Fabricio Coloccini committed to staying at Newcastle until the summer of 2016 last Saturday.
Fab Coloccini – Newcastle can go places
The Newcastle captain has a dream of leading Newcastle into the European Champions League, and that’s even possible in the next few years if Newcastle can maintain their rapid improvement over the last couple of seasons.
Newcastle will go up against Arsenal at the Emirates on Monday night in a game that will be tough, and it would be a good result if Newcastle can take anything at all out of this game.
Coloccini now wants the lads to keep pushing for that European qualification this season, and if we can finish in 6th place in the Premier League, it’s possible Newcastle could get into the Europa League for next season.
And that’s a far cry from where Newcastle found themselves a short 30 months ago, in the summer of 2009 following relegation to the Championship.
So this season there’ still everything to play for, and this is what the Newcastle captain had to say today:
“There’s still so much to play for.” “I have good team-mates around me, and you look at how well we are doing. We can go places.”
“Everything is in place here. We’re going in the right direction.” “I knew things would be OK,” he said. “It’s normal that it can take so long, sometimes it takes time.”
“The deal is a long time to stay here.” “There were a lot of good things that made me sign the deal.” “I love the city, and so do my family. It means everything is good.”
“I have family, and I have to talk to them about it.” “I like being captain, it’s a really good honor.” “I hope that we can finish in a good position this season which would make it an even better year.”
Newcastle lost Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton last year, yet we have a better team this season than we had with those players in the side last season.
It’s also helped Newcastle’s wage bill, and the club are expected to announce healthy financial results for the financial year through June of last year – sometime today.
Newcastle are in a very good space both financially and on the playing field right now, and it’s been an astonishing comeback for the Newcastle club over these last two and a half years since Chris Hughton took over as manager in the summer of 2009.
That followed our relegation from the Premier League, and when you think where the club has come since we were relegated, it truly is astonishing.
The two managers since then – Chris Hughton and Alan Pardew have done just great for the club, and we have to hope it can continue …..
Howay The Lads!!