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Strange Open Letter From Coloccini Thanking San Lorenzo

5:20 pm, Saturday, January 26th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 213 Comments

The Newcastle captain  Fabricio Coloccini has issued a statement thanking FC San Lorenzo for trying to take him back to Argentina this month, but he says nothing at all about what he put Newcastle United through over the last few weeks – which was linked with him wanting to return to South America because of  some personal situation with his family – who have already returned to Argentina.

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Fab Coloccini - says nothing at all about Newcastle’s plight in his statement

The 31-year-old has sent an open letter to FC San Lorenzo, and he expresses his attitude to the club – but we think this is a PR mistake by the Newcastle captain.

The letter reads as follows:

“To my San Lorencista family.”

“I write these lines from a long way away where I am missing my country, my family and my close ones. And with sadness of knowing that after a series of meetings held here in Newcastle that my return to Argentina has been momentarily suspended.”  “Unfortunately, life does not always end up like you wanted it or needed it to, many times is it influenced by third parties and the rigidities of contracts that are stronger than the will of one’s own desires.”

“Unfortunately, life does not always end up like you wanted it or needed it to, many times is it influenced by third parties and the rigidities of contracts that are stronger than the will of one’s own desires.”  “However, I am convinced that this moment of disappointment need not be an obstacle for me to declare my profound gratitude to each and every one of you for the affection and the support that you all have provided me during these past few months, in every way imaginable.”

“I wish to thank the authorities at San Lorenzo del Almagro and especially show my gratitude to the President, Dr Matias Lammens and vice president, Mr Marcelo Tinelli, for all the affection, support and understanding they have afforded me and who from the first moment, without any reservations or conditions, were interested in my personal and family situation and who put themselves at my disposal.

“Essentially, I want to thank the enormous effort made by them, from every point of view, to remove whatever difficulties I may have come in touch with.”

Is Coloccini hopping they will come back for him in the summer – that’s certainly a possibility.

It’s a strange statement from the Newcastle captain, and will be greeted with some skepticism by Newcastle fans –  as the captain says nothing at all about Newcastle’s side of the situation – like losing a £7M rated player for nothing.

We think Coloccini would have been better advised to have not released this statement publicly – and if he wanted to thank the club club in Argentina – he should have done so privately.

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Tags: Contracts · Fabricio Coloccini · Transfer News and Rumours





213 responses so far ↓

  • 1 nick_9 // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Ed is Colo that stressed he is repeating himself?

  • 2 noladonna // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    go give your head a good wobble colocinni mate

  • 3 santonthenewmaldini // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Bit worried if we get this PEA he will be a flop

    Just seems like the type of player who will be good in France we spend a good bit and then he will flop feel the same way about RVW as well just think both of them would be far 2 weak to play in the Premier league

    We need a Lukaku type of striker quick and built like a tank who can dominate defenders

    Also I dont think PEA really wants to come here let him go to City in the summer and rot on the bench for a few seasons as he is not good enough to play with them either

    Also this Colo thing is disgraceful if that letter and statement is true he should be stripped of the captaincy and Saylor should play at Villa with Mbiwa as its obvious his heads not right Villa game will be an easier game for our defenders

    Dont want Colo having a nightmare against Spurs or Chelsea as we could get destroyed if our defenders are not at the top of the game

  • 4 JackButler // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Nufc officials enroute to Portugal R.V.W

  • 5 archaeomag // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    I for one would miss the reassurance of his hair at the back.

  • 6 archaeomag // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Rip Van Winkle ?

    wow

  • 7 Lew Davies // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Absolute effing disgrace from Colo.
    Outrageous :evil:

  • 8 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    …must say he’s not winning me over :(

    By the way have we signed anyone today? lol

  • 9 Nufcjoss // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    what do colo wanna accomplish with this? Is it a “hope you feel bad. newcastle” sort of announcementæ? Love this player, great man, but he sure must know that 7 mill is not something we just can live without

  • 10 nick_9 // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    JB – hope that’s true, I feel we need another striker and our scouting department have a pretty decent track record lately. Seen reports our business is over but I’d really like an additional striker. I might even like that Facebook page of you do buy us one Mike.

  • 11 Santon03 // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Regarding Colo letter to san lorenzo supporters, it’s more like he’s trying to calm them down, because they probably feel angry and dissapointed that NUFC not allowing him to leave.
    I have a feeling with these new signings and with the changes, he will stay until the end of his contract.
    With all these excitements happening in the club, who wouldn’t want to be part of it. It is certainly lift things up even within supporters.

  • 12 Unbelievable Tekkers // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    @Jack Butler

    Where you getting that from mate?
    This whole RVW is a strange one there are a lot of stories saying we are after him and plenty saying we definitely aren’t….hmmm!

  • 13 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    I still rather want a striker that can play wide on the left – I am not really looking forward for another season of 4-4-2!

  • 14 JackButler // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Don’t know how Mich truth there is in that story so we’ll have to wait and see. Would love to see whom here though, great player and just the type we need to cap an amazing window

  • 15 dembademba // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    team for villa should be

    krul
    debuchy – yanga – colo – santon
    anita – cabaye – sissoko
    goufran – cisse – marv

    thats what i hope, although jonas is bound to start ashe covers santons a-hole… prob ahead of sissoko as hes the last one in

    I have no hard feelings against colo, great man, great pro, great player. got no qualms about his continued captaincy nor his future performances in the black and white

  • 16 JackButler // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Sorry for spelling damn predictive .txt

  • 17 dembademba // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    i’d have aubamayang over rvw everyday. pea is fast and strong, rvw would be more likely to flop i thinl

  • 18 geordiejamie89 // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    He obviously has no care for the fans. I hope he plays well for the rest of the season, and then gets his wish so we don’t have to put up with his attitude. It’s not Newcastle’s fault his wife left him.

  • 19 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Poor millionaire :) . I love you to bits collo but you have to suck it up m8, you can’t have your cake and eat it. Leaving us high and dry in a relegation scrap would have been a low blow but I am glad you have come to your senses.

  • 20 dembademba // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    boudebouz would be ideal on the left of a front 3 !

  • 21 nick_9 // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Santon – I reckon he is gone in the summer. Lets face it we are going to have a fight on for the top ten now and he still wants to leave. He says his move to Argentina has been “momentarily suspended” and Pardew said he needs to stay and ensure people do not lose their jobs again in the summer if we are relegated. I’m glad he is staying until the summer and hopefully giving his all. If will be easier to replace him in the Summer as not everyone wants to move teams mid season.

  • 22 dembademba // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    or tom ince as he’s english, would prefer that i guess

  • 23 geordie157 // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Aubameyang would be good, better than wolfswinkel. If Liverpool are signing coutinho, can we sign ince or do blackpool want stupid money for him?

  • 24 dembademba // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    I’m sorry but you can’t expect an argentinian who plays in england to care for the fans of the club he plays for more than the welfare of his family… deluded

  • 25 Unbelievable Tekkers // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    DembaDemba

    Tbh you can never tell if a foreigner is going to do well or flop until they are here. I dont understand the people saying that PEA and RVW will flop cuz they arent big and strong. There are plenty of top strikers around who play up top by themselves who arent big and strong…RVP for one!

  • 26 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Bullshit, i find it hard to believe Colocinni wrote that. What is the source? Is it credible?

  • 27 Jayden // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Actually, dembademba, we’re asking him to stick to the contract HE signed…

  • 28 p // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Do we know what collo’s issue is yet?

  • 29 archaeomag // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Colo is clearly between a rock and a hard place and I would be disappointed if the fans don’t support him; this is grown up stuff.

  • 30 Steve_48 // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    I heard that Colo has played away with some lass from Cramlington and his Mrs has issued a her or me statement – anyone else heard this or anything else on the “personal circumstances”?

  • 31 dembademba // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    ive just seen and heard a bit more about pea tbh, and he sounds pretty good. dont know much about rvw, maybe its just the fact he has wolfswinkel in his name that makes me think he will flop….

    lol

  • 32 croftus5678 // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    collo the player is what we need but collo the man does not want to be here by the looks of it !

    we have mbiwa now who could potentially replace him as captain and leader but that puts us back to square one.

    i personally think we will get the same cry’s from him during the summer but if he’s making life hard on us we should not give him his own way they need to pay atleast 5mil for him so we can atleast sign another defender come the and of the season,

  • 33 mot7 // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    He should shut his gob and get on with what he is paid to do , And san whoever should have been told to F***K off as soon as no bid was put in . NUFC arnt holding a gun to his head if he doesnt like then colo can F***k OFF aswell .
    Please ashley buy another top cb and dump this argie turncoat in the reserves we dont need a half hearted player when we are in a fight to stay up.

  • 34 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    @ Dembademba

    Were not saying he should chose us over his family that would be crazy but we have shown nothing but love for the guy and he has been our top wage earner at the club for the last few years so the least I would expect from him is some respect and to leave us now would not have been acceptable IMO.

  • 35 p // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    @30 that was a rumour basically started on hear, doubt it is true

    Pardew did seem to have genuine co passion for him in statements i saw

    Not sure he would if his personal problems was simply that he could not control his trouser snake

  • 36 archaeomag // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Steve_48
    I understand the guy has children and I think we should confine our discussion to football

  • 37 Barton // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Are we sure this letter is genuine or is it a fake?

  • 38 dembademba // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    dont get me wrong, its a hard situation and he shouldnt have signed the contract if he thought he would want to go home sooner rather than later.

    but i knew he wouldnt go this window because it simply wasnt feasible in the slightest. our highest paid player, in a long contract with a club wanting him with no money. its a rare situation.

    All i meant was that you cant expect him to be thinking ‘im more worried about letting the fans down so i wont leave’ instead of ‘ideally i need to leave in order to save my marriage and be with my kids’

  • 39 JTOONJ // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Pretty sure mbwia has the potential to be better than colo!

  • 40 89Norcal // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    At least colo is handling his mistakes like a man, and paying the responsibilities he still owes to the club. Still wondering what will happen in the summer. San Lorenzo still won’t be a able to afford him.

  • 41 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    PEA or RVW i think RVW is more realistic to come lets wait and see we have added some quality this window

  • 42 clinath@ed // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    At the risk of being called a sh!t load of names again, I think Colo’s performances over the next few months may define where we end up attend of this season.

  • 43 alanrichie // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    That group is getting alot of likes now, Maybe Ashley aint so bad after all?

    https://www.facebook.com/ThanksForAllTheJanuarySigningsMrMikeCashley

  • 44 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Alderwireld in the summer then :)

  • 45 dembademba // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    i dont think he’s been disrespectful to us, he has been playing well recently, going to training not kicking up a fuss. he has tried to leave the proper way – with only one club in mind – he’s no way trying to leave for more money or anything like that.. its a personal situation, he plays for our club but hes not our slave

    as i said i have no worries regarding his performances, he’s been a great player for us so maybe in the summer we’l let him go for cheap because he may argue its the least he deserves… its not like all promises made to him when he signed have been kept

  • 46 Steve_48 // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Free country, just expressing my views @archaeomag // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:49 PM.

    This “personal circumstances” has been way overplayed for me; furthermore, if people don’t want to know what these personal circumstances are then stop asking the questions.

    Ever since this debacle began people have been asking the questions and as he’s one of our top earners, he has a contract, he has to stay. He’s earned millions playing for us and if he can’t be bothered to buy his way out of his contract because San Lorenzo are hopeing silly little NUFC will release him then someone had better put a pot of coffee on – football is business now, and he had better realise that – he signed a 5 years deal, under advice from his agent [the leeches of fottball] and now becuse he might have been found out for playing away from home, he plays the crocodile tears card and expects NUFC to relase him? Get real man this is the real world and business does not work like that. If we release him and off he pops back to Argentina, within 5 minutes he’s be pi$$ing himself on twitter saying what mugs we are, the The Sun will pick it up and NUFC will be again for all the wrong reason, back page news.

    Be a man, you have a contract, honour it, stay until end of season then someone has to buy you out from your 4 remainin years.

    Views anyone?

  • 47 dembademba // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    he stayed when we got relegated ffs and got us straight back up. its not great timing as we’re in an awkward position but show him some respect

  • 48 archaeomag // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    @clinath@ed

    You forget Saylor and Perch and Moupou[?] and Willo may come good. . .

  • 49 roe997 // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Ha ha just seen arry candle wax face rednecks rant about how shit his players are on ssn hahahahahahaha…. Rant on prick, ha diabolical defending ha oh remy why oh why….

  • 50 Steve_48 // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Willo might come good? FFS get real, he gets slagged off every week on here – inconsistency is his partner. If we’re serious about climbing the table we need a player who commands the 18 yard line, and does not give away penalities.

  • 51 Tekkers29 // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    sorry but some people need to stop looking at this through the selfish eyes of a football fan. just imagine if you had personal issues and wanted to move back home to newcastle but you were being stopped and people saying the letter does not mention newcastle, why would it mention us when it’s a letter to san lorenzo and their fans.

  • 52 dembademba // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    steve 48

    Be a man? honour it?

    he is being a man by trying to do what is best for his family but also by not going awol from training and giving solid performances for us when all around him are screwing up.

    i definitely agree his performances are key to where we’l finish this season, but i dont see his performances getting worse at all as hes a great MAN

  • 53 archaeomag // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    @Steve_48
    Bit harsh . .walk a mile in someone elses shoes . . he may do a job that we all would love to do , but he hurts like the rest of us.

    It will be interesting to see how he gets on

  • 54 nufc1984 // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    A guy on twitter posted a pic taken this morning at an indoor football place where colo was watching his kids play football and got a pic with him and his son. Don’t sound like his family is back in argy to me/ maybe just his missus? But if it was that serious ie an illness surely the club would let him go back over there just to c her. I reckon the affair story is true.

  • 55 dembademba // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    couldnt agree more.. great tekkers 29 ;)

  • 56 Santon03 // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    nick9

    I think he will stay, maybe situation with his family will change. Even if nothing change, I don’t think san lorenzo can’t afford what MA is asking for Colo, letting him go for free is definitely not in MA dictionary If san lorenzo is the only place he wants to go.

  • 57 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    @ dembademba

    We (the fans) pay his wages and chant his name for kicking a ball around every week. Is that not respectful ?

  • 58 mot7 // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    STEVE 48

    Totaly agree im as botherd about colos marrige as he is about mine .
    The harsh fact is my wages go to help pay his wages so im only botherd about what he does on the the pitch as for people saying he try to leave the right way well thats bollocks . The captain of our club wanting to up sticks back home for free during a relegation fight then sending arse kissing letter to another club i feel cheated on never mind the missus

  • 59 PhillNUFC // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    I’m sorry but after all of this i don’t see how he can still captain the team.

    He has my sympathy for what im sure is a difficult situation he is in but attempting a move to another club for free at a crucial part of the season for Newcastle is disgraceful especially since he doesn’t seem to care about what hes put Newcastle through

  • 60 croftus5678 // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    the letter has not been translated properly.

    the black and white of the letter he’s sent to them say’s
    theres problems with himself and his family that he did not want to make public and that it was all at san lorenzo fc that took little notice of football as a business and did everything they could to help collo the person by trying to help him in everyway they could.
    i.e newcastle wanted him to uphold his contract (rightly) but collo is under the impression san lorenzo was not interested that they would be getting a world class footballer to play for them for nothing (as i’m sure if he was a vauxhall confrence player they would have done the same thing for him :-) )

  • 61 archaeomag // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    @nufc1984
    What’s it to you?

  • 62 p // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Well i think collo should stay for the rest of the season.

    After that then he should be loaned to san lorenzo until the remainder of his contract with no wage cost to nufc

    That way we still “own” him and he can’t take advantage of any compassion showed to hi

  • 63 dembademba // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    he has been our best player bar none for the past 4/5 years, quality through and through.

    if he really, really, really wants to go back this summer we should allow him too go for a cut down price – not for nothing – but for quite cheap.. he deserves it

    i’d obviously rather he stayed with us for the next few years tho

  • 64 noladonna // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    im not sure about pea or rvw seen these play a few times and neither has stood out to me i think we have enough now to stay up or maybe bring in a loan striker, but in the summer i would be all over either lukaku or benteke or maybe hunterlaar with mertens in aswell also be nice to get sakho then sell colocinni and jonas and either willo/perch both shit players

  • 65 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Can we really keep him as captain if we think his head is not in the right place???

  • 66 proudtobageordie // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Mutiny

    Agree with you mate there is no way colo wrote that or it has been mistranslated. Both the same really lol. As for a striker I think we will submit a improved offer for pea and iff that is rejected we will go for wolfs winkle as plan b. this is not fact if spread is about it is personal opinion lol

  • 67 Dondatta13 // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    This whole Colo situation…

    (the following is more a question and definately not a statement).

    Now im sure we’ve all heard Cramlington mentioned but…

    With the release of this aledged statement by our Captain, I’m starting to imagine sinister things going on over in Argentina… Like organised crime lords threatening family members or something?

    To me the statement reads like it’s almost ment for a third party. It makes absolutely no sence what so ever releasing an open letter like that. Im sure he has the chairmans mobile number.

    Whats the deal here?

  • 68 Santon03 // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    tekkers29

    it’s not selfish eyes of football fan, it’s called reality.
    he just signed a contract and now he wants to break it off just because home sick or sick wife is just ridiculous.
    Imagine if you just invested millions and suddenly he want to go for free, and if he is forcing the issue then he is the one who is being selfish and unprofessional.

  • 69 No Plain Saylor // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    I have no idea what this mop headed tit is trying to achieve with this open letter? If he wanted to thank San Lorenzo surely a phone call to his big mouthed father would suffice? An open letter, all he’s doing that for is to basically say ”Hey Newcastle I’m unhappy.. sound.” No other reason, and no mention of the nufc fans who have sang his name at games and supported him with absolutely no info on why he wants to leave our club? No mention of the nufc staff and players who im sure have helped him along lately a damn sight more than being on the phone to argentina.. Strip this muppet of the captaincy, its no way for a leader to act, and just goes to prove he isnt one. And if his heads not right don’t even play him.

  • 70 bills-son // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Colo says – “the rigidities of contracts that are stronger than the will of one’s own desires.”

    EXACTLY!! Thats why we have contracts. If you don’t people, including footballers, would just renege on verbal agreements and do what the fk they liked further down the line. Depending on what Colo’s personal circumstances actually are I might have some sympathy with him. But he has to understand that the club paid £10M for him + a huge investment in wages. If the situation is so desperate there is absolutely no reason why he cant pay a few million to NUFC himself and San Lorenzo a few mill as well.

    Expecting NUFC to just let him walk away for nowt – and then bleating about it in this soppy open letter – is not the attitude or behaviour Colo should be displaying.

    Can you imagine if Messi – all £150M worth – decided he had ‘personal problems’ and San Lorenzo said they’d take him for nowt??!! Never mind Ashley being thrifty with his signings, this San Lorenzo owner takes the fkn biscuit by a mile.

  • 71 dembademba // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    big pappa cisse

    we all respect him as a player beacuse he is great, but he respects us as fans by not going awol and giving great performances.

    i understand its not everyone but those who dont should respect him as a man, for all hes done for the club and for wanting to do the right thing by his wife.

    i dont think he is wanting to leave for selfish reasons at all, therefore we should not have a go at him. but sing his name louder and convince him to stay maybe !

  • 72 Kc-Toon // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    The letter was publicised on the official san lorenzo website,. it showed an image of a scanned letter with colos signature at the bottom. Either san lorenzo are stirring shit, or this a genuine letter written by colo

  • 73 Santon03 // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    this colo’s stuffs just doesn’t add up, it’s just so weird with his wife as an excuse and his dad, also with the timing. it’s just doesn’t make any sense at all.

  • 74 gonufc (up and Hatem) // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    He never seemed to find his contract so strange when it’s giving him 50 grand a week (or more). I mean, for goodness sake, show at least a little gratitude to Newcastle and perspective that we’re not going to simply GIVE away our team captain and best defender!

    Crikey…..

  • 75 yo-yo // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    QPR getting dumped at home is great news.

    Interesting that Giroud is scoring now for fun – we MUST let our new guys settle and not put too much pressure on them. Results first and style second for the next 15 games. Do not want any 1-0 losses where we play fantastic but get beat.

  • 76 clinath@ed // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    archaeomag…..It’s not a matter of forgetting the alternatives, whether he plays or not he WILL affect the results in future games. If the club don’t intend to play him, why keep him hanging around, risking disruption within the squad

  • 77 nick_9 // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Alan Richie – that’s about the fifth time I’ve seen you plug that Facebook page today. Didn’t happen to create it did you?

  • 78 dembademba // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    i dont think we’l let him go for free at all, maybe in the summer we would sell him to san lorenzo for 3 – 4 million, if it was anyone else it would be closer to 15 im sure but its life, shit happens

  • 79 archaeomag // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    @Big Pappa Cissé
    . . . . . .Well it is mostly Sky that pays his wages, but the Fans help keep the lights on at the stadium.

    We need him to play well, lets get behind the guy.

  • 80 proudtobageordie // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Kc toon

    San Lorenzo have been stirring shit all month. Do you really think colo would go public with such a letter. He would of broken his contract by such I presume. If it is true well he should be stripped of the captaincy and banished to the reserves till the summer

  • 81 PhillNUFC // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    @dembademba
    best player for the last 5 year? his first season he was terrible second season he was playing in the championship (an apparent 10m rated cb) in the first season back in the prem id say he was good but other players played just as good as him. last season id say krul and ba probably played better than him and this season he has been great right up until now when he tries to leave Newcastle when they have a relegation battle on.

    also ashley and llambias will never let him go cut price and tbh i wouldnt let him go either

  • 82 dembademba // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    if they cant stump up that small fee he won’t go at all, simple and he understands that

  • 83 archaeomag // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    . .just as clinath@ed says !

  • 84 yo-yo // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    bills-son

    Exactly – we all have pressures and shite happens – sometimes we have to wait to get what we want because we have other responsibilities.

    My view of pro footballers as a bunch of total prima donnas has been reinforced by this drivel. I hope its a fake.

  • 85 dembademba // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Colo is by far our best player and has been for the past 4 years, i stand by that absolutely

  • 86 Santon03 // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    with great applause and supportive banners will help Colo’s spirit

  • 87 No Plain Saylor // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    He has cost newcastle over 21 million so far, between 10.4 million transfer fee and wages. He is on 60,000 a week, now I’m pretty sure a lor of the reders of this blog have personal problems on occassion but we still tramp out to our jobs, and get on with it. He has to understand (sharpish if he wants the fans to still respect him) newcastle invested a lot of money in him, he signed a new contract last year, he is not walking for free, and i cant imagine a personal sitution that newcastle wouldnt help him through, plus unfortunately money does make the world go round and for the right price whatever he needs can happen. Sick of the winging.

  • 88 cockneymagpie90 // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    I think our stringest team providing knowone else comes and goes is as follows…
    4231

    KRUL
    DEBUCHY-MBIWA-COLO-SANTON
    SISSOKO/ANITA-TIOTE
    BENARFA-CABAYE-MARVO/GOUFFRAN
    CISSE

    for villa id same back four, id have Sissoko and Anita in the DM Roles and switch either Marv or Gouffran to the LAM position.

    Should give them a right pasting with that team, especially when there are having a dreadful run of form.

    I just hope Pardews on the same thinking as myself and many other fans but i have a huge feeling hell play Willo, Jonas and Shola.

    I hope to God he doesnt but this is Pardew im on about, crazy things can happen!

  • 89 cockneymagpie90 // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    RAM*

  • 90 dembademba // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    maybe that small fee we would let him go for is the 7 mil that was banded around.. if he doesnt want to be here, let him go if we can get that money, if not he stays, simple

  • 91 Kc-Toon // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    @proud
    For someone who has been so well respected for years at the club, it certainly doesn’t suit his personality. If true he has no commitment to newcastle, his head wont be in the right place on match days, and wont be half the player weve seen last year
    https://twitter.com/SanLorenzo/status/294885360591306752/photo/1
    official link if anybodys intrested

  • 92 clinath@ed // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Pardew coming out and stating Colo remains captain is perhaps the first steps by the club in helping Colo to get his head right. The alternative is in no ones interest at all.

  • 93 dembademba // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    its not like hes trying to do us over, but yeah santons right, just support him and he’l be more likely to stay. he needs to be in our first team, despite our signings – and yes yanga could well end up better than him – our squad would be a lot weaker without him

  • 94 nick_9 // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    The worst thing about the letter is that colo hasn’t addressed us loyal fans who sing his name and contribute to a revenue pool that pays his wages. Why hasn’t he released a statement to us? We have not wright to be angry than any San Lorenzo fan…..

    Why are we left in the dark?

  • 95 Mychal // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Anyone think the Benteke transfer request rumors are true? Would love if we signed him.

  • 96 TonyGreenSupreme // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Off topic, re the banner can anyone tell me the identiy of the player on Pardew’s left shoulder between Obertan and Simpson?

  • 97 croftus5678 // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    we allready said san lorenzo could have him for 7mil which is basically just paying his wages for the 4 years and he’s worth a hell of a lot more than that !
    i think collo is just backside licking lorenzo to try forcing a move and pards said the same personal matters was happening when he decided to sign the contract extension so i think its rubbish and only because there was a risk of relegation and he did not want to be involved in it again.
    i bet if we start pulling results together and climbing up the table he will put a statement out in a few month’s time saying he’s happy and very settled at the toon and all that rubbish.

  • 98 nick_9 // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    more right* damn phone

  • 99 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Does anyone on here actually know the stone wall truth on the Collo situation and not just guesswork. So far I have heard that he has cheated on his wife or that his wife is ill. are either of those correct or Is it something else ?

  • 100 yorkymag // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    I would take a very different view
    I am not sure he is in the best place for whatever reasons ,let him without sin cast the first stone and all that
    But I am worried about his form ,he has not been great this year and for me there had to be a way out
    Reading between the lines In his statementm he might as well have said those nice people in argentina and those bastards in Newcastle
    Of course we can always enforce his contract ,that does not unfortunately mean he will feel too good about it
    Work a way and get rid for all our sake

  • 101 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    @ Tony

    Bigirimana

  • 102 clinath@ed // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Colo like the ball at his feet, holding the ball until the right “pass” is available, or is prepared to carry the ball out of defence. On the other hand Williamson’s first thought is not to get caught in possession….having Mbiwa alongside Colo, who I’m led to believe plays the same way as him, should give a settled and controlled base in the heart of our defence. Mbiwa’s extra pace will also allow us to safely hold a higher defensive line, compressing the game in the opponents half.

  • 103 archaeomag // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Still think we are short up front Yoan Gouffran is more like a Løvenkrands replacement, we need a ‘Ba’ / Best replacement.

  • 104 TonyGreenSupreme // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    BPC,
    Cheers mate, looks nowt like him!!

  • 105 nufc1984 // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Archaeomag – I was making an observation tht his kids are still here yet he wants to go back to Argentina for personal reasons. The situation is weird that’s all. your on a forum discussing the subject. So expect opinions either way. I’m just saying if he’s had an affair the fans will likely not be so supportive of him trying to engineer a move coz he’s in trouble with the missus.

  • 106 Wandering Geordie // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    How to we really know that Colocha actually scribed it?Most probably his agent or father

  • 107 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Well the whole colo situation is an absolute mess tbh
    No one has done themselves proud in this
    A) the club
    Why grovell and plead with him? Because your statements make it sound like you had to absolutly beg him too stay, if a player doesnt want to be here why plead with him?
    B) San lorenzo and colo senior, what a bunch if vultures, acted like proper tw@’s and dont know why we haven’t taken action against them
    C) Colo himself
    No one can deny he wants out, but why not a statement to the fans who have helped you become captain after a torrid start to your toon career, doesnt have to be a “i love the club im not going anywhere” statement were not idiots but just make your intentions clear because atm your acting worse than demba
    And why only lorenzo if your desperate to return to argentina? I know dear old daddy works there but there are plenty of clubs who could pay a fee if you were so desperate to go home, the whole think stinks of BS tbh

    Part if me thinks the club should of bought in alderwield/williams and just let him go
    Wheres the point if a captain who doesnt want too play for the club?
    If he’s been told he has too stay until the summer then get your head down and concentrate on your football but he shouldnt be wearing the armband

  • 108 Dannyo // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    I cannot stop laughing, SAFC might actually aquire the services of Paul Scharner…

  • 109 mot7 // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Why san lorenzo is there no teams a bit better off in argentina that are willing to buy him .
    I under stand the father connection but why push to go there ..
    If colo wants to keep the respect of the fans he should come out and say he will leave in the summer but untill then he will give his all to nufc and hope that the fans respect his wishes . Then i might back him

  • 110 nufc1984 // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Dannyo – oh dear I can imagine kets taking the news very badly. I think that may test his allegiance come the derby!!:-)

  • 111 Phoenix // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Saturday, 26th January, 2013

    Newcastle United are on the tail of Standard Liege midfielder William Vainqueur.

    The Magpies, who have been extremely active during the winter transfer window, are preparing an offer for the 24-year-old midfielder, according to Belgian daily Derniere Heure.

    Read more at http://www.insidefutbol.com/2013/01/26/newcastle-united-on-tail-of-standard-liege-schemer-william-vainqueur/77980/#vQRIjrjdzzC0LxCw.99

  • 112 croftus5678 // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    i would not worry too much about him being captain tbh as we are getting strong persons on the field now cabaye and marv take over the freekicks ect with collo not in sight same with ref discussions and now we have sissoko and mbiwa who are not persons to be bullied around either i think we have leaders all over the park now (not sure how good gouffran is at communication tbh but seeing as cisse never learns anyways :-) )

  • 113 geordiefromthemidlands // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    NUFCfans.co.uk (@nufcfans) tweeted at 6:41 PM on Sat, Jan 26, 2013:According to Belgian daily Derniere Heure, #NUFC are preparing an offer for Standard Liege midfielder William Vainqueur.(https://twitter.com/nufcfans/status/295240153851654144)

  • 114 archaeomag // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    @nufc1984
    Because their kid involoved
    I don’t think we should discuss it on this excellent and popular public Blog. Period.

    Happy to discuss his hair and many know, He is our Fellaini and important to the look of the team.

  • 115 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Phoenix
    We were linked with him at the start of the month, dont know much about him tbh seems to be a story that wor Ed didnt pick up on!!

  • 116 archaeomag // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    OMG they are putting something in Big Mike’s tea.

  • 117 nufc1984 // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Archaeomag- I’m not telling u his kids names ages and where they go to school. I mentioned them, period. Everyone knows he has them. Don’t be such a drama queen!!

  • 118 Phoenix // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    I did think another midfielder

  • 119 Mister Tuff // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Ref the Colo situation.
    I think that there has been doubt cast upon the authenticity of the Colo letter, unless he clarifies the position we should disregard it.
    As for an earlier poster stating that Colo is now dealing with the situation like a man -get real – it’s the club saying honour your contract or you get sued.
    In any other club – a request to leave -would automatically result in being removed from the first team squad and certainly stripped of the captaincy.
    I would be the first to criticise the club if his wife was genuinely ill and they refused to give him some time off to get back home. I would be criticising them for not showing any human compassion.
    In the PR world the phrase “personal problems” is usually a euphemism for “shagging”.
    The Toon are saying the matter is resolved -it clearly is not. But it would appear that Percy Panais is backing Colo. We are really just going to have to wait to see what unfolds in the coming weeks.
    It is certainly an issue, whilst not overshadowing our spectacular January window, will probably rear its’ ugly head again.

  • 120 archaeomag // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    @nufc1984
    My appologies – let’s not spoil a day when QPR have lost

  • 121 89Norcal // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    tbh I hope we slow down buying in France. It’s great savings but maybe we should have a LITTLE diversity in the team :)

  • 122 archaeomag // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    . . .and the sky over St James has turned dark with the host of moths escaping from someones wallet . .

  • 123 archaeomag // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    . . .causing heavy snow fall throughout the region .

  • 124 toonluvva // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    If Colo wants to return to Argentina in the summer who can afford to buy him.

    As far as I can see San Lorenzo cannot afford him, and Colo does not have the money to buy out the remainder of his contract.

    MA will not want to let him just walk away for free so it looks like the whole sorry saga will re emerge in the summer.

    It’s going to a Ba will he or won’t he all over again.

  • 125 sirtoongospel // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    TADS I agree with you on Colo. Rather than a risky 10 million striker, I think I would rather have another cracking CB for similar money. We just wouldn’t lose games, and we do have firepower at the club already.

    This lette might be rubbish, who knows? But with another top CB we would be in seriously good shape.

    Striker I would like is Shane Long, although Gouffran can probably do a similar job

  • 126 nufc1984 // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Fair do’s archeomag!!:-) lets sweep it under the carpet and join in laughing at floppy chops and his qpr underachievers

  • 127 Mister Tuff // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    89Norcal @121 -I would not despair too much about all the French players -most are young and if they progress, as anticipated, will have an absolutely massive sell on value.
    We should all be aware that our recent purchases will have to be paid for – this will probably be achieved by player(s) being sold in the summer, not now.

  • 128 Lucky Les // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    I put forward the suggestion that Steve Taylor if fit should return as he can be a threat in the air from dead balls as he has proved in the past and Villa look vulnerable to a high ball into the box.

  • 129 Rake // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    I think Big Mike’s big ego was dented by the Remy deal and he’s like f this shit… went on a signing rampage!

  • 130 archaeomag // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Yeah – well -err -we -bin scoutin lee remmick boy for some time, my dog Rosie like the smell of ‘im .

  • 131 coccolini // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Yes okay youtube scouting!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8is55APwpk

    but he still looks like the real deal, sissoko has so much pace and strength. just the right attributes for the BPL

  • 132 aidantoon // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    obvious colo wants to leave!!!! if it was problems with his family I would understand but not just because he wants to play for his home club.he signed a contract and he is captain also, I feel let down by him and passed off at cheeky argy team wanting him for nothing.

  • 133 aidantoon // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    pissed not passed lol

  • 134 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    To the posters wanting Pardew out.

    Pardew will be judged from here on in. Not whats happened from the summer until now. The reason being because essentially this was the squad he should of started the campaign with.

    If he shows that he cannot get results with this squad he will be out of the door. Personally, with these new faces in and with everybody back fit just about. We will climb the table.

    He now has all options available to him plus the strong quality in depth we have needed. We now can play multiple formations with the chance of bringing on good quality players to change games and switch it around when needed if games are not going our way.

    No more fringe players, no more development players. No more players in the 1st team pool who should not be there right now.

    Villa could be to early. These players have not been here 2 minutes. And we also have players coming back in from long lay offs. You cannot expect five players to come in and perform at their 100% straight off the bat. Don’t expect these five players to be playing/starting at villa. They need eased in. And remember dont get on the teams back or Pardews if we do not get a result.

    These aquisitions have been brought in to guarantee our safety over the period until the end of the season. Not to be instant hits. Over the next few months they will be adjusting to there new surroundings getting to know their team mates, coaching staff etc. My point is don’t expect instant results. They need time to bed in and also our current players coming back from injury need games to get up to speed.

    Onwards and upwards. HTL

    Have a pleasant weekend lads

  • 135 sirtoongospel // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Lucky Les, there are loads of fans who want Saylor in alongside Mapou.

    Nice to have the option though eh??? M’Biwa will be our main man at the back though for sure. Impressive fella.

  • 136 Beattie25 // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    I’ve supported NUFC for 20 years and I was thinking about something today.

    Looking back over the 20 years I was wondering what the best squad is I’ve ever seen, and you know what, I think this could be it.

    What do you guys think? Let’s say PL era NUFC, best squad ever?

    I think our only weakness is up front/left wing but there are still a few days yet.

  • 137 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    @ beattie

    Its pretty darn close I can tell you that for free. Whether they can play together and keep hold of them is another matter ;)

  • 138 p // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Toon prodigy – he needs to finish with 50 points or more and he will have my vote for 13/14

  • 139 croftus5678 // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    nope disagree as bad as i think collo is at playing the child in this situation theres surely no doubt collo is two leagues up from saylor in class ,control,position and reading of the game.

    dream team is collo and mbiwa for sure with saylor benched as backup.

    and if collo does go in the summer we need another starting cb imo in his place and there are not many with collo’s quality.

  • 140 jeraziah // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Hm im a bit confused… why are we after William Vainqueur?
    Do we really need another CM/DM?

  • 141 Phoenix // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Talent: Florian Thauvin is one of the best prospects in France (Picture: Getty)
    Arsenal and Newcastle have been told to cough up around £6million if they want to sign Bastia sensation Florian Thauvin, according to reports.

    Thauvin is widely considered one of the best young prospects in France, and has subsequently been gaining growing interest from the Premier League.

    Indeed, it is understood that both Arsenal and Newcastle have made contact with Bastia in the last week over a possible deal, with both keen to do business.

    Magpies manager Alan Pardew is said to have taken his interest a step further by lodging a £3million bid, which was immediately rejected, while Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has also enquired about Thauvin’s availability.

    However, according to the French press, Bastia President Pierre-Marie Geronimi has since written to both clubs and told them they must cough up at least £6million if they want to tempt the Ligue 2 side into selling.

    That’s a fee that is certain to mean Bastia hold onto the player until at least the summer, with neither willing to splash that sort of cash straight away.

    Thauvin is contracted to Bastia until 2015.

  • 142 cndrbrown // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    prodigy. I agree
    If Pardew cant get a win out of Villa, possibly a draw with Chelsea or Tottenham. and a win at Southhampton. Then its time to go. I reckon at least 6 points outta next four games…

  • 143 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Wish colo would just come out and clear all this up for us we desrve to know to know exactly whats going on.

  • 144 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Deserve*

  • 145 croftus5678 // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    the prem has changed from our forrmer good teams though as we was one of maybe 10 teams that had great teams and the rest of the prem had rubbish players now even the teams in the championships have international type players.

    for me our former best players were:
    shearer/ferdinand/asprilla/ginola/beardsley/albert/lee/
    nobby/speed/nolan/gillespie.

    but now….well…..yep its gooooooooood

  • 146 toon smart // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    @ Beattie25

    How about Nacer Chadli as an alternative to Dries Mertens?

    He could be cheaper and younger and plays on the left wing and upfront.

  • 147 Phoenix // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Millwall mauling. Newcastle nuking? What next for Villa? #avfc
    The match reports I’ve been doing of late have been so similar, I need only have changed the oppositions name.

    The words; “set-piece, defeat and humiliation” all feature prominently. It was a relief to be beaten on a Friday night. At least Saturday couldn’t be be ruined.

    Villa are now so bad that a truly awful defeat at Millwall is almost acceptable. It’s bizarre to be a supporter, the apathy of fans is almost matched by the clubs failure to recognise quite how serious a situation we are in. It is glum.

    In a month of 8-0 drubbings, defeat to 4th Division Bradford, Championship Millwall and atrocious displays week on week – the mood is almost that of: “so what?”

    I wrote last week, as have many, of the obvious problems that need to be rectified. However, the failure to address even the simplest of errors, namely corners, borders on professional incompetence. I don’t dislike Lambert, but I’m actually astonished he still has a job. It’s that bad.

    Villa head into a crucial fixture against Newcastle in the worst possible shape. Terrible individual form, even worse collective form, zero confidence and what looks like little motivation for things to change.

    A couple of weeks ago I would have said similar of Newcastle. However, whilst Villa have found new lows the Magpies have sought to address their slide.

    Club captain Collicini has been persuaded to stay until at least the summer and Pardew has made moves in the transfer market. Villa? We’re too busy not practicing defending at Bodymoor Heath to even think about buying anyone!

    The lack of any transfer activity is not just frustrating, it’s soon to be another reason why we will struggle to turn this titanic mess around.

    Positivity is a commodity in really short supply, but then there’s nowhere for it to come from. What is the catalyst for change? Who is the leader at our club? Who will act like a man and haul Villa back into shape?

    How will we beat Newcastle?

    Because we MUST.

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  • 148 cndrbrown // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    And I would like to scratch your guys brain.
    I was jazzed up as ever when we got into Europa. But honestly, its a Mickey Mouse tournament. Stands are empty. etc. Does the Team push on for “status in europe” or just say bugger it and tank at Kharkiv? to focus on the EPL. Is there any prestige in it to attract summer signings? More so than the notion to play at the SJP in front of 52000 mad men? Just curious

  • 149 croftus5678 // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    @147
    nope i think now we are in a perfect position for europe to keep the bench players we have happy and playing.
    great chance at playing hairdryer/cambell/saylor/raylor/bigi ect ect also maybe arfa needs a bit more fitness if he’s fit enough after injury.

    p.s. i would love a cup and any cup will do i dont care if it is a mickey mouse cup.

  • 150 Santon03 // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    this whole thing more I think about it is like Colo stuck in the middle because of his dad is being a dick.
    I just found out that his dad is working in there, it seems like he is taking adavantage of colo currently being unhappy and trying to make some manuvers.
    Colo is a victim of his stupid dad, how can he make a statement to NUFC fans that his dad is a dick.

  • 151 sirtoongospel // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    I think that when you haven’t won a trophy for so long you need to give it a right go.

    P, you say 50 points? That’s a possibility but not a failure if we fell slightly short. My prediction based on our fixtures is 47 points. Someone said earlier that we are 9/1 for a top 10 finish. Worth a daft £20 I think. I will have a little pop at it. Also backed Cisse at 5/1 to finish top scorer a while back which could be on now Demba is away.

  • 152 Beattie25 // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    ToonSmart

    Nacer Chadli or even Ryad Boubedouz.

  • 153 jimmysmith // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    What a bizarre episode. I suppose he plays out the remainder of the season essentially separated from his family while visiting them in Buones Aeres when he can.

    Perhaps there’s some truth in the philandering storiesnor perhaps his wife just couldn’t settle here. Maybe the family should have based themselves in Madrid while Colo played for us. It’s been done before – Owen, Batty. even HBA seems to divide his time between Paris and Newcastle.

    Then again Mrs Colo might not have thought leaving her husband alone in the city was such a good idea, considering the mischief Ruud Gullitt supposedly got up to while his wife was in Holland.

  • 154 JackButler // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    No one knows the truth behind Colo situation. So far it’s been nothing other rumour and conqueture. All I know is that his performances for the team since this story broke have been solid. Do not expect to hear anything from the player or the club anytime soon as there has been a media blackout for far too long for anything to change now. On this letter. Sorry but I simply refuse to believe that he has written it. Judge him on his performances until we know the truth about what’s happened.

  • 155 roe997 // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Ryad boubebouz is the algerian ben arfa. Excellent player but one wonders if he could take pysicality of prem? Can play either wing or just behind striker.i for one would be happy to see him him in black and white

  • 156 beefman13 // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Benteke has just handed in a transfer request? Good kid, really believe we will get a quality striker in before the window ends.

    It is saying something when we are nicking arsenal and ac milan targets! Ie mbiwa n sissoko

    We bloody sell deserve good times at the toon, and gpod football to watch!

  • 157 Beattie25 // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    It is a win win for NUFC.

    Colo will do his talking on the pitch and do his upmost to keep NUFC up and then in the Summer we can get £7 million for a near 32 year old CB and sign someone cheaper and with more potential.

    I.E Alderwiereld

  • 158 Beattie25 // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    roe

    The same was said about Ben Arfa and the physicality of the prem.

    I reckon he can take it and would be simply superb as a SS/LW opposite Ben Afra.

    We’ve been long term admires so I wouldn’t be surprised.

  • 159 croftus5678 // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    well ….seing as we are not going to challenge for anything prem wise this year ! anywhere above relegation is a bonus for me and i will just enjoy cheering them on to the highest position they can reach and hopeing they gel as a team ready for next season when we can hopefully challenge for something.

    and hope we do well in europe now that is getting interesting.

  • 160 Santon03 // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    being homesick usually within 1st or 2nd year living in other country not after 5 years and if he is homesick, he wouldn’t sign new contract.

  • 161 croftus5678 // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    perfect bottom 3 for me is :

    sunderland
    qpr
    av

    :-)

  • 162 Joe1987 // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Can anyone tell me out of th new signings, which will b able 2 play in the Europa League, jst haidara?

  • 163 TorqToon // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Evening gents. Currently at the Reims vs Toulouse game. Cold as heck and not the best game the season has ever seen.

    Ahamada is a very sound goalkeeper (saved a penalty in the 1st half) and Capoue has just scored for Toulouse.

    Can’t see them selling him this window imo.

  • 164 King Arfa // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Aston Villa FC?@AVFCOffficial

    Aston Villa have rejected a bid in the region of £3.5 Million from Newcastle United, for striker Andreas Weimann

  • 165 cndrbrown // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Id take the Capital one! Hell any silverware would be the cats ass. Certainly a European Championship. I was more interested in what people in Europe view the trophy? Does winning the championship not count?

  • 166 Beattie25 // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Fake account Arfa

  • 167 cndrbrown // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    at 163?
    this is something new? I do think we need one more option up front..

  • 168 Dannyo // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    @King Arfa
    That’s a parody account.

  • 169 toon smart // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Nothing on the official account, Arfa

  • 170 toon smart // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    @Torq

    Any transfer info update?

  • 171 89Norcal // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    A Sunderland player that would rather live in Newcastle :lol:
    http://www.themag.co.uk/the-mag-articles/sunderlands-new-signing-loves-it-in-newcastle/?

  • 172 89Norcal // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Joe

    I believe Haidara and either Debuchy OR Mbiwa can participate in the EL, Gouffran is ineligible because Bordeaux are in the tournament.

  • 173 King Arfa // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    parody meaning?

  • 174 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    @ Norcal

    Can you blame the lad :) . Would you want to live in the irradiated wasteland that is Sunderland :)

  • 175 TorqToon // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Toon Smart – Nothing new mate. I still feel RVW is a distinct possibility mate.

    Brief side note on NEWCASTLES Sissoko (never gets old hearing that!) but Toulouse are seriously struggling without him. Some on here rate Capoue higher – but my god they are missing Moussa! He ran the show here for such a long time! £2mil??? Amazing business !

  • 176 89Norcal // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Big Pappa Cisse

    Exactly, the guy only wants his unborn children to have a chance at not being deformed :)

  • 177 toon smart // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    @ Torq

    Thanks for the update

    Its good to hear great things about Sissoko. I am sure he will start with Mbwia and Gouffran against Villa

  • 178 geordiejamie89 // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Does anyone play fifa ultimate team? How long will it take for Sissoko and Haidarra to be transferred across to Newcastle?

  • 179 jimmysmith // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    We have the squad now to stay up, no doubt. I hope we also seriously pursue the Europa league as well now.

    Strengthening the squad, consolidating our place in the league and reaching the final stages of European competition would set us up nicely for next season and to be honest that is now a squad of players you’d expect to do well in both.

  • 180 89Norcal // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    geordiejamie

    I think EA releases intermittent updates, because Debuchy has a NUFC version and also some Lille versions still.

    Remy just got updated last week. Shouldn’t take too long.

  • 181 geordiejamie89 // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    @89Norcal- I’ve already got Mbiwa and Guffran so they were quite quick, just waiting for Sissoko because the midfield is weak in the Newcastle squad.

  • 182 JackButler // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Anyone know if theres any truth that a NUFC delegation has flow to Portugal to speak to Sporting Lisbon about van Wolfswinkel??

  • 183 woolerbill // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    ll the trCollo

    I am sick to death with this sh-t, he is taking the pi–. He has millions in the bank. If this is so important to him , pay and go . He is not the we though he was. This is how trash behave. If I’m wrong , why not tell us all the true, maybe then we would understand, and agree,

  • 184 89Norcal // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    geordiejamie

    yeah I saw those two of the kick-off squads. Editing teams to transfer Sissoko didn’t work; I guess it only applies with that Match Day feature off.

    Can’t wait to barrel down the center midfield with Sissoko myself :)

  • 185 DanRo // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    I don’t want to be a killjoy but I hope people have some pragmatism about Newcastle’s results until the end of the season. On paper, these signings look fantastic; however, we don’t play football on paper.
    Safety is the major aim. Once safety is achieved then I’ll think about moving up the league. Until then, sadly, I think we (collectively) need to be more measured.

  • 186 89Norcal // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    btw is Bacary Sanga REALLY that much better than Debuchy? 83 to 79 respectively, most France analysts i hear laud Debuchy.

  • 187 geordiejamie89 // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Well I play 4-3-3 and that leaves Tiote Cabaye and Anita really. So Sissoko for Anita would be a bit better.

  • 188 croftus5678 // Jan 26, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    @184

    agree danro

    i think its still statistically possible for us to win the premiership TOON ARMY!!!!

    oh wait ….i see what you mean >.<

  • 189 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 26, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    http://m.talksport.co.uk/magazine/features/130125/video-worst-free-kick-routine-all-time-190111
    Lol!!

    Oh and hoots confirmed intrest in RVW

  • 190 89Norcal // Jan 26, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Damn it! I think Remy’s price tripled in FUT since he moved to QPR. Should have seen that one coming :(

    Having a tough time trading ever since the window started.

  • 191 Crow59 // Jan 26, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    geordiejamie

    M’biwa is already available so the other shouldnt be long

  • 192 Dannyo // Jan 26, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    @JB
    Doubt it.

  • 193 jimmysmith // Jan 26, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    I understand the league is the greater priority, but we do have a fine squad now, at least on paper and we have reached the knockout stages of European competition, not a regular occurrence for us at all and considering our incredible barren run in terms of winning things I really hope we have a red hot go at the one trophy we can hope to win.

  • 194 gaz 44 // Jan 26, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Hmm I’ve a bone to pick with Mr. Ashley ….i booked deadline day off work.. Signed back up to sky at Christmas, filled my fridge with Carling and jd, now im concerned we’ve done all our business so be just watching sky talking to that churchill dog through his car window

  • 195 APBWA // Jan 26, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    We have great central midfield options now, with Anita, Tiote, Sissoko, Cabaye, Marveaux. All good enough to be in a top 6/8 team, which is promising. Wingers are less good however now we have a lot more options with HBA, Gouffran, Obertan, Jonas, and the young lads, even Marv can play here.

    My team for Villa.

    Krul
    Debuchy Yanga-Mbiwa Coloccini Santon
    Gouffran Anita Cabaye Marveaux Jonas
    Cisse

    Very versatile team, can switch between 4411, 451, 433 and 442 without subs

  • 196 TorqToon // Jan 26, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Gaz 44 – Carling and JD ??? That’s quite a potent cocktail, my friend! ;-)

  • 197 jimmysmith // Jan 26, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Yeah, that’s the team I’d pick too, setting them up initially with Marv in the hole and Jonas and Gouffran providing width.

    I think you’ll see much improved performances here on in from Guti if the team can manage to lift overall.

  • 198 snowdone // Jan 26, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    I’ve taught Spanish for more years than I care to remember. I’m pretty sure Colo did not pen that letter. It is too flowery and full of latin cortesia bs, bigging up the the two main men of the Argentinian club. I suspect they were the authors and Colo’s agent signed on his behalf. I will judge Colo on his performances on the pitch.
    A great window with the project on track, but we still have to survive this year.

  • 199 jimmysmith // Jan 26, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    For what it’s worth without seeing these new lads play my team would be -

    Krul

    Debuchey Mbiwa Colo Santon

    Tiote

    Cabaye Siisoko

    HBA Guti

    Cisse

    With real quality snapping at their heels and keeping them on their toes, but could still do with another top out and out striker and genuine winger.

  • 200 NUFC_LEAZES END // Jan 26, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    It makes me sick to the stomach when I see people putting Jonas in their teams. Even when most of them complain when he’s playing

  • 201 Joe1987 // Jan 26, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    APBWA……how can u still have Jonas in the team. Have u seen him play this season? He brings nothing to th team what so ever.

  • 202 cndrbrown // Jan 26, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Jesus, Get Jonas out. hes clearly been replaced

  • 203 willowdalerez // Jan 26, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    My Team for Villa:

    Krul
    Debuchy – Mbiwa – Collo – Santon
    Anita – Cabaye – Jonas
    Cisse – Gouffran – Marv

    Can’t wait for HBA’s return imagine the possibilities!!!

  • 204 willowdalerez // Jan 26, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Jonas haters he can still cover a lot of the field (despite his age) and supported by a far superior defense I am betting he will pick up speedy attacks on LHS like he did of old!

  • 205 last minute window lies // Jan 26, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    TT any truth in the rumours we lodged 12 mill bid for Wilfred Bony ?

  • 206 NUFC_LEAZES END // Jan 26, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    @willowdalerz

    Lets hear u say that the next time he plays, when u will all be crying

  • 207 Ash toon // Jan 26, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Seems like the Colo letter was dreamed up by his agents to pacify San Lorenzo and keep options open for the future.
    At the end of the day San Lorenzo couldn’t come up with the ‘Wonga’(see what i did there!) to prize him away from us. It’s a business after all and would of set a dodgy precedent if he’d have gone with the toons blessing without any financial penalty.
    I do think he’ll probably go in the summer cos Lorenzo will have sourced the money by then and toon will let him go at a knock down price.
    We do not know the personal issues behind the scenario, but if his lass was ill i think the toon would have loaned him to Lorenzo regardless of our league position. The toon are not monsters and as his employer have a duty of care to him, just like in any other employer in any other walk of life. I would think that the standard of medical care in Britain is as good as if not better than Argentina anyway.
    I do think that Lorenzo were totally underhand with the way they went about trying to get him.
    We’ll of had 5 years out of him in the summer and he didn’t jump ship when we went down and has been the perfect pro up until this. I think we wouldn’t of bounced back if he had buggered off back to Spain.
    Anyway i think the club will show a bit of mutual respect in the summer and he’ll be gone, especially if he rolls his sleeves up and helps stave off relegation.

  • 208 DeadGrizzly // Jan 26, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    he might go yet this is from sky sports news transfer clockwatch

    an Lorenzo’s promising playmaker Alan Ruiz is wanted by Greek club PAOK but he’ll cost €10million (£8.5m). San Lorenzo president Matias Lammens told Radio La Red: “There has been an approach from a very important team from Greece. The supporters know that we can’t refuse a proposal like this.”

    leaving them with cash for colo

  • 209 true toon // Jan 27, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    I am sick of this whole saga. Let’s do it this way, keep Colo till end of the season and once we managed to avoid relegation, we will sign another CB and keep him on the bench for the whole of next season or we could let him go back argentine and keep his registration so he couldn’t play for another team elsewhere in the world and release him when he is almost 36 years. That would teach him a lesson !

  • 210 sphinxhunter // Jan 27, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    I do not know and am trying to read between the lines. The wife has gone and left the kids behind, he is keen to return but it appears not so urgently it can’t wait until the Summer. Playing at his old club appears to be part of the situation. It sounds like the wife has to care for an aged relative, perhaps Collo’s father, who’s last desire is to have his son with him at their old club before he dies. Alternatively, perhaps his wife is having a melt down and is being nursed at home, incapable of caring for the kids (where are the grandparents, then?)
    As a solution, Collo could be loaned to his old club (at cost) and his contract with NUFC suspended until the situation is resolved and he can return. Or, get Cashley to fly Collo back and forth every week in his lear jet – a five hour sleep over and a damn site cheaper than $7M.

  • 211 Sav // Jan 27, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    Letter looks like its written by San Lorenzo (Colo’s Da?) for the benefit of fans and media over there. No doubt his missus will also be pleased to hear he is sad he can’t return to Argentina, seeing as that’s where she is (apparently) now living.
    Hows about we give this nonsense a wide berth until we have a few facts to speculate on? Leave it.

  • 212 Sir Braveheart // Jan 27, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    As long as Colo gives his all until the end of the season he can go with my blessing….so long as he buys out his contract. A couple of mill should do it.

    Next season it’ll be vital to have a strong unit and if he doesnt want to be part of that let him go.

  • 213 Too Krul // Jan 27, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Tough shit Colo! I got made redundant with a hire-purchase agreement for a car, as if I can just cry on home to my family after committing to it! No, I pay all the money i get out for car and live on nowt. these footballers are from another planet man.




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