Lat night, in a rather lengthy interview Newcastle manager Alan Pardew gave to the London Evening Standard he talked about his influential captain Fabricio Coloccini.
Bobby Moore holds the Jules Rimet Trophy aloft in 1966
That’s hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst partially shown
Fab has done a great job on the field of play for Newcastle this season, with his top performances and also with his strong if quiet leadership.
And it’s obvious that Alan is a great admirer of the Argentine, whom he named as Newcastle captain last July, after Kevin Nolan had left the club for pastures anew at West Ham.
This is what Pardew said about his captain last night:
“He is our most influential player. A classy footballer, he brings calmness, a winning mentality and a sense of order to all proceedings. He reads the game well,”
“You can’t coach it. He might see that my left-back is in big trouble with a wide player and he’ll move closer to that area. He’ll look to read situations before they evolve.”
“Bobby Moore was probably the greatest at it but Coloccini does that for us brilliantly. Before it happens he’s extinguished it.”
Fabricio does read the game very well and anticipates the play, much like Bobby Moore did for both England and West Ham.
One thing we really liked about former England captain Bobby Moore is that the more important the game was, the better he played, and he was huge for England in the 1966 World Cup team.
That’s not what we have seen from our English players over the last several years, where the more important the game is, the more our top players are likely to freeze in fear.
A good example of that was in the last World Cup in 2010 in South Africa – and we are hoping for a much better display from the England team in Euro 2012 in Poland and the Ukraine this summer under new manager Roy Hodgson.
Bobby Moore may have been even better in the World Cup following our first and only win in 1966, and that competition was held in Mexico in 1970.
Bobby was majestic at the back for England in that World Cup, that ended when we were beaten by Germany in the quarter finals after we had been 2-0 up after 70 minutes.
But we didn’t have the great Gordon Banks in goal in that game, as he had gone down with a stomach virus, after reportedly drinking a dodgy bottle of lager.
But Alan Pardew gives a good comparison of how Fabricio Coloccini captains the Newcastle side, with the way the calm and majestic Bobby Moore captained England in their heyday under Alf Ramsey.
Hey, maybe Newcastle are coming into their heyday under Colo?
We certainly hope so.