Newcastle Crunch Meeting With Coloccini Already Arranged

Newcastle will sort out Fabricio Coloccini’s personal situation this week, but we’d be very surprised if the club acquiesces to Colo’s demands to move to Argentina immediately, to play for San Lorenzo.

fab coloccini and alan pardew

Alan Pardew with Colo on the sidelines  – but not for long

The facts of the matter are that Coloccini still has three and a half years left on his existing £60K/week contract at Newcastle, which he signed less than a year ago, and San Lorenzo have said they cannot pay the fee for the Argentine International.

So we’re not sure how Colo can be given his wish, and if he does leave that could sink Newcastle ever further into the relegation zone, and Mike Ashley may be a lot of things, but he’s not daft, and relegation is the very last thing the Newcastle owner wants in May.

That’s why we think Newcastle will draft in up to five players this month, and one center-half will arrive regardless of the Colo situation, and if for some reason Colo gets his wish, then the club will bring in two center-backs to help out Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson.

Alan Pardew has said a meeting has already been set up to discuss the situation with Coloccini:

“We have got a meeting and we are going to try and resolve it.” “I am confident of a resolution. He is a class player. Great players can play through most crises. We have had a crisis in terms of our results. It’s players of his caliber – and Tim Krul and Yohan Cabaye – who are going to get us up the league.”

And Frenchman Yohan Cabaye, who could even become captain of the side if Coloccini leaves the Magpies this week, has admitted Colo’s situation is not a diversion in the dressing room:

“Coloccini is a Newcastle player so for us nothing has changed. Nobody was thinking about that situation on the pitch. For us, a clean sheet was the most important thing.” “Maybe we started to lose confidence after we lost a couple of games.” “After each loss, it became more and more difficult to get out of the run.”

Newcastle must sort out any and all distractions in the dressing room, and at least one piece of good news on the Demba Ba departure,  is that we will not have the “will he leave or wont he”  transfer sagas (circuses) any more – he left for bigger money at Chelsea on 4th January – and he didn’t exactly hang around in this transfer window.

And we think Colo will see the professionalism he needs to show, through his family difficulties, and he showed on Saturday that he can still play a solid game for Newcastle, through all of this.

We hope Newcastle can announce in the next day or two that Colo will be staying through the end of this season, and maybe that can be announced at the same time that Loic Remy is announced as the latest player to join Newcastle in this January transfer window.

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84 comments so far

  • @lukehodge_

    Jan 14, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #1


  • Alan Pas-de-clue

    Jan 14, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #2

    debuchy alderweireld colo santon
    Sissoko tiote
    Hba cabaye remy


  • Zero

    Jan 14, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Im curious, has San Lorenzo got any potential young players we can trade for him, TBH i think hes served us very well, if it is truely due to family reasons then let him go… say he pays 1-2mill of his own contract off and San Lorenzo gives say two young players?? Mad idea huh… lol

  • Zero

    Jan 14, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #5

    nightfa11, thats certainly an interesting read, it does seem certainly similar to HBA when he arrived, hopefully we can get the lad back on track, a few more french internationals and itd be like playing for the french team week in and week out for him lol

  • nightfa11

    Jan 14, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #6


    yeah its probably not the best time for this signing considering our league poistion…but we got him on cheap..&…i do trust

  • 89Norcal

    Jan 14, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #7

    Can’t imagine Colo being so low as to insist on a move to Lorenzo on the cheap, or to completely remove himself mentally from the club if he stays.

    For God sake, just tough it out another 4 months Colo, and wait for offers in the summer.

  • Sazzer

    Jan 14, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #8

    San Lorenzo have none. Interesting to see what players these 3 or 4 are. Sissoko look to be one. A CB. Maybe two. That can play FB. Another striker or winger. Getting 3 french internationals certainly raises our reputation to get other targets. How many more foreigners can we get?

  • jayphoto

    Jan 14, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #9

    Be in dreamland if we sign Remy, sissoko and a centrehalf or 2! Sissoko reminds me of a young yaya toure! Wonder if we’ll go back in for erik pieters? I reckon i could handle losing Collocini if we got douglas and pieters in, really rate douglas! Never been a big Remy fan, follow st ettiene when i get chance and us signing Aubameyang would have been fantasy football for me, my favourite player in france! Player for player swap i feel ba is a better player than remy but remy is better suited to a 4-3-3! Hes quick as a whippet and surprisingly good in the air, pulls off onto the fullback well and is dangerous attacking the back post in the air!

  • toontillidie

    Jan 14, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #10

    apparently fabs dad has sadly passed hence why he wants to go back to Argentina if this is true then my heart goes out to colo best wishes

  • 5Danny94

    Jan 14, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #11

    Toontillidie – wasn’t it Fab’s father who broke the news about Colo wanting to go back to Argentina in the first place?

  • jayphoto

    Jan 14, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #12

    Anyone know much about san lorenzo?? Asides from that everton loaned that awful striker from them and lavezzi started there know nothing about them! They must have some bargaining asset?

  • Jamiemac

    Jan 14, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #13

    Sissoko will be a massive signing.

    Tiote, Anita, Bigi are all very much defensive midfielder who aren’t as accomplished going forward and we have cabaye we isn’t as accomplished defending.

    Sissoko is very much a box-to-box midfielder who can offer both. An all round POWERHOUSE. The prospect of this team is immense:

    Debuchy-Colo-New CB-Santon

    Then back ups we have:
    FB: Simmo, Raylor
    CB: Saylor
    DM: Anita, Perch, (Guti?)
    AM: Marv, Obertan, (Guti?)
    ST: Remy, Ameobi

    Now that’s a squad I’m excited about. Maybe a new CB and ST would give complete strength in depth but let’s not be picky 😉


    Jan 14, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #14

    It was Colo’s wife that is ill? His dad said that quoted on I think.

    Why do people make these line ups and have no Anita in? We paid 6m for him, he isn’t a bench player! Probably our best player atm

  • nick_9

    Jan 14, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #15

    I thought fabricios dad was working for San Lorenzo?

    As for Remy that link posted states he is on 200k a month. Cannot see us bettering that so terms are a bit of an issue, income tax will be a bonus for us though as I think in France it is 50% for a certain amount and then 75% once you earn over a million euros so if he has the same wage he would be about 400k better off a year


    Jan 14, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #16


    we have cabaye we isn’t as accomplished defending.

    Cabaye got the most tackles last season, silly comment?

  • 2_goal_tino

    Jan 14, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #17

    San Lorenzo do have one good youth prospect. Alan Ruiz, 19 year old attacking midfielder, Argentinian youth international tipped for the senior team one day…

  • Brutooon

    Jan 14, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #18

    Sissoko better come in because Anita so far not convincing for me.

    Anita passing is sideways/backwards

  • Jamiemac

    Jan 14, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #19


    I agree he is strong in a tackle but I can’t really see Cabaye as a defensive midfielder? Sissoko can play both defensive midfield and attacking midfield. Do you think it would be a good signing?

  • Sazzer

    Jan 14, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #20

    Anita had an off game againt Norwich but he have been creating most chance for us this year. He will put it forward if there is somebody running.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jan 14, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #21

    What people forget about when they criticize Anita is that he came from a team where he was one of the star players who play football the way it should be played!

    He then comes to this country to play for a team that constantly plays the ball over his head and has a team full of players not playing to their potential what is he supposed to do??!?

    He was excellent against Man Utd until that shocking challenge by Valencia and if we can get our team firing on all cylinders him Cabaye and Sissoko/Tiote will dominate teams

  • Sazzer

    Jan 14, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    Comment #23

    Sadly you can’t reach Jonas with nothing but a sideway or backward pass.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jan 14, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Comment #24

    Norwich fans view of Hughton interesting

    Because when he was with the Toon i felt the same

  • Charlietoon

    Jan 14, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    Comment #25

    It’s up to Collo. Work and Family are two different things and there is no way NUFC will let a player worth $10 mill at least go for free to play at anther club because he is having problems with his personal life. If he was quitting the game or taking a leave of absence something would be worked out but he needs to get his affairs in order. I am sure he can buy out his contract if he wants to. He has been earning enough money the last 5 years to have a crack at it and it is his responsibility to do so no one elses.

  • jeff

    Jan 14, 2013 at 3:29 AM

    Comment #26

    Jamiemac // Jan 14, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Sissoko will be a massive signing.

    Tiote, Anita, Bigi are all very much defensive midfielder who aren’t as accomplished going forward and we have cabaye we isn’t as accomplished defending.

    are you a fool? most tackles in the epl last season = yohan cabaye with 117, he is very good defending

  • Santon03

    Jan 14, 2013 at 4:10 AM

    Comment #27

    Are there any good players in San Lorenzo especially CB?
    We could do barter, swapping Colo for another player.
    But I don’t know about the rules regarding Non EU players eligible to play in EPL, if I’m not mistaken they need to have EU passport or has played for national team 7 times.

  • chris_g

    Jan 14, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    Comment #28

    “….he left for bigger money at Chelsea on 4th January – and he didn’t exactly hang around in this transfer window….”

    So what would you have preferred him to do, Ed? Hang around for a bit longer and give us a few more weeks of uncertainty before leaving on the last day of the transfer window, like one of our former strikers?

    By the way, Ed, didn’t you once leave your beloved Newcastle to join a team in the USA called IBM? I expect you viewed it as a good career move at the time, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you ended up earning a lot more money over there as well. Your motives were probably exactly the same as Demba Ba’s, so does that make you a mercenary as well, or just a hypocrite?

  • Santon03

    Jan 14, 2013 at 4:56 AM

    Comment #29


    why are you attacking Ed?

    Ba’s record shows us where his loyalty lies, he jumped from one club to another.

  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Jan 14, 2013 at 4:58 AM

    Comment #30

    @toontillIdie – Where on earth have you heard that?

    Colo’s dad has just become part of the newly elected board at San Lorenzo and he really wants his son to play there.

    Then he says Colo wants to return to Argentina and all of these rumours start because they know perfectly well that they simply cannot afford to buy him normally so are trying to guilt trip Newcastle into letting him go back home.

    Demand the full money for him, it is not acceptable to just ask to get a club’s captain for free because they want him now.

  • pedro

    Jan 14, 2013 at 4:59 AM

    Comment #31

    Jay – San Lorenzo are one of the “big 5” clubs here in Argentina.Although they cannot compete financially with the vast majority of european clubs for an Argentine it is a club which would be hled in high esteem. Coloccini played for them in a successful side and has family ties to the club and as has been reported SL are very keen to sign him. There is still no further news here on the story, just that the ball is now in Newcastle and Coloccini’s court.
    The guy that Everton loaned, Denis Stracqualursi, was actually from Tigre but you are right that he is now at San Lorenzo. He is actually fairly decent, at least here in Argentina, and perhaps is a good indication that the transition from domestic football here to the premier league is not easy.
    With regards, decent players that they have now. Its difficult to say as Stracqualursi proves who would be worth a punt. Perhaps the brightest prospect at the moment is Alan Ruiz, a midfield playmaker currently playing for Argentina in the sub 20 championship. However, Argentina’s performance in this so far has been appalling

  • willowdalerez

    Jan 14, 2013 at 5:09 AM

    Comment #32

    The addition of Debuchy with the return of Cisse the (fingers crossed) addition of Remy and hopefully the near term return of HBA means our team should have a whole new look… I think Cisse and Remy will be able to get the goals we lost with Ba and if Collo hangs in for us to the end of the season I can’t see us going down… whew relef that we are acting to bring in the required talent!!!

  • willowdalerez

    Jan 14, 2013 at 5:10 AM

    Comment #33

    One more thought… Our squad remains thin so let’s hope they stay healthy!

  • Santon03

    Jan 14, 2013 at 5:13 AM

    Comment #34

    I hope we can start using our youngsters like Dummet or Streete, if we are not going to use them, we should loan them out to better team than 2nd division teams.
    At least one level below premier league or overseas like Serie B or Eredivise or Dannish teams.

  • 89Norcal

    Jan 14, 2013 at 5:22 AM

    Comment #35


    We kind of have been using our youngsters. All at the same time, which is part of why we are doing so poorly 🙂

    We seem pretty good at loaning out players though. Imagine if we had loaned out Fergie, Bigi or Sammy right now, we would have almost no subs lol

  • Lynny

    Jan 14, 2013 at 5:33 AM

    Comment #36

    chris_g – why launch into a personal attack eh? I think you’ll find that at the time the uk had no i.t jobs to the standard of ibm! How many uk i.t companys even now are world wide recognised? Have a word with yourself man!

  • Santon03

    Jan 14, 2013 at 5:38 AM

    Comment #38


    I mean players like Streete or Dummet, we are pretty thin at the back and they are not in our subs. Rather than putting players out of position who can’t do the job, why not try using those young CB especially if Colo is leaving soon and don’t have time to get replacement. If they never get 1st team game, why not loaned them out but to better teams. There is no point loaning them out to a team which is worse or the same level as our reserve squad.

  • 89Norcal

    Jan 14, 2013 at 5:38 AM

    Comment #39


    Wouldn’t worry too much, that’s like every player that says he would like to play at Barcelona.

    But it’s what I was saying after last summer, if our board stagnates and shows no ambition, they should expect our top players to look for greener pastures. But for now it’s just Hatem speaking well of PSG

  • Santon03

    Jan 14, 2013 at 5:39 AM

    Comment #40


    what I’m trying to say is if we really valued those young players, we should help their developement moving forward not backward.


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