprised at how well we have done. A little bit but, yes, it has been a surprise,”
“When we first started the season we were thinking ‘Let’s take points quickly’ because we were thinking of relegation and staying clear of the bottom of the table. “
“But then we started to play, we played well and got results and now we look at the other end of the table.”
“I feel I have more of an English mentality now,” “We live here, my family live here, my kids go to school here. Maybe in Spain our dinner was at 10, 10.30pm.”
“Now at 7, 8 in the evening we have to have dinner because the kids are so tired.” “It is a big change in my life – there are no more siestas! I love living in England.”
“I love the English people and the culture too. It is a fantastic country and I am lucky to be in a city I love.”
Coloccini is still negotiating a new contract that will see him stay at the Newcastle club for the next five years – if he signs it.
But the negotiations are ongoing and he had little officially to say about the new contract other than saying “we’ll see what happens”, which is not giving anything away of course.
But with his family being completely integrated into the English way of life, and his wife enrolled in taking some college courses in Newcastle, we have to hope he wants to stay on Tyneside for the rest of his career.
And he can then help Newcastle to become a great team again.