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.