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Pardew Talks About Colo Today – Is Captain Fully Committed?

9:32 am, Monday, January 28th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 39 Comments

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.

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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.

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39 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Assam Toon // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    a very good CB should be under the radar for summer transfers. woulndt blame colo if he wants to leave for “personal reasons”.

  • 2 Wandering Geordie // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:39 AM

  • 3 roshan MAGPIE // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    my team against villa
    krul debuchy Mbiwa Colo santon anita sissoko
    marveux Cabaye gouf
    what do you guys think about this team

  • 4 Transfer Sage // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    If this is all true I think as long as he can keep his focus he should play and captain the rest of the season.

    Then in the summer, try to facilitate his move back to argentina, it gives san lorenzo a chance to find the funds…7mil isn’t silly money in football these days.

    Then we need to look to bring in a top player like alderwerield and then a top younger player liki mirin to push taylor for the number 3 spot.

  • 5 Mat Thai NUFC // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    I wouldnt call it a PR disaster.. he wants to move on! If anything this will put more pressure on NUFC to let him leave as his genuine opinion is now public. Complete lack of respect for us fans.. the things i would do to captain NUFC! Cant believe during our bad run and all the speculation with him he hasnt even issued any kind of statement to us fans! He must have known this would be public so he is obviously cutting his ties and burning bridges to make it easier to be released in the summer.

  • 6 Transfer Sage // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:42 AM


    A strong team and I think it would work well.

  • 7 corkypants85 // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    I have no doubt that the letter is a fake and collo will be ever the pro and give 110 percent on the field where it matters most! One of the only decent players who stood by us when we went down and now he standing by us again to help us fight relegation no matter bout his family life wat a guy!!!

  • 8 Transfer Sage // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    mat thai

    It is a bit disrespectful but providing the players and manager still back him i think we just leave him as skipper (has no real influence on the team who captains i dont think, players who are vocal do it regardless of who wears the arm band)

    Then in the summer give the captaincy to cabaye.

  • 9 Transfer Sage // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:45 AM


    why would it be a fake? it is signed by colo and if it was a fake he would surely have denied it by now.

  • 10 Blaydon-Toon // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Whatever team we field vs Villa I hope Pardew has been working on set plays as Villa concede so many goals … Just so happens we never score from them so something has to give ….

  • 11 TorqToon // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    For anybody doubting Haidara’s confidence or drive…

  • 12 toon1707 // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    If the letter was fake why has colo not said it was fake

  • 13 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    I think I would be a little worried with no forward brought in. The more i think about it the more concerned i become..

    With Cisse not exactly firing on all cylinders at the moment. Our back up is Shola and Ranger. We have Gouffran but is he a genuine centre forward? I’d expect Ben Arfa Marveux and Cabaye to chip in but im not sure if that would be enough. Ben arfa coming back from a long lay off is troublesome aswell.

    It has to be said. I’d feel alot better with a centre forward brought in with a proven track record regardless of the price. Even a loan would be ok with me.

    As for Colo. I think he should pass the armband over, I think it’s best for everyone concerned. For me he hasn’t exactly acted first class in all this and I dont think he has the heart to carry us through this. The last time we tried to appease a player did no good what so ever. We all know what happened with Ba.

  • 14 Mat Thai NUFC // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    fair point TS – with all the french speaking players its not like they actually understand what colo even says lol! Cabs is the perfect fit for captain now, I will support colo til he leaves but just a shame really, one of my favourite defenders which i guess makes it worse for me :)

  • 15 JAMSHA // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:53 AM





  • 16 Transfer Sage // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:54 AM


    I think gouffran will surprise a few people. He has a record as good as ba and cisse over the past two years which is very good.

    He has scored 1 in 2 over the past 2 seasons so I think he would do a good job in scoring for us. He has pace which is whats needed for this league.

  • 17 JAMSHA // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    the reason i put saylor wit mibwa…coz nxt season.colo wont be with us so its better they play togather n understnd each other from now on

  • 18 gonz // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    @Roshans team: that’s exactly the starting line up I’d go with and same formation.

    @Jamshas team: that too would be a good line up, but think it’ll be too soon for Haidara to bed in straight off the bat against Villa. Out of all the signings I think he’s the one we’ll see the least. Only because he’s the youngest and has the least amount of games under his belt, but I think moving Santon into the midfield is a great idea.

  • 19 Sazzer // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Brother Amalfitano any takers?
    GFNFrance ?@GFN_France

    Le Provence report that 3 PL clubs are interested in signing #Marseille winger Morgan #Amalfitano who has been told to leave. #QPR 1 of them

  • 20 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    If colo goes another CB will be bought in really cant see taylor being a permenant fixture in the nufc back line anymore imo

  • 21 true toon // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Coloccini is a rat! As simple as that. As for pardew , he already has lost our respect. Do you think SAF would let colo be a captain after his letter? Alan pardew has no balls to drop colo and i am expecting him to follow that Rat out of nufc this summer .

  • 22 corkypants85 // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Transfer sage- i just saw someone on here say it mite be fake because his signature on the letter doesnt match his true signature! Hes always been good to us fans he could of just done a tevez and ran of like a girl to argentina but he didnt! And no matter what we like to think we dont no what is happening in his private life untill he or the club make it official!

  • 23 Transfer Sage // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:02 AM


    yeh I think the same…saylor isn’t ever fit for a long period so would be daft to build a CB partnership around him…he will be a good back up though.

    I’d have colo and willo leave in the summer and alderwerield and mirin come in.

  • 24 Transfer Sage // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:06 AM


    I just think if it was a fake its something colo or at least the club would have denied quickly to prevent unrest amongst us fans.

    I think the problem is we dont have great options at CB if colo doesnt play as saylor isn’t fit often.

    I’d love us to be in the position to just ship him out for this sort of thing. No matter what personal problems he has he is showing a lack of respect to the fans who have backed him over the years and the club which pay him handsomely….there are plenty people in jobs which take them around the world and away from family who earn less in a year than he gets in a week.

    I know money does’t help with fmaily problems but he has enough saved up he could retire and never have to play again if family is that important.

  • 25 JAMSHA // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:07 AM


    yea,mate but i think pardew will stick with taylor mibwa … nxt season only if talyor gets injurd den i can see a new cb comeng with taylor as backup to him

  • 26 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Spot on mate
    Alderwield would be a fantastic adition and mirin would be a cracking apprentice to mbiwa
    Taylor for me is great cover but his injuries have definatly stopped him reaching his hyped potential

  • 27 manxpie // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    To be fair collo hasn’t said a word to the press for months to either admit or deny any off this
    Thats wats annoying me just 1 statement telling his OWN fans something would be nice!!

  • 28 sirtoongospel // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    If Saylor stayed for he would be a permanent fixture in the team, and would be our captain. However, not playing more than 14 league games in the last 5 seasons tells a story. Great player, injury prone. But when he is fit he has a claim to be in the team, he is the bravest defender we have. Personally I love Saylor just wish he was able to stay fit.

    If the club dropped Colo then Saylor could step in. I thought the letter was bollox but the club would have said so in a statement.

    If it is true then that’s so disappointing as Colo hasn’t acknowledged anyone associated with NUFC including the fans who have backed him superbly for years.

    Get Alderweireld in. We just wouldn’t lose games.

  • 29 Transfer Sage // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    I want a journo to ask pardew about the letter in an interview so we get his reaction to it.

  • 30 corkypants85 // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Yeah i agree with the part about being in a position to ship him out and the part about how much money he earns. But whats to say the club and collo have even ever seen this letter or are aware it even exists!

  • 31 TorqToon // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    TADS – Alderwield and Mirin in the summer would be incredible! Would set up our centre of defence for years to come.

  • 32 corkypants85 // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Yeah i agree i want questions asked about this letter! Then i will pass judgement! Inocent untill proven guilty and that!

  • 33 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Alreet Transfer,

    Whats concerning me is the difference in leagues I think.

    Its a bit of a jump in class. He is unproven in this league and seems a bit of a gamble with his inexperience. My thinking on the topic is I don’t want us to leave anything down to a gamble. Amd maybe im being leniant on the lad but asking a bit much straight off the bat. By the time this window closes i don’t want to see us found wanting or ruing anything.

    This window has to be right in every way for the sake of our prem status. I would definetley feel alot more comfortable with a proven premier league centre foward in. Even as I say, a loan deal would do me fine mate.

  • 34 HullMag6 // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Is Morgan joining baby bro?

  • 35 Nick 69 // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    people keep saying the signature isn’t real, how would any of you know? do you really think Colo uses his real signature to dish out to random fans as an autograph? the same signature he uses on letters from his solicitor, or bank documents etc? I highly doubt it, and therefore doubt any of you have ever seen his real signature

  • 36 toonbrother // Jan 28, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    we’re a joke. how can you let a guy who’s desperate to leave remain as captain? The club has lost all its self respect

  • 37 county down magpie // Jan 28, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    I don’t think that the letter was from collo, abs no mention of us fans orhow he feels about the club? Prob put up by his da to make us look like the bad guys

  • 38 toonbrother // Jan 28, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    county magpie. You’re in denial. That was colocinni’s letter. He doesnt give a damn about the fans, but Pardumb thinks he should remain captain. SMMFH

  • 39 county down magpie // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    I stand corrected since Pards has said it was his letter. What tho is your beef with pards on this? Collo has played his best games in a while, unless his game suffers dramatically or he dont look interested he should remain captain imho

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