It’s coming to light exactly what the spat was between Alan Pardew and his captain Fabricio Coloccini – and it seems to have started when the captain openly criticized Newcastle’s current playing style of those long high balls forward – and he made the comments in the dressing room in front of the other players before the Manchester City game.
Colo in action at Old Trafford in late September
And only last week it was Demba Ba who said he didn’t like the current way Newcastle were playing their football, and fans haven’t been too happy either.
But hopefully this all has been cleared up after a second win in the last four league games on Saturday against QPR.
And when the comments were made by Colo, there was an argument between the captain and the manager, which would not have been good in front of the rest of the players.
This is some of what Alan said yesterday about the altercation:
“I just said to him before we walked out on the pitch – ‘look, we are both winners, we are allowed to fall out’.” “We fell out last week and we’re entitled to do that, as the captain and the manager. It was just a silly little thing and I
“You fall out with players all the time as a manager, because if not you’re not doing your job,” reasoned Pardew, who was booed by the fans when he took Papiss Cissé off to introduce Ameobi.
“Sometimes I have to say what I think is right.” “Even your most senior players can disagree with that. I have no problem with that. 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 very right, and I thought Colo was absolutely brilliant on Saturday.
“He was never off my Christmas card list because it wasn’t me who had the problem. Colo was a bit upset. It was a very little thing – if it was more serious I would say so.”
With Malcolm Macdonald’s recent comments that the team spirit at Newcastle has gone, we would love to see some fighting performances from Newcastle in the next three games at Old Trafford, the Emirates and at home to Everton.
Certainly the lads stayed together on Saturday afternoon, and although it was just an awful game to watch, it was nevertheless a great victory that we needed badly, and it was made possible by a simply brilliant goal from Shola Ameobi, who could start the game at Old Trafford tomorrow.
What do you think?
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