There’s a good story today in the Sunday Sun of how Fabricio Coloccini’s father reminded him that money isn’t everything in life – or in football either.
Fabricio Coloccini – Newcastle captain got advice from Dad
That may be hard for some people to take in, since the Premier League has become a huge global business over these last several years.
Coloccini had been negotiating his new contract for six months before Alan Pardew announced just over a week ago that Coloccini and Tim Krul had both signed new long term deals to stay at the club.
And during the week it was also announced that Ryan Taylor had earned a new two year extension to his current deal, which will keep him at the club through the summer of 2015.
But it turns out that his father’s comments cause the Argentine to think of everything he had on Tyneside.
A manager in Alan Pardew that he likes and respects, a board that seem to be learning from past mistakes and the club now seem to be making rapid progress on many different fronts.
A good squad of players which will only improve this summer, and last but not least – adoring Newcastle fans.
This is how Coloccini explained things today in the Sunday Sun:
“The most important thing was the city, the fans, the club,” “But one moment was special. My father Osvaldo came over two months ago. When we walked down the street or in the MetroCentre, the people would say, ‘Oh, Colo, you have to stay.”
“We need you, we love you.’ “My father doesn’t speak really good English, but he understood that and he said, ‘Colo, you have to stay. The people love you, the city is nice, the club want you.’
“Sometimes it is not about the money you are paid, it is about the love of the people.” “It’s really important to have stability. I think the club has grown up now and they are starting to do things well.” “The club has got better in my time here.”
“I remember when I came, in the first year, we had a lot of problems and a lot of managers and too many changes.” “Now I think it is more stable. A lot of players have had many years here and it’s important for the team to grow up.”
“It’s good for team spirit and, of course, for the fans because you have five or six players who are the nucleus.”
Good words from Fabricio – but even better words from Coloccini’s Dad – Osvaldo.
There’s a very good lesson in life there somewhere. 😀