Newcastle manager Alan Pardew wants to get two of his players signed up on new contracts at Newcastle.
Coloccini and Guthrie yesterday after Danny scored
After the shock of yestreday’s second half performance at Fulham, Alan Pardew is hoping to tie down both his captain Fabricio Coloccini and Danny Guthrie to new contracts, and the sooner the better.
Danny scored a wonderful goal yesterday that seemed to be the Newcastle breakthrough we needed just before half time, but it will not be talked about too much, as Newcastle managed to let in 5 goals in the second half.
And that’s how many goals Fulham had scored in their previous six league games – that’s how bad it was yesterday in that second half for the Magpies, who simply fell apart.
Danny Guthrie has been little short of a a revelation for Newcastle this season when standing in for Cheick Tiote in central midfield, and Coloccini has again been a dominant player for Newcastle this season and of course is now the captain.
This is what Pardew said about the two players:
“I think Guthrie’s started six games and we’ve won five. Started, that is. He can’t do any better than that, can he?”
“I do like him but he’s a bit of an introvert. He doesn’t say too much, he goes about his business in a quiet way.”
“Danny has impressed me this season. He has been outstanding when given his chance.” “I haven’t had a chat with him about a new contract but it will happen shortly.”
“When Tiote went out of the team injured and Danny came in, it was seamless.” “His passing is fantastic. He makes a big statement on the pitch. He just fits into how I play.”
“These negotiations are going to be difficult for him. But he’s in a good place and he needs to remember the grass isn’t always greener.”
“And high on my list is a new contract for Coloccini. I would like to get his future at the club sorted out.”
“He has been outstanding and justified my decision to give him the armband. He is a huge player for us.”
And news today that Alan Pardew did not meet with Guthrie’s agent as he was planning to do last week, but hopes to do that in the next week or so, when the squad returns from Tenerife.
News yesterday that Newcastle may be willing to wait for West Ham’s James Tomkins and try to get him through the door in the summer, but that means they will need to sign a center-back in the next 9 days as cover in case either Coloccini or Williamson get injured.
And Newcastle were due to jet off to Tenerife after the game yesterday and will stay there next week, as they prepare for their FA Cup 4th round tie at Brighton & Hove Albion next Saturday.
It’s also meant to be a team building excursion, and they’ll need that after what happened in yesterday’s game.
We have to hope the second half was simply an aberration – and nothing more serious than that about the Newcastle side.
We hope it was simply a bad day at the office.