Norwich Could Be Coloccini’s Last Game For Newcastle

The news of yesterday is simply astonishing,  that the Newcastle captain wants to leave Newcastle immediately and return home to Argentina and play for a club he was on loan at from 2000-2001 – San Lorenzo.

fabricio coloccini fantastic game at Sunderland

Fabricio Coloccini – this could be his last game for Magpies

And this just a week after Demba Ba made a hurried exit from the club to follow the money to Chelsea, and we could lose two of our best players in January, and we started off the month trying to strengthen the squad.

The big question is how can we replace Coloccini in January?

We thought there would be no way that Newcastle would let the Argentine International leave the club, but the news circulating is that the Magpies could agree to his request, and remember Colo is on  £60K a week on Tyneside.

Exactly how we get a replacement in during the January transfer window is a very  good question,  and of course Colo has always been the settling influence in a defense, that this season has massively under-performed.

The problem is apparently due to the ill health of his wife, who has already returned to Argentina, but it’s hard to think of a case like this ever happening before – that a Newcastle captain requests to leave the club immediately in January – certainly it’s never happened at Newcastle.

The news is that the Newcastle Board will get together in the next day or two to decide what action to take, and if they allow Colo to leave Newcastle, we’ll be even more shocked than we already are.

We would think the best course of action is to tell Colo there’s no way he can leave right now, but that the club will reconsider the situation in the summer, when there’s more time to bring in a suitable replacement.

After all he is contracted to Newcastle through June of 2016.

What do you think?

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210 comments so far

  • toonbrother

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #1

    excellent news! so long fabricio

  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Proud – I think he played for them last night yes.

    There are conflicting reports/rumours.

    As I said, there are rumours we are in talks with the club/his agents,

    And also a few days ago his club came out and said he would not be sold.

  • Dannyo

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #3

    There are news this morning that NUFC are looking to keep Colo and Colos wife’s return is imminent.
    His wife had left for Argentina due to illness. My guess is she was probably homesick too and her illness was quite severe it seems.
    Collo wanted to reunite the familiy i think but it could be that his wife is out of the woods.

    Speculation tho.

  • Dannyo

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #4

    Also, Sissokos agent is on Tyneside. Or atleast he was yesterday.

  • Readingmag

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Morning, can we be factual please regards our love…

    Injuries – Pardews fault NO
    BA leaving No
    Tactics – Yes
    Kids no good enough yet – NO
    King Collicini (gutted) – NO

    For me if we get something out of today thats great, our season starts next week at home with a few players returning from injury. PS …We all support the same team black white …who cares. Changing the manager will not help.and Keegan is still my hero ..and I over 40 yrs old

  • toonbrother

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #6

    erm just to clarify the news concerning his wife is saddening. \hope she recovers. but colocinni leaving in my opinion is NOT bad news. Lets get Ismat in right away

  • Sawbuck

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #7

    How much can Colo make in Argentina ?

    It must be a hell of a problem for him to walk away from 60k.

  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Personally I don’t think collo will go anywhere, but don’t hold me to that.

    There seems to be so many different reports and rumours, it just stinks of San Lorenzo trying to turn colos head and taking advantage of medical/relationship problems between colo and his wife.

    Simple fact is, San Lorenzo can not afford Collocini, and we have no obligation to let him leave. We are not a charity. We can’t just give our best players away because their dad says so.

    I hope I’m right, but I think this is just san Lorenzo trying to force colo to move, which is pretty sh1tty really.

    As I said I personally can’t see him leaving.


    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #9

    If Colo Goes We Need To Call Back Good From Loan

  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #10

    Toonbrother – how would losing our best defender and captain not be bad news?

    Enlighten me.

  • Sir Braveheart

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #11

    “that a Newcastle captain has requested to leave the club immediatelt in January – certainly its not happened at Newcastle.”

    Im guessing a Newcastle captain asking to leave immediately has never happened at any other club either Ed. 😉

  • Sazzer

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #12

    From previous thread. He played last night, but we are supposed to have been at the game.

    They might just have said that to keep other clubs away or to raise the pricetag. We will see.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #13

    If colo go’s we need a bit more than recalling curtis good

    If colo leaves im holding you fully responsible!!

  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #14

    Sir Braveheart – haha aye do you not remember a couple seasons ago when Kevin Nolan suddenly asked to leave Everton?!

  • archaeomag

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #15

    I think Colo will go on loan to his Home club in Argentina [ where his Dad works – I think ],

    I would be disappointed if fans slag him off


    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #16

    Love Coli but he has a contract, had a signing on fee and should therefore honour the terms. If his wife is homesick he has the money to fly her home in a helicopter.

    If she is sick the UK is one of the best places to be but if she is terminal that is a different story.

    Wait until something official comes from NUFC and go from there.

    In Pardiola Ashley and Co I still trust. Just

  • archaeomag

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #17

    Agree Good is is just a kid
    It makes stories about Hangerland look more realistic

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #18

    IF and a big if, colo did leave an experienced CB like hangeland would be an ideal immediate replacement and would rush us into signing a youngster and rushing him straight in

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #19

    *Wouldn’t rush us

  • mot7

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #20

    replace him now we dont want players who dont want to be here . And if colos head is not on the fight he is a liability

  • Sir Braveheart

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #21

    Wasnt there a season under Gullit where Shearer demanded a transfer from Macclesfield Town??

  • Billythefish

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #22

    Can it get much worse, Ba, Collo, one gone one supposedly going. The bench is lacking quality. We need experienced players in as soon as possible. The saving grace is we are in a transfer window, so hopefully players will arrive in the next couple of weeks.

  • toonbrother

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #23

    i think the story is true. its been reported in reputable newspapers. possible replacements for colo:
    1. Ismat
    2. Virgil van Dijk
    3. Romagnoli

  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #24

    Ah yes the whole Macclesfield chestnut.

  • toonbrother

    Jan 12, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #25

    would be heartless of the board to force colo to stay. He wouldnt be leaving unless he had good reason to. Forcing him to stay would be counterproductive to team morale and will be detrimental to his onfield performances. He needs to be allowed to leave,

  • Spuggy

    Jan 12, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #26

    How heartless are some people on here? He’s been a great servant to the club, a consummate professional, an excellent defender ( who was instrumental last season).

    Yes he has a contract but he also has a family and is a foreigner whose homeland is half way round the world.

    There are more important things than football. If he goes he will get my absolute blessing and thanks because collo wouldn’t leave unless the situation was so bad.

  • yorkshire_mag

    Jan 12, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #27

    If reports are true and Collocini DOES wants to leave NUFC because of his wifes illness then he will be a massive miss to the football club and could put us in some serious shit, but at the end of the day, some things are more improtant than football! And given the commitment he has shown and how he has carried the central defence for the last few years MA needs to do the Noble thing here.
    However, if it is the case that he has cheated on his missus – tough shit, you were a twat and now pay for it! HWT

  • NuttyWutty

    Jan 12, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #28


  • Beattie25

    Jan 12, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #29

    If his wife is so I’ll that Colo has to return home then everyone has to respect that decision. Nobody surely can be that inhumane as to put the club before family.

    Credit to Colo cos if it were me, and my family was ill, I’d have gone already.

    Those are the options in my eyes depending on the severity of her illness. Let me go peacefully so I can be with my wife and kids or I’ll walk out.

    It’s all still rumour and hearsay atthe minute so none of us know but if it is the case above, it’s settled, Colo is off and we are powerless to stop him and we shouldn’t even try if the board have an ounce of humanity.


    Jan 12, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #30

    Lets just put this into perspective, okay!

    Collo came to us and took a long time to settle as did Jonas!

    His first season with us was less than successful, and he was slagged off continually on this blog, if i remember correctly !
    Then came the relegation, after which a lot of players left but Collo and Jonas stayed on and helped us to bounce right back up to where we belong, In the Prem !

    It has never ever been about the money for Collo, and after that bad first season with us he had grown to become one of the best defenders in the League last year!

    Now i am reading conflicting reports on here about a lass in Cramlington, and also about a sick wife already returned to Argentina! Some of the personal attacks on Collo which have been written on here, are just i think, below the belt when the true facts are not known!

    But, if Collo wants to leave i would just let him, even if he has a contract for 3,5 years! In the few years he has been here he has been one of our best players, especially last season!
    People should Stop slagging him off, on here, because i don,t think he deserves it when the true fact are not known!

  • magpie6699

    Jan 12, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #31

    yorkshire-mag – You’re not from the Bill Shankley school of thought then? (Asked by a reporter why some people seemed to treat football as a matter of life and death, he replied “Nay. It’s more serious than that, laddie!”)

  • DarloGeordie

    Jan 12, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #32

    “The big question is how can we replace Coloccini in January?”

    With Steven Taylor returning from injury that’s how!

    The only way is the Cashley way, loves a gamble… Can’t even watch the match tonight am just going to wake up
    In the morning and hope when I check the site Ed’s headline reads

    “Newcastle Highlights” instead of lowlights for once…

    Come on Cisse you can do it today and on Colo he has been a great servant but may be a blessing in disguise as he is only getting slower, balder and shorter without that Afro and the age thingy magig. Hope everyone enjoys the game, one word:


  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 12, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #33

    It wouldn’t have been so bad had it been Willo asking for an immediate transfer 😉
    I think we could all say YES PLEASE to that 🙂

  • Beattie25

    Jan 12, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #34

    If we were to sign Jores Okore if like to think we could get Simon Kjaer to help him settle and step into Colo’s shoes.

    Excellent defender, played van Persie off the park and was available in the summer.


    Jan 12, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #36

    There is just so much crap flying around on here at the moment.

    It is extremely difficult just to know what is going on?

  • naptoon

    Jan 12, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #37

    hmmm… few weeks ago colos dad saying colos looking for a respectable way to leave the club now being reported his wife is ill. shes also flew half way around world being ill n all nd left him with their 2 kids. im sure if i was seriously ill id want the private healthcare in britain over argentina. it seems shes so ill shes returning half way round the world imminently … reserve judgement on this one though id be inclined to tell colo hes staying till summer at least.

  • toonbrother

    Jan 12, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #38

    i like the sound of this okore fella. ivorian born but not an african national so no AFCON-related absences every two years

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jan 12, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #39
  • Shot Bru

    Jan 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #40

    Let Colo go on compassionate grounds….it’s the right thing to do.

    He has been a great servant to the club and have enjoyed watching him play the game the way it is meant to be played, especially last season.

    You think of some of the jokers we have had playing for our club over the years, taking the money, not playing and leaving on a free at the end of their contract.

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