Most Newcastle fans saw Alan Pardew go onto the pitch at the end of a tense QPR game on Saturday and hug his captain Fabrico Coloccini, and there was a reason for that, since the captain and manager had some kind of spat during training for this important game.
Fab Coloccini and Alan Pardew on Saturday
This is how the Newcastle manager explained the situation:
“There was a reason for going on the pitch at the end of the game to see Colo.” “Colo was a bit upset. It was a very little thing – if it was more serious I would say so. It was important I went on to embrace him in that way.” “I said to Colo before the game, we’re both winners, we’re allowed to fall out.” “We fell out this week and we’re entitled to do that, as the captain and the manager. It was just a silly little thing and I know he was determined to get the result today.
“Before the game, I said to him: ‘Be our leader, be a captain and make sure they don’t get a sniff of a goal’. “When you ask someone to do a job and they do it, it’s only right you pay your respects to them. You fall out with players all the time as a manager, because if not you’re not doing your job.” ” Sometimes I have to say what I think is right – even your most senior players can disagree with it.”
“I have no problem with that.” “He was never off my Christmas card list because it wasn’t me who had the problem. In any walk of life you have to be a man sometimes and admit when you’re wrong and also pay your respects when someone does something right and I thought Colo was absolutely brilliant.”
Good and honest words there from the Newcastle manager.
Pardew would not go into any detail on the spat when pressed, but suffice to say that when a team loses six out of seven games there are tensions that are bound to build up between the players, and between the players and the coaching staff – that’s only natural as frustration sets in.
Newcastle were poor on Saturday, but QPR were even worse and hardly threatened the Newcastle defense, who had their first clean sheet since 23rd September against Norwich, when we also won 1-0.
But that’s only two clean sheets in the league this season and two in the Europa League, and if Newcastle are going to start improving we need to see more clean sheets from our defense.
We assume the spat between the manager and the captain is now over – and it’s on to Manchester United for a tough game at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.
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