Fabricio Coloccini seems to be a big fan of Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, and he credits the Londoner with instilling massive confidence into the squad last summer, as the lads prepared for what turned out to be a stellar season for Newcastle United, when the team was so good they can come back into the big time in the Premier League.
Alan Pardew - instills confidence into Newcastle players
Fabricio Coloccini was appointed the new captain of Newcastle to replace the departed Kevin Nolan last summer, and the appointment was warmly received by Newcastle fans, with over 90% in our poll approving of the appointment of the Argentine International.
And Fab has said today that Alan Pardew is a powerful and positive presence for Newcastle United, and that he gives the players the confidence they need to go out and beat sides like Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool.
This is what Coloccini told The Sun in an interview today:
“He is a fantastic coach and a major influence and driving force behind the success.” “From the first day of last season’s campaign he installed trust and confidence in the players.”
“He felt we were more than capable of challenging the top teams and, when people were expecting us to fall away, we just kept getting stronger and stronger.”
“There was no coincidence or luck that we finished so high up in the table — the players thought we would. The only disappointment was that we didn’t finish higher.” “There is a competitive belief and desire to do well. Next season will be no different.”
Alan Pardew, with the help of his captain of course, will now be doing the same thing this summer, instilling confidence into the players, especially the new ones who have arrived, and some who are still to arrive on Tyneside.
But we face a severe test in the first eight days of the season, when we host Tottenham with their new manager André Villas-Boas and then visit Chelsea, with their new manager Roberto Matteo.
And in between those two massive games against top London clubs, we play the first leg of a two legged tie to qualify for the group stages of the Europa League.
It will be very important that Newcastle start the season running, and do very well in those first vital three games.