We Must Keep Together Again – The Fans, The Team – Everyone

Fabricio Coloccini has attempted today to dampen expectations for next season.

Close-up of Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini

With Newcastle finishing 5th last season and surprising everybody, there is a chance that we may not do as well next season, with the target for last season only being to finish in the top half of the table.

Alan Pardew has already said with the club being back in the Europa League that it is impossible to finish 5th again, and with teams like Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham all having disappointing seasons last term, they will be building up to do a lot better next time around.

Fabricio was our Player of the Season, and he also made the PFA Premier League Team of the Season,  and was in terrific form all season at the back for Newcastle.

This is what Fab said today to the local press:

“Maybe the fans will expect more from us next season but we must take it step by step and make sure that we don’t get ahead of ourselves.”

“We can’t expect to challenge for the Champions League just because we are Newcastle, we must earn it through hard work and maintain the same levels we had last season.”

“Last year we had a great season, maybe next season will be the same but we all need to be together again – the fans, the team and everyone.”

“We need to all go in the same direction again if we’re going to keep going from strength to strength.” “We need to maintain that feel of togetherness between the team and fans.”

“Everything feels very positive about the club at the moment but we must be careful. Next season which will be much more difficult than the last one for us.” 

Those are great words and thoughts from the Newcastle captain, and we all need to be very patient next season, and maybe we’ll not get off to such a good start.

But obviously, whatever happens,  we need to stick with the side through thick and thin – but we’ve had a lot of experience of doing just that over the years of course.

After all – this is Newcastle.

There was big news yesterday that Premier League Champions Manchester  City want to sign Fabricio this summer, and Cheick Tiote has also been linked with both Chelsea and Manchester United, with the price on his head being £20M – so to speak.

Demba Ba has been linked heavily with a move to Tottenham, but if you believe one local report of yesterday – Demba Ba has no intentions of leaving Newcastle at all, and he just loves the fans and atmosphere at the club, and the passion in the City.

We have to hope that’s correct, and if he refuses to leave Newcastle, that would be simply fantastic – and another hero is born on Tyneside.

But somehow we think we’ll lose at least one of our top stars this summer, but as long term readers know – we’ve been wrong once or twice before. :D.

That must give Newcastle some hope this summer.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Toonboy_84

    Jun 4, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Reading between the lines……Colo is joining city

  • Toonboy_84

    Jun 4, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #2

    1st. Fooook you Indian.

  • Dannyo

    Jun 4, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #3

    I enjoy this line from Collo in the Journo:

    “We can’t expect to challenge for the Champions League just because we are Newcastle, we must earn it through hard work and maintain the same levels we had last season.”

    So many fans think exactly what he says at the start there, for me, THAT is the straw that broke the camels back.
    Relegation happened, and it had to for fans to get back down to earth.


    Jun 4, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #4

    Said from the helicopter heading towards Manchester

  • Graeme

    Jun 4, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #5

    Sorry, just cannot see Captain Collo departing to the Shitty camp. Why would he go there to warm the bench when he can play every week for the TOOON – its a no brainer mate lol

  • Beattie25

    Jun 4, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #6


    Ha ha ha ha ha

  • Beattie25

    Jun 4, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #7

    Did anyone see that Hoilett might be going to munchengladbach?

    If that happens I can see us signing Brahimi as they were linked with him alongside us!!

  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 4, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Collo isn’t really dappening expectations; he’s basically saying: next season will be harder so we can’t slack and need to improve so we can keep out with the boys. It’s not like Pardew saying we’ll do shit next season (although Pards was just doing some old Fergie mind tricks he knows will go in again next season)!

  • Yorkie Dave

    Jun 4, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #9

    just on the england news today. I think the issue here is that the squad is frankly wrong. Forgive me but in my humble opinion, if you have a court case pending then you should be ommitted from the squad. Personally the squad with everyone fit would look alot different.

    Butland (Fraer Forster just won the scottish league with a lot of clean sheets)

    Kelly (Danny Simpson fits what Roy wants hard working and he is statistically the best right back in the league)
    Johnson (Micah Richards this guys is a machine and a very good defender)
    Terry (Rio Ferdinand if fit Cahill should be in his place)

    Downing (Andy Johnson has the tekkers for the wing role and the commitment, downing on the other hand has had 0 goals and 0 assists in the premier league this season. makes me very angry that he is going
    Henderson (Carrick having one defensive midfielder in the squad is a massive mistake)
    Oxlade Chamberlain

    Defoe (Sturridge

    Starting 11

    GK Hart
    RB Richards
    CB Lescott
    CB Jagielka
    LB Cole
    RW Oxlade Chamberlain
    CM Gerrard
    DM Parker
    LW Young
    ST Carrol
    ST Welbeck

    Young, energetic and powerful. Plus players that have played together in defence apart from ashley cole but really the guy is the best left back. Yet if he gets injured then there is Baines who plays with Jags and has played with lescott. Solid Defence! Midfield is young fast and powerful on the wings and wise in the middle with great passing. both wingers can mix it up but both have a great cross on them for Carroll and Wellbeck. Probably what could be the most power ful centre forward pairing at the tournament!

  • Dannyo

    Jun 4, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #10

    read that its pretty much a done deal now, and i agree, i’m gonna guess we’ll push for Brahimi..

  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Jun 4, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #11

    You know your team is screwed when a player like Downing is picked over Johnson.

  • graham cwarr

    Jun 4, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #12

    If hoilett is of there then they won’t need brahimi. I can see us getting him

  • graham cwarr

    Jun 4, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #13

    You know you’re screwed when Johnson is picked over Richards

  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Jun 4, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #14

    The question now is, Who would be getting the better player, if Brahimi was really on his way here, and Hoillet over to munchengladbach

  • graham cwarr

    Jun 4, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #15

    Hard to say as we know more about hoilett but brahimi is also meant to be rated.
    Mgb aren’t the biggest team to go to. If i remember right they’re like the mackems. A former yoyo club

  • GoalsBringSmiles

    Jun 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #16

    Relegation ‘had to happen’. are you for real Dannyo? Ludicrous.

  • Szarka

    Jun 4, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #17

    GoalsBringSmiles: Dannyo is true, NUFC were suffering and making huge expenditures for years without any good season. The relegation made the club a profitable, well going business, that wont spend more as it can, dont waist money on “badguys” or overrated old stars.
    It just didnt happened with Shepherd…

  • Harley

    Jun 4, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #18

    1st post. Been reading for a while but finally got round to registering.

    If we’re challenging again for the top 6 next season I’ll be happy. A cup would be nice too. When you see teams like Cardiff, Birmingham and stoke in cup finals recently you realise how achievable it is with the correct approach.

    I still think we can get top 6 as I have a feeling Rodgers will struggle at Liverpool. I think the fans expected a bigger name and could turn on him if results don’t go their way quickly. Just ask hodgson!

  • Geordie by the grace of God

    Jun 4, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #19


    Smacks of Liverpool fans. Wouldn’t mind seeing them relegated.
    They deserved it in the second half of last season.

  • XtraTimeAndPens

    Jun 4, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Agree with Dannyo that relegation really was the kick up the arse that we needed. Nice to hear Colo has the right attitude going into next season. A complacent squad is the last thing we need. We finished 5th because of hard work. That’s not gunna change. To quote Pardew: hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. Just look at Barca, probably one of the greatest teams of all time and the hardest working one that I’ve ever seen

    Also, there’s a new post on France’s Euro chances at http://www.extratimeandpenalties.com

  • GoalsBringSmiles

    Jun 4, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #21

    Why exactly was it necessary that our expectations were lowered? I accept that the primadonna’s had to go and the wage bill cut but this was possible without relegation. Don’t tell me, it was part of Ashley’s five year plan.

  • GoalsBringSmiles

    Jun 4, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #22

    Btw Spurs were in the relegation zone for the first half of the season we were relegated, within two years they are labelled a top club. Would this be the case if they were relegated?

  • toonincheek

    Jun 4, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #23

    GBS –
    In theory, maybe.
    But in practice . . . .


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