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Coloccini Left With Few Options But To Stay At Newcastle

9:19 am, Friday, January 25th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 39 Comments

The news today is that Fabricio Coloccini would have to pay Newcastle United £7M to buy out his contract and become a free agent, and be able to return to South America to be with his wife and two sons – who have already made the trip back to Argentina.

fab coloccini and alan pardew

Coloccini and Pardew – stay until the summer Colo

We heard on Wednesday that San Lorenzo had failed in their bid to get Coloccini to the club – and the Independent then issued what they called an exclusive and said Colo had walked out on Newcastle – but that seems to have been a somewhat false report – although we suppose ti could still happen.

But the inside information was that was all a red herring – however much his father and the club went on in the press about him joining San Lorenzo – and it was really all about Colo somehow getting out of his contract at Newcastle.

Fabricio wants to return home for personal reasons, and there have been talks with the Newcastle Board and manager Alan Pardew and lawyers on both sides, and the outcome is that he can only be allowed to leave if he pays the club £7M.

And we don’t think Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias are people to be messed with if Colo does decide to walk out on the club – because that would not only be completely unprofessional but it would leave a stain on the time Coloccini has been at Newcastle – which will be five full years come the summer.

Indeed if Colo does walk then he has been told in no uncertain terms by Newcastle that they will pursue him legally for the settlement money – and that will essentially end his career in football – and as we said Ashley and Llambias are not people to be messed with.

But we did hear that Coloccini turned up for training on time and participated in the training yesterday which was a good sign, and shows some professionalism from the Argentine International.

Newcastle have done all they can to help their captain in this personal situation but they are not willing to let him go in January for nothing – and they want the captain to stay until June, and then see if something can be worked out then – or else we suppose he could be sold in the summer.

There have been lots of criticism of Newcastle during Ashley’s reign as owner – but the club does one thing very well – and that is take care of their players – and we wonder how Coloccini’s situation would have been dealt with at some other clubs – because Newcastle have been very patient with the Argentine.

With players seemingly coming into the club every day – we need this situation sorted out and Alan Pardew is currently working and talking with his captain to try to work out a suitable resolution that will keep Colo at Newcastle at least until the summer.

The club needs to complete that work quickly as we are still in danger of relegation if we cannot start putting a number of wins together.

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39 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Abbott // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Cabaye will be captain against Villa for sure….

  • 2 ajcrawfs // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    What can’t possibly wait until may when the season finishes, its only less than 4 months away jeez

  • 3 Transfer Sage // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Abbott

    He should be but he wont.

    I think Colo just needs to knuckle down and then we can address this situation in the summer…only has to play through 4 months.

  • 4 TheChippedFifth // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    In the time its taken me to write that, you have managed to post more of the same. Change the record bills-son, I bet if they were to make a compilation of your posts, every single one would be about how brilliant Ashley is.

    Yes I believe he is running the club on a more sustainable and economical footing but these signings we have seen this window are out of necessity and wouldn’t have taken place if we weren’t in the position we are now.

  • 5 Transfer Sage // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    ajcrawfs

    All I can think is its an excuse to go back and play for his dad’s side.

    Maybe he feels he owes it to his father out of respect and to not ruin his father’s reputation back home….not sure though.

    If it’s a genuine family illness give him 2 weeks-month to go back and visit his wife.

    If it’s anything else he can surely wait 4 months to get home.

  • 6 daztoon // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Until a statement comes out from either Colo or the board nobody knows what’s going on with the situation.

  • 7 the1willy // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Perhaps, just perhaps, they should say:

    ‘Look, wait til Taylor gets back and then we’ll give you a couple of weeks off to try and sort things out with the Mrs.’

    Not release him, but give him a couple of weeks off until Taylor gets injured again

  • 8 northernirishtoon // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    If we spend another 10m or so then proud is an absolute legend.

    He suffered alot of abuse a few weeks back put could pull through big time.

    Torq and proud your my heroes lol

  • 9 Transfer Sage // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    daztoon

    it’s just speculation up to now, you’re right.

    Hopefully it will be all sorted, even if we don’t know the details, they need to let us know what the decision is.

  • 10 SuperShearer // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    The Colo situation is very confusing. If it’s for genuine personal matters then the club would give him leave. The fact remains the only public statement we’ve heard has been from Colo’s dad who essentially wanted his new club to get our star player and captain for free? Something is rotten in the state of Colo.

  • 11 BelfastMagpie // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    What’s proud predicted now ?

  • 12 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    If he’s that desperate to go back to argentina then why only specifically san lorenzo? If a bid for £7 mil came from another argie club would he be tempted? And if he did do you think we’d go straight in for alderwield?
    Wouldnt mind putting the £7 mil straight on ashley williams

  • 13 Transfer Sage // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    I had been saying since december that the club would be pushing through deals for 3-4 players….so glad that it came off.

  • 14 the1willy // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    I think there can only be three reasons he wants to go back:
    1. His Mrs. has something very serious, so much so that they would prefer not to disclose the details.
    2: The personal problem isn’t anything to do with illness but rather the couple.
    3: His Dad is putting undue pressure on him after making big promises to San Lorenzo.

  • 15 hadthetshirt // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    What if his wife has cancer (god forbid that’s true) how are you all going to feel then.All this bullshit about having a lass pregnant from Cramlington,do you not think for 1 moment that the press would be camped there trying to get her story.
    Let’s give the lad the benefit of the doubt for now and let’s hope it isn’t true about her illness.

  • 16 Tsunki // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    You know I don’t mean it in a bad way but I hope Colo has a genuinely unalterable and serious issue to contend with that forces his hand this way, against his will if you like.

    Because anything else wol be a serious let-down for a club captain and frankly a future legend. He would erase all that for me. At the moment the best I can do at games is give him polite applause as a Toon player, but until he makes a statement about his motive I am losing faith in the guy.

    At any rate he has lost the captaincy. I cant see how a want-away can be a motivating leader.

  • 17 blew // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    His wife recently flew back to Argentina and is apparently very ill. That being the case I am sure Newcastle hospitals are vastly superior to those in Argentina and free.To sum up this situation – I dont believe Mrs is that ill, otherwise she would be in hospital here. This is merely a smoke screen to hide the truth.

  • 18 AusMagpie // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Is Sissoko anything like Yaya Toure?

  • 19 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Daztoon
    The club have made a statement to the extent there trying to sort out the situation, its now up to colo to release a statement

  • 20 Tsunki // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Anyway, £7m seems to be the come and get me fee. You never know, someone may stump up part of the cash and Colo will have to waive his part of the deal or put in some of his own. If he had banged in a request he might have been gone by now.

  • 21 BelfastMagpie // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    His dad’s a bellend like. I cant see how he can continue to be captain, if he’s so desperate to leave.

  • 22 the1willy // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Concerning our sudden influx of new players what do you think promted it:

    1: MA decided to gamble in the summer and now realizes his gamble didn’t pay off and is trying to fix it.

    2: MA actually intended to bring in these players all along but knew it would be cheaper in January.

    3: He got annoyed by QPR, and decided to hit back by buying everyone and anyone sloppy chops might be interested in.

    4: He’s bored running his empire so he’s eventually decided to have a go at winning something.

    5: MA bought his kids shirts with Ben Arfa on the back, and when he heard that Ben Arfa wanted to see ambition or he would leave, he sh*t himself at the prospect of having to buy new shirts for his kids.

    I think the amount of money MA has spent be it little or a lot this window is irrelevant, what really shows his ambition is that fact that he’s now got five more salaries to pay (4 if we discount Ba’s), and that really is a big investment

  • 23 Transfer Sage // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    had the t shirt

    yeh thats understandable….just speculating on what could be the case.

    blew

    I imagine with colo’s money a private hospital here or in argentina would be paid for and both would be of very high standards. Maybe she wants the support of all her family at home as well.

  • 24 bills-son // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    repost:

    TheChippedFifth – you obviously don’t read all of my posts because if you did you’d know what you say is bullsh1t. I’ve engaged in sensible debates with many of the regular posters on here about all matters NUFC and I made it clear I wasn’t happy with not signing more players in the summer and wanted a big show of committment from Ashley this Jan – we’ve got it.

    daztoon – the consistent thing I’ve said on this blog is that Ashley is AMBITIOUS for the club, that he isn’t here to rape us of cash, sell our best players, settle for just escaping relegation each season and having no other strategy other than to promote SD. I’ve often been a lone (and ridiculed) voice against the stupid hate filled rantings of those who have seen – and still see – Ashley as the devil in disguise. Some fans have had big enough balls to either admit they were wrong about Ashley or agree to give him the benefit of the doubt and give him due credit for the good things he has done. Other fans with small balls who have dug themselves into an Ashley filled hate hole continue to act like spoilt kids who have been proved wrong time and again.

    I don’t work for Ashley, have never met him (although have talked to a few who have) and its been clear to me especially since he decided not to sell the club after relegation – that he is totally committed to moving this club forward.

    If you or other fans don’t agree – tough.

  • 25 Wayayman // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    You know what? As much as I’d love to know the truth behind all this, and as much as I love Colo as a player (the best CD I’ve ever seen play for us) It all pales into insignificance when you look at the bigger picture. Namely the huge turn-around by Fat Mike and our astonishing transfer spree of the last few days. If we get Sissoko in (as looks likely) plus a Ba replacement, this will be an amzing boost to the whole camp, players and fans alike.

    Now, on that note, I’m very wary that the Colo situation can have a detrimental effect on team spirit BUT if the players know the full story as I’m sure they do, then there’s no way they’d back him over the TEAM if the rumours are true and he’s been playing more games away than at home… So to speak.

    Footballers might not be the brightest, but they’ll not think very highly of him wanting to fcuk us off when we need him most.

  • 26 TorqToon // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    TS – I think the Norwich link is pure fabrication to be honest – to try and take emphasis off their #1 target in Celtic’s Hooper.

    Can’t see why they would pay £10mil for RVW when they can pay £8mil for hooper. Personally I rate RVW much higher and would light up the premiership. Will search for a good video of him for those who haven’t seen much of the lad.

  • 27 bills-son // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Ashley stuck by Colo (and Nolan, Barton, Enrique, Jonas ie., the £40K-£90K earners) when he had ‘personal problems’ when those players got us relegated. Ashley didn’t say – sorry guys I cant honour your contracts now.

    So – Colo – you want to leave, you can, pay £7M. If you don’t pay you stay until some club does. Dead simple.

    Ashley is absolutely right in this. If he caves in on this how many other ‘personal problems’ will he have do deal with in the future/ Exactly!

  • 28 nick_9 // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Bills – or nobody wanted them? same old story on this blog. Arguments being argued all the time with nobody willing to budge. Ashley sucks, no Ashley is great, blah blah blah

  • 29 Wayayman // Jan 25, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    @hadthetshirt Totally agree, but, if it is a medical problem rather than a personal one, I honestly think this would have been handled much, much differently by the club.
    There’s no way they’d expect him to stay here in the short term at least, and there’s no chance they’d be involving lawyers.
    Some things in life put football into perspective and serious illness is one of them. As much as Ashley seems like a bit of a pig-headed stubborn twat (until about 3 days ago anyway) the bloke is human and I’m sure he’d let Colo leave, even if it was just temporarily.
    Think of the players reactions too, they’ve all been very quiet on it. Usually if there’s a problem like serious illness (god forbid) to one of their team mates or their family then you’d expect your team mates to be sympatheic and have your back.
    Colo hasn’t got his wish to leave, and he even turned up for training the day after. Tell me, if it was an illness in the family, would you do the same? No, me either, I’d be on the first plane back home, bollox to the consequences.

  • 30 stuart no9 // Jan 25, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    reluctantly i have to say i agree with ashley on this one. he signed a contract just last year, if he has problems it makes it difficult to keep it together on the pitch,but he needs to sort them out. expecting ash to give him away for nowt is not an option. i
    if lorenzo want him- buy him , if they cant tough- we are not a charity to suppyl other clubs around the world with star players.if collo wants out – he pays. simple as that.

  • 31 Spotlight Kid // Jan 25, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Ed, you are such a short-sighted corporate man at times, and your tone here is again so annoyingly patronising. Colo is one of the only consistent performers at the club. Had Ashley and Llambias (forget Pardew, he’s past hope) given even half the level of the competence & professionalism Colo has over the years, this club wouldn’t find itself in self inflicted crisis after crisis.

    The transfer system, footballers as chattel to be bought and sold leaves me cold. Every other EU employee is free to leave or resign from a company at any time – even at IBM. Certainly a period of emotional leave would not have gone amiss. This hard-man Ashley approach will backfire, as has everything else he has gambled on. And just because he has finally spent the Carrol cash he’s been sitting on doesn’t suddenly make him St. Theresa of St James’ Park – FFS!

    However I have no doubt your core correspondents now have forgiven Ashley for all his sins because he has brought in a shower of exotic but unproven Frenchmen – still under the revered auspices of the consistently incompetent Pardew.

    Don’t expect any meaningful silverware within your lifetime, folks… But, hey, avoiding relegation is as good as a promotion according to Pards.

  • 32 geordiesteve520 // Jan 25, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Right, this is just a rumour I have heard so don’t shoot me for relaying it to you – from a normally reliable source. I’ve heard that Colo’s been a bit of a naughty boy and has got some lass ‘up the duff’ and wife has buggered off with the kids. Could just be pure lies but like I said, you never know.

  • 33 toonaids // Jan 25, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Aye ive heard the same, hes been bucking some lass up in cramlington and his wife found out and has flew back to argentina with sheer embarressement. hes gonna have a little geordie colo so at least there’s a future prospects that colo will be with us in at least…………9 months

  • 34 stuart no9 // Jan 25, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    spotlight. i know where your coming from regarding ashley and pardew- i really do. yep these are exotic and unproven players in our league, however we have them.
    our squad now looks a bit more healthy than last week . can we survive ? i dont know. it certainly hasnt changed my mind on what i think of ashley- it will take more than signing a few players before i take him seriously as an owner with ambition.
    as for pardew ! wait and see . can he change his approach to games from – not losing to – winning. there will be no hiding place now for him if we are still served up, negative boring long ball tactics. its not the players i am worried about – its him!

  • 35 stuart no9 // Jan 25, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    geordiesteve@32 that rumour is the worst kept secret in football . its been going around for months.

  • 36 geordiesteve520 // Jan 25, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    It’s never been mentioned once (on this site, the only blog I visit), since this kicked off so was just pointing out the obvious.

  • 37 stuart no9 // Jan 25, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    geordiesteve . na mate it was mentioned weeks ago, every one suspected that could be the case, however, it seems more likely he has some sort of family problems regarding his wifes health or maybe his father is trying to get him to play for lorenzo , a team his father is connected with. the affair issue could still be. no one really knows.

  • 38 Premiership Manager // Jan 25, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    There are a lot of things going on at the club and I dare say that the lack of commitment from the board prior to the window combined with BA leaving the club have bought things to a head including Colo’s desire to leave the club, however you have to bear in mind that to date he still has not submitted a transfer request and that speaks volumes.

    In his first year at the club he was abysmal but we stuck with him, in the second year he improved and in the third year he became the player worthy of the 10M price we paid for him.

    He earned his new contract however the club owe him nothing as we invested a lot of money in the player and as such he should be rightly held to contract until another club place an offer that meets the clubs valuation.

    I have a feeling that now that the club has shown some ambition and signed some very good players all this talk of leaving the club will disappear once results start to pick up.

  • 39 @lukehodge_ // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    @toonarmydownsouth i would love us to go in for williams, that would be a great replacement for collo.. but i dont think williams would actually want to come to the toon!




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