Things Now In Place For Newcastle To Become A Top Top Team


The Newcastle captain Fab Coloccini has given an interview to the local Newcastle Journal.

Alan Pardew and Fabricio Coloccini

We remember when Coloccini was first signed in early August of 2008 from Deportivo, and he said he thought he was good enough to become a top center-back in the Premier League.

And the Argentine has fully achieved that goal, being named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Season,  in what was a surprising and excellent first season with Alan Pardew at the helm.

But Colo has said in his interview with the Journal,  that he always knew that Newcastle were a big club and that’s why he came here in the first place, and the club deserved to be in Europe:

“When I first came, I told people we would play in Europe. The reporters looked at me as if I had said something stupid,” “I wondered why a club of this size couldn’t do it.”

“That is why I signed in the first place – I knew it was a big, big club. The fans and the stadium were in place for us to be one of the top, top teams. Now things are in place for that to happen. It is coming close to being true.” 

 “Europe is very important. We will play alongside the best teams in Europe and for the club to be among them is massive.”  “It is big for us as players but I am so thankful because it will excited the supporters too.”

“They will travel in numbers to wherever we play, we know that. For the city, it puts us on the map. It is a fantastic achievement and I want people to enjoy it.”

When Colo first arrived on Tyneside, the manager changed after a short three weeks when Kevin Keegan left, and the club slumped into a terrible state of disarray, and it was the worst situation the club have been in for years and years.

And my arm has just started to hurt again. 😀

And of course Newcastle were relegated in that season, but Coloccini stayed with Newcastle and had a sterling season in the Championship, and he was one of four Newcastle players named in the PFA Championship Team of the Season in 2010.

The other three were Jose Enrique, Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll, who all left Newcastle last year.

And of course the rest is history, with Newcastle surging back into the big time, but there’s something really good about having the captain be so good and so loyal to Newcastle.

That’s one reason the lads have done so well in their first two seasons back in the Premier League,  and why we finished 5th top and are back in Europe again for next season.

And that’s why Coloccini is a hero on Tyneside.

Long may it continue.

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29 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 19, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Getting his Colgate mixed up with Brasso is too good for Ashley.

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  • OLDGEORDIE

    May 19, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #2

    First wow !!

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 19, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #3

    If someone told me 3 years ago we would be in Europe in 2012. I would have made sure I sent the person for a mental check up.

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  • cyprus

    May 19, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #4

    If Ba does leave, I hope it’s at PSG, not a direct competitor, as sources are reporting.

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  • OLDGEORDIE

    May 19, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #5

    Wonderful season we have had and proud that Fab ha stuck with us. On a personal note Ed, I had “Big C” in 2004 had successful op an dow at age of 73 feel better than ever only problem is seem to drink more. Thinking of you

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  • redondo77

    May 19, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #6

    WWYCD

    In January he was in Africa and he clearly said he didn’t want to discuss any transfers.

    Neil Taylor was persuaded to stay by Swansea, it was his decission.

    What else would release clause mean if the club can reject even when the clause was met by other club?

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  • tarie4

    May 19, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #7

    redondo77

    Are you pulling everyones leg here..
    The manger himself!!! Said Ba’s release clause wasn’t as simple as people think it is!! Full stop… I dnt care what caught offside, the daily mail have to say, about it..

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  • tarie4

    May 19, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #8

    redondo77

    Aye, he did clearly say in Jan that he wasn’t interested in a move…but he also Cleary said on his twitter account that he will basically be a nufc player next season

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 19, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #9

    Regardless and knowing our transfer policy, I think it’s vital that we offload Ba and Tiote this summer. Ba can be replaced by a free agent hoilett and another up coming for about 3million.

    And Tiote 15milloon can fetch us 3 players including wages.

    For our club to to forward we need to cash in on these 2.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 19, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #10

    Even if the release clause is met the player still has to want to go and if he is unhappy here for whatever reason maybe he’s better off somewhere else and tbh this is all paper talk and he’s gearing himself up for another successful season on Tyneside.

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  • cyprus

    May 19, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #11

    A bit old, but still relevant:
    “The clause is thought to be £7 million although that is unconfirmed.

    Newcastle might attempt to renegotiate the terms of the deal Ba agreed with them last summer after he activated the release clause upon relegation with West Ham United, who he only joined last January from German club Hoffenheim.
    There are suggestions that if Ba were to leave for £7 million his contract stipulates that he would receive a large proportion of that fee — thought to be around £2.5?million — leaving Newcastle with £4.5 million for the player who signed on a free transfer but who has been this season’s Premier League sensation, scoring 15 goals.
    Newcastle are refusing to comment on whether or not there is a release clause in BA’s contract and what its terms might be but Telegraph Sport understands that it is lower than the £10?million which was claimed over the weekend.

    Redknapp has also claimed that the figure is lower. Newcastle sources have suggested that Ba can only leave if a club in the Champions League comes in for him but this has been questioned by some of the clubs who are considering making a move.
    Ba signed a three-year deal on Tyneside and is believed to earn a basic £35,000 a week plus £20,000 per first-team appearance. The terms of the deal reflect the player’s medical history and his well-documented knee problem, which scuppered a move to Stoke City before he joined West Ham.
    Ba failed his medical at Stoke — with Tony Pulis famously describing the striker’s knee as a “ticking time-bomb” — and it is highly likely that he did not undergo a medical at Newcastle which helps explain the complicated nature of his contract.
    However, despite his fitness concerns he has full mobility and has been available for the clubs he has played for without problems.
    It is also believed that although Ba joined on a free transfer his agents were paid around £2 million in fees by Newcastle.
    Ba has told the club he will stay for now and the most likely scenario is for Newcastle to offer him a pay rise in return for the removal of the release clause which might enable them to keep the player at the Sports Direct Arena for longer.

    Ba scored what Sir Alex Ferguson described as a “magnificent” opening goal in Newcastle’s stunning 3-0 victory over Manchester United last week.
    Indeed few will argue with the Twitter message posted by Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere in the wake of that game. “Demba Ba best signing of the season!” he wrote and Ba now has 22 goals in 27 starts in the Premier League for West Ham and Newcastle.
    Last week Ba was named the league’s player of the month and United are now one of the club’s on his trail although Spurs are pushing harder for a deal, especially if they can offload Roman Pavlyuchenko.

    Over the weekend Ba gave an interview to the French radio station RMC in which he said it was possible he would join Paris St Germain in the summer.
    “I have always supported PSG and it’s an attractive club,” he said. “But it will be difficult to do that in January. I’m in Newcastle and the fans like me. The transfer market will be closed when I return from the Africa Cup of Nations so I won’t focus on it.”

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  • tarie4

    May 19, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #12

    Why is it, U want Ba out of nufc so badly?? And we won’t get dejong Liverpool are also interested, they are in Europe too, and can offer more wages… So in my point of view, dejomg is unrealistic..he is worth 12-14 mill

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 19, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #13

    ilovetoon,
    In all due respect that is the biggest load of claptrap I have ever seen on this blog and believe me I’ve written half of it.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 19, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #14

    Redondo you need to stop getting all your info of caughtoffside and tribal football mate niel taylor had a £1million activation cluase so we could talk to him but it did nit mean swansea had to sell for £1 mil and was well reported at the time taylor was very keen on the move and didnt refuse us because we were tipped for relegation!

    Also as mentioned by pards over and over his release clause is not that simple full stop and this reported £7mil is also pure speculation i dont know why your so convinced ba will leave because he has a clause i think every player in the league has a release clause

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  • tarie4

    May 19, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #15

    ilovetoon8788

    Why can’t we move forward WITH them in the team?? Tiote is one of the best in the league in his position, Ba is a 15-20 goal a season striker.. And to sell them we would be moving forward?? Smdh.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 19, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #16

    Ilovetoon8788 wtf are you on? Tiote is not replaceable he still young and learning and is the best holding midfielder in the league

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  • cyprus

    May 19, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #17

    LOL @13

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  • WWYCD

    May 19, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #18

    ilovetoon
    That is a utter pile of pony in my eyes

    We dont need to cash in on anyone imo (though I know we will) plus 15mill for Tiote is half what Id be expecting and we will make nothing off Ba if reports are true

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  • tarie4

    May 19, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #19

    Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Last bit made me chuckle 😉

    reading between the lines ilovetoon8788 is either a closet mackem or is Ashley himself 😉

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  • redondo77

    May 19, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #20

    Okay this is in this blog not from caught off side or tribal or any source:
    http://www.nufcblog.com/2012/05/12/pardew-i-want-senegal-striker-to-stay-at-newcastle/

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  • redondo77

    May 19, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #21

    do you think in contract re-negotiation Ba will sign if it’s same wage?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 19, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #22

    Redondo no offence but eds old article has just disproved everything you’ve been saying lad!

    Only confirms that he has a release clause but no specific, no mention of this £7mil AND the club HAVE offered him a new contract

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  • SupaToonKid

    May 19, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #23

    Redondo77 & ilovetoon8788 are you Mackums in disguise or are you just really stupid. Selling Ba & Tiote would send the club backwards; especially if we sell them for £7M & £15M both should not be sold for anything less than £25M but if we are to progress and challenge for the top four we need to build a team around our core quality players e.g. Krul, Collo, Cabaye, Tiote, Ben Arfa, Cisse & Ba.

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  • RonVanDam

    May 19, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #24

    If Ba does leave and if we end up selling Tioti. Im total we shouldnt accept any less than 30m. Every place is replaceable. I.e Nolan and Barton replaced by Ben-afa and cabaye.
    Giourd is valued at 15m by the club. Unlike the 50m the club priced him in Jan.
    Luk de jong would be a good by and we could buy 2 midfield enforcers. Its just a thought

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  • mecannylad

    May 19, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #25

    Selling Tiote for say £18m this summer would be great business. During 2012/13 it is realistic to expect him to be suspended for 6 games, injured for 6 and in the African Cup of Nations for 8…. ie missing 20 games. Thats no good for us … and whos to say he`ll still be a valuable commodity come 2013/14 ? ….likely past his best by then.
    http://www.mecannylad.com

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  • FatmanJoe

    May 19, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #26

    It would be pretty tragic for ba to go as Loven best ranger and hopefully xisco are all going which leaves ameobi and cisse. If we lost ba too that would mean a massive upheaval and I can’t see Ashley bringing in replacements for all of them.

    I go back and forth about tiote. The money would be useful but I like the lad.

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  • Sav

    May 19, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #27

    Who’s writing your headlines, Jamie Redknapp? Top, top? Where do we go from here – top, top, top? Remember your roots, Ed.

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  • mickg108

    May 19, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #28

    Ed,,Sorry to hear about your arm hurting ( Ignorant Fucknut’s,,on here trying to rip the Urine),,I for one fully appreciate your Blog’s ,,especially under your circumstances m8..

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  • mickg108

    May 19, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #29

    Sorry to hear about your arm hurting ED,,hopefully it’s Typers Cramp…

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