We don’t know what’s at the bottom of the Coloccini affair, and Newcastle have rightly kept the actual situation a secret - to their credit – but we know it’s not that his wife is sick or that she cannot settle in Newcastle, where she’s been for almost five years now.
Fabricio Coloccini – can find sanctuary on the field
It’s one of those delicate personal situations that Colo’s employers want to keep quiet as a respect to Colo himself, and they’ve done a good job of that.
But Alan Pardew has opened up a bit about other players he has managed in the past who had some personal problems, and Alan’s 14 years of management hopefully will stand him in good stead in this particular situation - although probably the best we can hope for is that Colo stays until the summer.
This is what the Newcastle manager said in the local press today:
“I can give you an example of a player I had at West Ham who had big gambling problems and another who had gambling and drink problems. Both those players found sanctuary on the football pitch. It was the only sanctuary they had. It was the only time they had that and they played well.”
“Players play through unbelievable situations. I can think of a player at Southampton who got a man-of-the-match award whose cousin had died two days previously in a stabbing incident.” “Everyone who kicks a football, once you play football, or sport, or tennis, everything is forgotten.”
“I don’t think that will impact on Colo.” “I think there’s a determination to play well and he did that at Norwich and I hope he does that on Saturday and I know our fans, and I went to a coaching course this week, and sometimes it is good to go to those things because you remember what you actually have got, the fantastic job I’ve got here and the fantastic fans.”
“I think they will show that to Colo on Saturday. They understand.” “We’re going to sit down next week and hopefully iron out the issues and come to a conclusion where Colo stays.” “That’s what I hope for as manager.”
The Newcastle fans as usual have been great towards Colo in this situation, even though he says he wants to leave the club – and one thing is for certain - and that is he will be playing tomorrow at St. James’ Park in what has become a huge game against Reading – a six point relegation struggle – to use Alan Pardew’s own words.
We need to win that game, and then on Monday we should learn the outcome of the case – but we’d be disappointed – make that completely gutted – if Coloccini is allowed to leave Newcastle in mid-season.
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