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Newcastle Need Captains’ Game From Coloccini at Stoke

11:31 am, Monday, November 26th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 20 Comments

It’ not surprising that Alan Pardew has admitted this morning that this is his toughest time at St. James’ Park since he joined Newcastle in early December almost two years, after the shock and undeserved sacking of Chris Hughton – and there are fans already shouting for Alan Pardew to be fired.

Fab Coloccini – back on Wednesday at Stoke City

But Alan Pardew hasn’t suddenly become a bad manager, and we’ve tried it before – sacking a manager when the results are not good – and it simply doesn’t work.

But after losing our last three league games, our players will have to play a lot better than they did yesterday, if we are going to get anything out of the game at the Britannia Stadium in a couple of days time.

Alan admitted this was his toughest period at Newcastle – in the local press this morning:

“For sure – there’s no doubt about that. We’re really having to fight. When we conceded the goal, we showed a little bit of spirit but it was too little, too late.”

“We could have had an equalizer at a crucial time with Vurnon Anita.” “Their goalie made a great save from Davide Santon.” ““We’ve got players, let’s be honest, that aren’t playing as well as we know they can.”

“We’re struggling for a bit of confidence.” “We’re missing some key players, but one of them will be back on Wednesday night thank goodness.” “It looks like Steven’s going to miss out, so it’s one thing after another.”

The good news is that we will have captain Fabricio Coloccini back on Wednesday night, and if we ever needed a captain’s performance form the Argentine it’s right now.

Colo can help steady the ship on Wednesday at Stoke, where we won 3-1 last season, for the first time in a long time, and Demba Ba hit a great hat-trick.

We need something like that again at the Britannia Stadium if we are not to slip further down the league table with a fourth league defeat on the trot – which would be extremely hard to take for Newcastle fans.

We need our lads to start playing a lot better and fighting all the way on Wednesday night, and if we can do that we can start turning this thing around.

That’s what we want to see.

Howay The Lads!!

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Tags: Coaching · Fabricio Coloccini · Newcastle News · Premier League

20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 mattyNUFC // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    just once, alan, sack up and take some of the blame yourself too

  • 2 Transfer Sage // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    My problem is not that pardew plays a certain style.

    It’s that we have no style….we dont play either a passing game or a long game.

    We havent picked a system to suit the players all year.

    if he want’s 442 long ball sort it out and set the full team up for that.

    if he wants a passing game pick the right players and make them do it.

    He needs to decide on a style of play and only adapt it slightly for each game.

    With europa league interfering with match prep time we need a consistent style not chopping and changing formations all the time.

    Even man city suffer from mancini constantly going from 3 at the back to 4, then back again

  • 3 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    A rank abdication. Pin it all on the players and hope people accept that facile reasoning, eh Alan?

  • 4 mattyNUFC // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    and to elaborate, other than cisse, which player really isn’t playing to their usual self?

    could be argued tiote with pards settling him down

    could be argued saylor, but let’s face it, he’s been hot and cold his entire career

    other than that, i see the rest of the players as they are

  • 5 Transfer Sage // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:42 AM


    I think he has a point. A lot of the players are underperforming.

    They cant even make a simple pass most of the time….that’s not pardews fault.

    Pardew isn’t having a good spell but the players aren’t helping him either.

    This season is a combination of lack of investment from MA, poor management from pardew and lack of effort from the players.

  • 6 mattyNUFC // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    transfer sage

    and that’s why, as someone mentioned on the last thread, that a 433 won’t be a magic fix

    i agree. i do think it would be an improvement, but it’s quite clear AP has no want or know-how of implementing a rigid ethos in the club from top to bottom. jose mourinho was fuming at his reserve manager for refusing to play the same formation as the first team. said he was more worried about winning in the Segunda division than getting his players up to scratch for smooth integration into the first team.

    If AP is such a huuuuge mourinho fan, why does he do nothing similar?

  • 7 jayphoto // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Really think the biggest injury pardew has been unlucky with is Vuckic! The way we set up in preseason suggested he was going to be a big fixture in the first team and he’s a lot cleverer than our other front players!

  • 8 mattyNUFC // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    ok, bit loaded about mourinho, but it’s clear we have no style, no ethos, no blueprint of any sort that we’ve adapted to and adopted to try to play this game

    one of the many frustrating aspects of ap’s reign

  • 9 rainrix // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Sage… NUFC hasn’t really had a set style since SBR. Jesper posted an article on the previous topic that talked about how swansea have had a fairly consistent style since 2004. In that time we have had 8 managers, thats never going to give our team time to get a long term playing style or goal as every manager will want his own style and our owner/s have never said, “this is how i want us to play”

    Without that blueprint its really hard to develop a style, relegation didn’t help either

  • 10 Transfer Sage // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:46 AM


    the reserve team play a nice brand of football, same style as we do in europa league (not fantastic but can see it’s more about possession)

    the starnge thing is we just abandon that in the league…not sure why.

  • 11 sirtoongospel // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Interesting stat that NUFC havent come from behind to win a game at any stage since he came. There is something fundamentally wrong there, and shows that games have to go our way from the beginning. There is a lack of a real leader to get us through situations. Colo is pure class but not a vocal leader. We don’t seem to have any of those.

    Maybe we need a player who is destined to be our Captain, one who has a bit of edge, never shuts up and leads by example as in relentless work rate.

    We just seem to lack character.

  • 12 rainrix // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    I think the closest thing we have to a style is the fighting spirit we developed during relegation, although in recent weeks we haven’t even seen that either.

  • 13 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    TS…I agree alot with your post #2, but you lost me a lit at your post at #5.

    …I don’t buy that a group of 23 players no longer know how to pass the play or play as a team. We clearly lack leadership right now when everything is falling apart, but I think the reason we we cannot pass the ball is down to the fact that we don’t seem to be able to win possession in MF.

    The possession puts us under heavy pressure within seconds of loosing the ball – we don’t seem to know how to deal with it and it is not because we suddenly don’t know how to pass and move.

    It is how we set up our game and tactics that are a fault. We are playing the same way as last season and we have been found out a long time ago (Pardew just seem oblivion to that)

  • 14 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    *lit = bit

  • 15 jayphoto // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    a big problem to me to be honest is Tim Krul! He constantly hoofs the ball out of play or back to the opposition, we need to play it out from the back! If he wants to play the long ball game it needs to be shola and ba up top with perch and tiote in midfield! Pardew doesn’t ever seem to set the team up for the style he wants to play

  • 16 Rotonda heights // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:50 AM


    TBH he was never a particularly good one in the first place. He’s 52 and has only ever won the Johnson painter trophy. last season, take away the brilliance of ben arfa who couldn’t get a game till raylor got injured and some incredibly lucky decisions, it’s a more real picture.


    For exactly that reason they can not play together in 442 and if you can’t see that by now no wonder you are a pardew supporter.

    Manu quite often have anyone of Rooney, RVP, Chicharito or welbeck on the bench. It’s formations not just your best 11 players, ie gerrard and lampard can never play well for England together.

    Tote, cabs and Anita is a great midfield when used properly, but no wonder they don’t create because they just get totally bypassed by hoofball (pardew’s instructions).

  • 17 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    *play = ball (there are probably more mistakes, but I give up)

  • 18 OhSholaAmeobi // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    If williamson plays again I will cry, please play colo and perch. Oh and no 4-4-2/long balls!

  • 19 Transfer Sage // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:53 AM


    I don’t mind pardew coming in and doing this his way.

    wherether he wants us to be stoke or barcelona or somewhere in the middle.

    It’s just in the 2 years he has been here I haven’t see him go with a consistent style. There is always something he is changing.

    We had 442 a lot but no set way of playing it, he hasn’t gone for big man/little man, or 2 big guys with wingers etc.

    I understand a style changes constantly as players come in and you adapt to suit your squad..but it’s like we go back and forward in style.

  • 20 Transfer Sage // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:56 AM


    it’s not that they have forgotton how to pass.

    it’s just how many times do you see the players try a simple 5/10 yard pass and kick it our of play or to the opposition.

    it’s almost like they just don’t care

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