Is Third Hammer To Fall At Newcastle?

In the disappointment, frustration and anger at yesterday’s loss to Reading which takes the southern side to just two points behind Newcastle in the league table, we had almost forgotten that tomorrow Newcastle will meet with their captain Fabricio Coloccini to decide whether they will let him walk away in mid-season to play in Argentina.

fabricio coloccini in action

Fabricio Coloccini – decision day tomorrow

You would have thought the answer to Fab’s request to leave Newcastle to return to his wife and two  kids in Argentina because of some personal problem – would be an ecstatic no – but amazingly that may not happen.

The Evening Chronicle reported yesterday that the fervor to get Coloccini home to join his father at San Lorenzo is building in South America, and that some local businesses may even be able to come up with the fee to sign Coloccini.

But of course even in that case, Newcastle could always turn it down, and from what we can tell, and we don’t know all the facts, surely Mike Ashley will tell the captain he must stay and fight to save Newcastle’s Premier League status.

That status is now looking just a bit dodgy, with teams like Reading and QPR starting to pick up points, and Sunderland won 3-2 at Wigan yesterday, so they’ve come to life too – so it would seem to us suicidal to let Colo go –  with Newcastle in the position we are in.

Newcastle have had a terrible January transfer window, and after it started off so well with the news that Mathieu Debuchy was coming to Toon.

But then we lost Demba Ba to Chelsea very quickly, and then we were given an embarrassing black eye last week, when Loic Remy preferred QPR to Newcastle, and he scored for them on his debut yesterday in the 1-1 draw at West Ham.

So those have been two hammer blows already this month, and if Newcastle do let Coloccini leave – we’ll have lost our best attacker and best defender in January,  and that’s really not strengthening the side.

We await the decision, which we have been told will be announced on Monday.

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129 comments so far

  • Ben3arfa

    Jan 20, 2013 at 6:28 AM

    Comment #1

    dark times at the toon , really frustrating being a fan

  • MacToon

    Jan 20, 2013 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #2

    Suicidal indeed to let him go now and after seeing Remy’s goal, gutted we messed up that deal.
    Should I hold my breath on these two defenders coming in, I don’t think so but I’ll keep my fingers crossed there’s no hitches this time.

  • Toon_Army

    Jan 20, 2013 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #3

    There must be a clause in his contract than enables him to leave on a free if we are don’t win a certain no. of games of a certain position in the league.

    I bet they wanted him to wait till Monday cause a win at reading might have been able to change the situation but it didn’t… Cause we Lost…. Again!!!!

  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Jan 20, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #4


    If I recall, there was an article awhile back which said something along the lines off

    He will only be payed 1 year salary as opposed to 8 if he gets sacked… something like that. Can’t really remember

  • check the toastie

    Jan 20, 2013 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Subs took off yesterday Marvaeux, Cabaye and Anita, for Bigi, Perch and Obertan.

    Compounded by leaving Shola and Jonas on the pitch. The man is f##king useless end of.

    Shola should be nowhere near this football club, he is a joke of a footballer, embarassingly unfit with no desire whatsoever. Jonas was a bit better yesterday but was still the midfields weak link.

    Moving Anita out wide? What, then bringing him off when we needed a goal, CM of Bigo and Perch Jonas and Obertan wide. Krul to Shola long ball, how did it end up like that yesterday, 1st half we were pretty good, then Pardew decided to completely f##k it up, and he did.


    Sound out Laudrup see if he would come.

  • MacToon

    Jan 20, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    Comment #6

    I wonder what a realistic solution would be, throw more players at Pardew? There’s a chance it may save us but maybe there’s damage that’s already been done from the summer and now irreparable?

    If we change manager I don’t actually trust Ashley or Llambias to get an improvement! Probably end up with Carver, Stone or maybe Beardsley taking over and ofcourse JFK is looking for work along with Hughes, Bruce, oh too many poor manangers to mention.

    It was a huge game yesterday and we failed to gain even a point and fizzled out after the half time team talk and subsequent substitutions. I can’t work out Pardew’s thinking, we go all out attack at Old Trafford against one of the best teams in the world and again at the Emirates but try and sit on a goal lead at SJP for 45 minutes against a team with the worst away record in English football.

    Pardew’s breaking all the records, only they are the records we don’t want breaking.

  • Sawbuck

    Jan 20, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Laudrup would be a dream. But I cannot see it. I’ve been telling people I see him replacing Ferguson at Man u

  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Jan 20, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    Comment #8

    Actually, I think Strolla did ok yesterday. Wasn’t much of a threat but he did make some good challenges in the 1st half.

    Ever since Enrique left, Jonas’s performances have gradually been getting poorer. He honestly pi$$ed my off in the first half yesterday. on 3-4 occassions, he gave up on chasing the ball, before it was out of play, and on each occassion, it was not as if it was impossible to get the ball.

    While I was disappointed with the substitution choices, you could understand his reasoning, atleast for bringing on Perch. Taking off Marv was obviously the wrong choice, but putting on a defensive Midfielder wasn’t that outrageous.

    The biggest mistake, was when he took of Cabaye. Granted he may have picked up an injury, but when the score is 1-1, bringing on a second defensive midfielder was just downright stupid. A blind baboon pointing at the bench randomly would have likely made a better choice.

    Nothing against Bigri, the lad has been immense for us. But he isn’t the type of player who will create magic.

  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Jan 20, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    Comment #9

    At the rate things are going, I wouldn’t be surprised if Pardew took off Cisse and replaced him with Elliott against Villa during the 2nd half.

  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Jan 20, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #10

    If only someone who has the same transfer policy as Mike ashley, but is less stingy with the cash took us over and convinced David Moyes to manage the club.

    I’d really like to see what Moyes could do with a club that has money, considering how well he has done at Everton with their lack of financial resources. The man’s a miracle worker …

  • Jarra

    Jan 20, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #11

    Watched the game live as it was happening on TV as live abroad, first half we looked like we were starting to turn the corner, simple passing from defence to midfield probing away to an attack. Yep first half very happy with the direction we were going, most influencial players Anita Marveaux and Cabaye. Three substitutions in the second half off comes Anita, Marveaux and Cabaye, I now understand the Cabaye was due to injury concern thats if Pardew is telling the truth saying the player asked to come off. Could you please explain the other two as it certainly looked at the time that he was playing to win one nil bringing on defensive midfielders as we know how well we can defend.
    I hate the thought fo getting relegated but just looking at our fixtures next chance of getting any points is when Southampton visit us and looking at all the fixtures on current situation and with the present manager in situ I see only a maximum of 10 points.
    I cant change things just offer my contiued support but like you all be it at the matches or rooting for the lads I do honestly think both on and off the pitch next ten days before the next game are critical.

  • Sawbuck

    Jan 20, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #12

    Its too much of a poisoned chalice for anybody to take over. We;ll end up with Carver or Lee Clark.

  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Jan 20, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #13

    Mike Ashley

    – Sacks Hughton while he is still doing a decent job at the club
    – Yet to sack Pardew who has been on an abysmall run for the last couple months.,

    Go figure.

  • magpiebop

    Jan 20, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #14

    The platinum club are always quick to boo and never give a peep in support of the club. The only support this section gives is wii the wallet. Platinum club members are you men or mice because you barely make a squeek unless it’s to boo our own players!

  • soundoid

    Jan 20, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #15

    We’re going down like Jacque Cousteau.

  • Williamsonsuks

    Jan 20, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #16

    A lot of things were said yesterday in the heat of the moment. I’m back pedalling a bit today. We played some of our best football this season in the first half, 2nd was poor. I think Pardew had said to the players at half time, Slow it down, sit back, defend the win. He made a big mistake taking off Marveaux. He was the only player who looked confident running at them. He gambled and lost, on another day that might have worked.
    I’m a firm believer in, if it aint broken dont fix it. Gonna hold my tongue till the end of the season. Get some players in see what he can do.

  • check the toastie

    Jan 20, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #17

    Magpiebop – dont make things up, most of the booing came from the east stand and Gallowgate, it was justified as the decisions he made were both stupid and more dejectingly predictable.

    The Man is an Ass and should be sacked. It is time for Ashley to show some ambition by appointing a respected coach, hes the most improtant man at the club.

    Laudrup, Blanc, De Boer, Martinez, if we are offering 70k for players the manager should be on 80K, that would get you a super coach.

    Personally would get Owen Coyle in until the end of the season, think he would be a cheap ready made upgrade, always seems to have the players respect, plays good footy too.

  • soundoid

    Jan 20, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #18

    Pardew has no clue how to use the players we have. Throwing more in to the mix ain’t going to help. I’ve supported him in the past but it’s time for him to go.

  • magpiebop

    Jan 20, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #19

    Time for Pardew to go!

  • radja in Indonesia

    Jan 20, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #20

    New players and new manager please…..

  • sirtoongospel

    Jan 20, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #21

    We couldn’t attract a “top” manager. But I still would like to see a Newcastle squad where the bench has like for like replacements on the bench in all positions. Until then most of my fury will rest with the owner. It annoys me to think that average investment for a club of our size, would see us in great shape. Once again though the bench was woeful. Can’t remember the last time an NUFC squad had genuine game changers across the board on the bench. Keegan in the 90’s I suspect. That’s not fair on us and it will take years and years to achieve it. But EVERY transfer window should see us strengthen. That hasn’t been the case but I live in hope that Ashley has cottoned on

  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 20, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #22

    MacToon – Steve Bruce is manager of Hull.. For me the only person to replace Pardew is Laurent Blanc but a doubt Ashley and Llambias will use common sense

  • Chuck Norris

    Jan 20, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #23

    Whether you like/support Pardew or not and whether you want him given more time or not has now become irrelevant…the fact is that we are in extreme danger of being relegated again and AP isn’t able to turn this around, he’s lost the dressing room. We MUST make a change and make it NOW while there’s time to turn things around still and survive. We need fresh impetus and a change in direction….Pardew sadly can’t do this….Glenn Hoddle would be my choice; tactically and technically proficient, experienced and available….would get the best out Cabaye & co and with the added bonus that he also speaks French from his time playing there

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 20, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #24

    If it happens, which managers are available and who would be able to attract?

    …forget msnagers like Laudrup he is only leaving for the likes of Real and Barca!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 20, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #25


  • ash1001

    Jan 20, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #26

    Will hold my hand up and say YES, I was one of those sitting in the East Stand (as I have done for the last 40 years) who was booing yesterday, but it was definitely not directed towards the players, they may think so, but nothing could be further from the truth, IT WAS TOWARDS PARDEW, his substitutions over the last few games to say they were weird is a bit of an understatement. His ability to change tactics unless they are negative ones like yesterdays second half are non existent, surely even Ashley (who was there) and Llambias have to see that.
    As for Nile Ranger and Sammy Ameobi taking to twitter and having a go at the fans, that just shows how much they know about NUFC fans. T|hose two alone will be earning in a week more than what most fans are earning
    in a year, so we would have the right to boo them if we thought fit, and will also admit that I have cursed the likes of the effort put in by certain players (who shall remain nameless but think everyone knows who they are) for there commitment on the pitch.
    Final comment – was nice to see everyone congratulating Cabaye on his goal yesterday, as compared with only 3 of the players doing the same when BA scored his 2 against Arsenal. Think that tells you alot about the squad. Maybe the team should manage itself.
    Sorry PARDEW you time has come – please move on.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 20, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #27

    I for one wasn’t booing the players I was booing our idiot of a manager, Pardews decision to take off MARVO – and try and hold on for a 1-0 win.

    We were playing a team that had not won a away game on another day could of had 3 or 4 first half with a bit of luck.
    So why bloody change it

    Oh looks like our luck ran out when the ball was deflected off Cisses back for the win over West Brom

    How Shola and Jonas Gutrot lasted 90 minutes beggars belief they were absolute shite.
    As someone next to me said theres as much movement in shola as in a speed hump.

    Roll on villa and if they play like they did last night we’ll get hammered.

  • MacToon

    Jan 20, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #28

    GT89, I didn’t know that about Bruce, how’s he doing, any idea?
    Hoddle’s an original choice but can’t see it happening really unless he’s been frequenting certain casinos recently. Even Blanc, who seems to be this blogs front runner, can’t see it happening either.

  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Jan 20, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #29


    Di matteo perhaps?. Considering how well he cleaned the mess AVB left, he may be able to do a decent job cleaning Pardew’s mess.

    Martinez maybe?

    Ideally, I’d like someone like David Moyes, who has proven time and time again that he can get the best out of players.

  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Jan 20, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #30

    Not saying we have a chance of getting Moyes though.

  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Jan 20, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #31

    One manager I hope we don’t get linked with, if Pardew was to get sacked, would be Mark Hughes

  • cyprus

    Jan 20, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #32

    Sunderland probably did us a favour, as they’ve kept Wigan down with us. I admit I haven’t looked at the table in the last couple weeks, just can’t stand to! Are we becoming turn around kings?? Losing from a winning situation?
    Ranger advising fans how to behave? Cool huh. Anyway, play the guy, Shola just cannot score, the record is there to see.

  • cyprus

    Jan 20, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #33

    Our most important transfer, but probably worth the 4-5 million it will cost, is AP. Then, a proven CF.

  • brklyngeordie

    Jan 20, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #34

    Gonna say it again the players don’t give a f$?k so this was to be expected the board to hell with them this pathetic ambition we show is a joke so why do we put money in their pockets? I’m not even close to the oldest fan but have seen many that are that are fed up we must protest and restore some pride in the club otherwise sink with these tosses as your captain

  • BigKirky

    Jan 20, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #35

    I didn’t boo but I was very angry when Marveaux went off.

    Thing is, people can be disappointed when a sub is made, but not say anything. It just shows, that the substitution of Marveaux was that unanimously bad, that A LOT of people started to boo the decision by Pardew. Nothing personal for the player. In fact it should be pointed out, that the boos turned to claps.

    Ok I understood why Cabaye would be taken off, plus we read he was injured, but that should have been the first sub and Marvaeux should have definitely been left on!!! Then to bring Anita off as well(!) whilst Shola and Jonas were on was nothing short of appalling.

    For Shola and Jonas to be either side of Cisse you may as well say that his chances will be limited.

    I don’t want Pardew sacked, yet, as I hate all the new man in, new players change that goes with it and it just writes off another two years of my supporting life.

    What really annoys me is the fact that he’s saying his squad isn’t big enough and too many injured… If Pardew Derek and Ashley had listened to what everyone said in the summer, that we were understrength, and had bought the players we’re buying now, we wouldn’t be in this mess, no where near.

    Instead, they decided to believe their own hype of 5th and think injuries would never come. Ludicrous. Previous managers have had a lot more injuries at once than Pardew has had as well! You’re an idiot if you think that a couple of players wont be out right throughout the season.

    Look where we are. God help us if we don’t win at Villa.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 20, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #36

    Can’t understand Pardew’s excuses. He has had a very decent team for a long time. Though there were always injuries, which club doesn’t have one? We always had enough in the team to match the likes of mid table clubs and below even with our injuries.

    But no. We play abysmal football week in week out. We only have 1 plan per game which is the hoof it. if we are 1-0 up just defend to save our lives and hope we win it.

    Even with a strong team out, at home against the worst away record in the league with reading, he set us up for a 1-0 win.

    Only a fool of the highest order can get us relegated with this team. He got extremely lucky last season with plenty of luck and pure wonder goals from Cisse to fire us to 5th. Our football is still id dare say the worst across all division. and pardew’s tactical nuances is rubbish.

    Even with new signings, pardew is too inept to do anything with the players. he is clueless. and to think we can be rock bottom inside our next 4 games. i can’t help but laugh.

    Get that useless guy out of our club.

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jan 20, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #37

    Di canio would be a good shout someone with passion and on a low budget.

  • magpiebop

    Jan 20, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #38

    I went in platinum club for Maritimo game and I was the only one singing not a word of a lie! Quiet as a mouse theatre, it was so quiet in there it was like a stand full of makems! From where I was at back of the gallowgate the booing started behind dugouts and quickly spread around but I stand by that, I’ve never heard a peep of support from the cushioned seats all season! The Marveaux substitution was because he’d been feeling his hip and was forced and Cabaye like wise injured groin. Hard to argue wii subbing them really, just we’ve got no bench at the moment!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 20, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #39

    Checkthe toastie
    Correct the Gallowgate were booing and so was I – not against the players but the idiot of a manager and his substitution of Marvo. been our best player over the last got us the free kick for the goal.

    PS if other fans did not notice marvo got a cheer as he left the pitch.

    Second half the biggest cheers were coming out of the Gallowgate at the chunks of snow falling onto the cameramen. shows how inept we were second half

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 20, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #40

    Anita…what ever happens I don’t think MA will any compensation for someone elses manager!

    …if Pardew gets the sack we will someone who’s available for free I would think.


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