One of the things that Newcastle just love about their captain Fabricio Coloccini, is that he’s been so loyal to Newcastle, in his almost four years at the club.
Coloccini – Newcastle captain – so loyal to the club
Colo and his Argentine colleague Jonas Gutierrez elected to stay on Tyneside, when the club were relegated in May of 2009, while other players couldn’t get out of the door quickly enough.
Players like Michael Owen, Damien Duff, Mark Viduka, Seb Bassong, Habib Beye, Oba Martins and the like didn’t want to stay on Tyneside, and they moved to other clubs. We should point out that Owen and Viduka’s contract ran out in June of 2009.
None of those players have been successful since leaving Newcastle.
Habib Beye is now at Doncaster, having moved there when he couldn’t get a game at Aston Villa, and Doncaster Rovers have just been relegated to the English 3rd division.
Michael Owen seems happy to do nothing at Manchester United, other than pick up his wages, and the now 32 year-old is simply wasting his talents by not playing football, and he doesn’t have much time left in his career, which was awesome when he was younger.
Seb Bassong and Oba Martins are going nowhere currently in their careers at Tottenham and Rubin Kazan respectively.
We bet the lot of them would love to be back at Newcastle these days, but they didn’t help Newcastle in the three seasons in which the Tyneside club have made a phenomenal come-back to the big time.
I don’t want to be too hard on the players who left Newcastle three years ago, but unlike other clubs they could have earned the same money in the English second division, that they earned in the Premier League.
But it’s now history what happened, and it seems fitting that players like Colo and Gutierrez, and some others like Tim Krul and Ryan Taylor, have just signed new deals at Newcastle, and that Colo has been selected in the PFA Team of the Year and he is now the Newcastle captain.
It’s fitting that the players who stayed on Tyneside when we were relegated, now get to enjoy the success that seems now to be just around the corner for Newcastle, starting with European competition next season.
And it’s not just a coincidence that the team spirit now is better than it’s ever been in living memory – and that’s a long time for folks like me. 😀
Things seem to work out for those who remain loyal – especially if it’s to a great club like Newcastle United.
Howay The Lads!