It’s a really important game on Saturday against Reading, and it’s almost like a must-win game, but we’re not sure who will be able to get the goals for us to get the win on Saturday – but there’s no doubt all 3 points would bring huge relief across Tyneside.
Fabricio Coloccini – will he stay or will he simply walk away
And as we read yesterday, the resolution of the very strange case of Coloccini has been delayed until Monday – when the Argentine could still amazingly walk away from Newcastle, but we hope the club sticks to its principles -a s they presumably did with the Remy situation – even if Colo is not happy about it.
Alan Pardew addressed this very strange situation today at his press conference for the Reading game:
“We’re going to sit down next week and hopefully iron out the issues and come to the conclusion that Colo stays and obviously that’s what I hope for as a manager.” “It’s obvious that there is a problem there in his life.”
“The best way of dealing with it sometimes is to be on a football pitch and play your best football and he certainly did that last week.”
You get these personal situations coming up all the time in big business, and it certainly happened when I was an exec at IBM.
And while companies try their very best to handle the personal situations of employees, the business comes first, and we cannot believe that Mike Ashley would put Newcastle in jeopardy by allowing Colo to leave next week.
But what Newcastle need to assess is how much of a drag would Colo be in the dressing room, if he doesn’t get his way – and after all – he is our captain.
But we are hoping the Fabricio is professional enough to play a part through the end of the season, and of ensuring Newcastle at least avoid relegation, and even move up the league a little bit, and then he could leave in the summer.
That’s all we ask of our captain.
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