News is coming through that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will meet with the media today, and he’s bound to be questioned about the Coloccini situation, which took another bizarre turn over the weekend, with Coloccini writing a letter on the Sam Lorenzo web-site , saying his return home had been momentarily suspended.
Fabricio Coloccini – questions about his commitment
Not surprisingly the letter has upset a number of the Newcastle faithful, and we wonder how much his father had to do with the writing and posting of that letter - probably more than we realize.
But it’s a PR disaster for Coloccini at the exact wrong time for his club, with Newcastle starting their drive to safety tomorrow night at Villa Park – and it’s a bit like the Reading game – if we can’t win that game against a very poor side – what can we win?
Pardew had told everybody at his press conference on Thursday that everything was patched up, and that Colo was ready to play his part in the final 15 games of the season, and would remain Newcastle captain.
Certainly in the letter Coloccini hardly mentioned Newcastle at all, and the words in that would not suggest he may not be 100% committed to Newcastle, but rather had to stay on Tyneside, because he couldn’t wangle his way out of his contract, which pays him a cool £60K a week and still has three and half years to run.
But the best Newcastle can do is to make the very best of the situation and ask Colo to be professional and help us avoid relegation – and then he can move in the summer – but only if some club in Argentina can pay his transfer fee – which was set at £7M by Mike Ashley this month.
It will be interesting to see what Alan Pardew will say today – but we’d be surprised if he doesn’t try to smooth things over – and try to put the Colo thing behind him – as he and Newcastle have some tough games coming up, and the side has to be together – and our fans fully supporting the side too.
Howay The Lads!!
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