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Fabricio Coloccini’s Letter To Newcastle Fans – I’ll Give 100%

10:53 am, Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 60 Comments

Fabricio Coloccini has finally come out and talked to the Newcastle fans and explained as best as he can that he has a personal problem, but that he will be giving 100% for Newcastle United through the end of the season.

fab coloccini in training

A smiling Fabricio Coloccini in training yesterday

This is what Colo said today on the Newcastle United web-site:

“The last few weeks there has been a lot of talk about my future.” “But I am staying here. And of course I will give 100 per cent like I always do.” “I have been here five years and Newcastle has given me a lot and done a lot for me. I have to be true to the club. I will give 100 per cent.”

“I love football and once I am on the pitch it is different. The problems I have are outside the pitch.” “I think if you look at a game like Norwich or the last few games I have played normally. The results were not the best but I have given everything to try to win.”

“I heard in the city and around the club that the fans think I have my head elsewhere thinking about other things, or that I am not the same player as last season.” “But, like I say, for me football is my life, I love it. When I am on the pitch I give everything to win.”

“I give 100 per cent. I did that at Newcastle, Deportivo La Coruna or any club I’ve played at.” “The fans have to know and be sure that when I am the field I give 100 per cent. I am the captain of the team and I take the responsibility.” “I think everybody has problems outside of their work in life.”

“It is difficult but now I am here and all I have in my head is to make sure we are in the Premier League next year. That is my only objective.” “In the last few days the newspapers picked up a letter that I wrote.” “The letter is true but the meaning of it is different once translated from Spanish to English.”

“I never said that I would go back to San Lorenzo. I never spoke to any team – the only reason to go back to Argentina would have been personal problems.” “But they knew I am a supporter of San Lorenzo and the fans were excited because they thought ‘he supports us and this is a big chance to come to San Lorenzo’.”

“The rumors were crazy because they thought I was coming back.” “I would like to say to the supporters of Newcastle United Football Club that I want to stay here and I thank them for supporting me.” “The last few weeks has been difficult for them, I recognize that.”

“This is my work and my job and I have to separate my job and my life. Everybody in life has problems and it is normal. That is life.” “I am alone here with my family. We don’t have grandparents here or uncles and aunties.” “It does make it difficult. Not for me personally, because I come to work everyday, but for my kids and wife.”

“Here though, the Club and the fans are my family at the moment.” “The love that they give to me with my song and on the pitch for me is fantastic. It’s the best present they can give me.”

Those are very welcome comments from the Argentine International – and they will certainly help to end any doubts about Fab’s commitment to the Newcastle cause – and we expect Colo to give another solid and cultured performance at the back for Newcastle tonight at Villa Park.

Excellent words from Coloccini today – and they will help the squad to settle down.

Now we need to hammer Villa. :D

Comments welcome.

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60 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Reading between the lines…he hates Pardew? :)

    Glad he’s made a statement and hopefully the team and fans alike are behind in and we can now push on.

  • 2 yo-yo // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Well Colo has done everything we wanted him to do now so lets see his best on the pitch

  • 3 rainrix // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Good although this could’ve really been done earlier, whatever its done draw a line under it and concentrate on whats important.

  • 4 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    chelsea have made an approach to #bcfc for Jack Butland. But player and his advisors want a move where he would get 1st team football. #SSN

    So unless Krul is off, we wont be getting him… surely?

  • 5 naptoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    lol what he says at the end given the rumours

  • 6 Mat Thai NUFC // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Well fair is fair, i slated him the other day for his letter to San Lorenzo so after reading through the interviews i do feel a bit better about the situation. still feel that this interview or message should have come to us before his letter to Argentina but nevertheless happy to support him til the end of the season. also seems as though the move to san lorenzo was far far from anything concrete unlike what his big mouth dad was saying..

  • 7 Graeme // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Collo playing alongside Mbiwa tonight with Debuchy and Santon will give us a very strong back four indeed. With Anita and Sissoko in front of them, Villa will be getting very little in our third of the pitch.

    I can see us keeping a clean sheet tonight, which leaves it down to the front four to bang a couple into the net.

  • 8 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    great statement….exactly what was needed.

    Lets hope he has a strong finish to the season then he is free to leave with my blessing.

  • 9 northernirishtoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    All is forgiven

    Good words there from captain marvel

    I’m so fickle lol

  • 10 yo-yo // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    On the young players not cutting it – we are not the only ones. Brendan has been having a right go at the Fool’s younger players for lack of motivation, how they lack commitment etc. Maybe its just his generation of footballers have had oit all to easy and just ain’t used to working for what they get on their pay packet. That’s why the kids like Bigi from poorer backgrounds who’ve had to work hard to get where they are show more maturity and will be much better footballers.

  • 11 Markaccus // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Timing of this is fantastic. Everything that’s going to come out already has, so perfect time to set things straight. Right before an important game, too. Colo and mbiwa start, and saylor on the bench. Williamson….well….

  • 12 naptoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    funny feeling in my waters…. cisse brace 2 – 1 …. must get to docs

  • 13 yo-yo // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    THIS generation * it* *in

  • 14 WWYCD // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Chelsea have Cech and Courtois as keepers Butland would stand no chance…we have Krul, a shot Harps (heartbreaking) and Elliott I reckon Butland would have far more chance of first team footy with us

  • 15 crawcrook3 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    I was worried about the fans reaction tonight. But now we can go there with a very different view, back to how we thought of Collo before all this mess. Looking forward to giving him the support now. I don’t care if this message from him is late or jazzed up, as all I want is a focused player. HTL.

  • 16 corkypants85 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Transfer sage-totally agree at least we got our statement from both club and player they must read nufcblog because it also seems everyone we put on the transfer wishlist also got signed! If we keep talking of strikers maybe just maybe!!!!

  • 17 John Tudor // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    attaque attaque attaque attaque attaque

  • 18 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Yo….I think they mean first team GK, not first back-up GK :) Maybe a purchase and loan back deal might be on the cards, but I reckon someone will take a punt on him as their number 1.

  • 19 naptoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    yo yo
    might be something to do with academy system where they re treated differently from a very young age and dont have to cut their teeth in the real world and places like boys club football … probably and understandably breeds arrogance.

  • 20 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:10 AM


    I feel the same. You see so many kids who have it all now that they just expect to have an easy ride. I’m not old myself but a heck of a lot has changed in the past 10 years or less.

    There is almost a divine right that people think they will walk into any job (be it footballer or any profession) and expect to be instantly respected and given the same pay, etc as those who have years of experience.

    Obviously this is not true of everyone, but there are growing numbers who act this way.

  • 21 TorqToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    TS – Good morning, sir.

    I’m currently in England until Friday but I still speak to my contacts in France. The only thing I know, is that there has been lots of movement and buzz around PEA during the past 36hrs. Last week it was a flat out NO to a transfer, at the weekend it was a POSSIBILITY and today…the feeling around the club is that it could be “inevitable” that interest in Aubameyang is firmed up. The club have been scouting potential ‘replacements’ around France and Italy, which again makes you think they are expecting something.

    What have you heard, sage?

  • 22 Mat Thai NUFC // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    I think Yo-Yo is right about this generation of youngsters not having to work hard for their pay packet and it reflecting in their development. Take d*ck head ranger for example posting that picture of his name in money, what exactly did he do to earn that cash?! He doesnt even go to work on time!! But where Bigi does differ is that he played a full championship season at a young age which was valuable experience. I cant see fergie not applying himself at training can you? just needs games

  • 23 naptoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    make no mistake about it nufc media bods check out blogs twatter etc

  • 24 bpmcgeorge // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    We now have 3 good centre backs, and 2 very attack minded full backs. Why not try a 3 at the back with proper old school wingbacks? Then compress the midfield so ben arfa and marveau can get a bit more in amongst it to creat chances for cisse


    —————-colo —- saylor —mbiwa

    Debuchy ———Cabaye —— sissoko —– santon

    ————-ben arfa —– cisse———Marveau

  • 25 WWYCD // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Probably mate but Id still want him in our colours haha wouldnt be shocked if someone went for him as starter keeper but in the PL not sure who? Anyone with need of him he will most likely not want to go to and everyone else doesn’t need him at present but Birmingham want to sell

  • 26 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:13 AM


    This is a great time to explain the situation and gives the fans a further boost for tonight on top of the new players.

    I understand translations are difficult, translating words is easy, translating the true meaning and tone of something is often difficult…I mean it can be hard to understand what a person truely means when they right in english, things can easily be taken out of context even without a language barrier.

  • 27 Mat Thai NUFC // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Torq im long time reader of this blog and only recently started posting. I see your information is normally bang on the money, do you mind me asking where do you get it from? Obviously you cant give names etc but do you work at a newspaper in france or at one of the clubs or something?

  • 28 daztoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Better late than never everyone can move forward now

  • 29 Wayayman // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Pre match nerves here.

    \Just a little worried about Pardew’s comment about looking around tonight and having a much stronger bench??? Hope he means that he’s dropping some of the poorer performers (Willo, Shola etc) and that he’s buttering them up a bit rather than actually (god forbid) having Yanga-Mbiwa and Gouffran on the bench. I’d be well pee’d off if Yanga-Mbiwa doesnt start. He’s got to be more match ready than Saylor ffs.

  • 30 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:16 AM


    Just heard we will be in with a final bid of £9/10mil…not sure if its a reliable source though. So I’m not getting my hopes up.


    I genuinely believe butland will sign for Liverpool as Reina’s replacement in the summer. Not keen on butland, very over rated in my eyes.

  • 31 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Yo….I haven’t seen much of him tbh, but know he’s rated quite highly and that is always welcome at the toon as far as I am concerned.

    Time will tell, I have however been quite impressed with Elliot when he’s been called in. If we intend to keep Krul, which I hope we do, then we should be looking at an even younger keeper to bring on, much like we did wor Timmy (if they could be English it would be great).

    Is it KO yet? This day is dragging on :)

  • 32 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Yo brothers a kinda tink we too good fo dis league now dont mean ahy disrespect yall but barca betta watch out no wat I mean like.
    Only kiddin I remember a fella used to talk like that on here a madman he was big big big game tonight 3 points please lads get this place moving forward again.

  • 33 WWYCD // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    I wouldnt be surprised by that unfortunately. Have to disagree with u on Butland though I think hes a very solid keeper for his age and his attitude is impressive, akin to Harts

  • 34 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    mat thai

    Torq is a cardiologist who works around the leagues in europe, mainly in france I believe.

  • 35 yo-yo // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:21 AM


    Yeh – success is down to attitude and graft. Hope Fergie makes it through the ranks and we’ve got some talent in the development squad – they just need the right attitude – but Rodgers went ape about bindippers losing to Latics and it was just the same as our Brighton shambles.

  • 36 WWYCD // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Problem with Elliott is he is always going to be a back up and wont be pushing for starts which wont help in Kruls development imo

  • 37 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:23 AM


    I just think butland gets a lot of undeserved praise.

    I think he looks good as he makes a lot of saves, he is in a poor birmingham side which ship a lot of goals so he gets the chance to make a lot of saves and stand out.

    However when I see him I think he makes too many mistakes, soccer saturday annoy me saying ‘its an uncharacteristic mistake from butland’ far too often, it has now become characteristic in my eyes.

    But saying that there is plenty time for him to improve and develop, he could become good if he keeps his drive and focus.

    I still think jason steele from the smoggies is twice the keeper.

  • 38 corkypants85 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Lets just hope pardew plays a good positive side and we get a result last thing we need is to lose and the buzz thats currently around sjp because of the colo thing getting sorted, new signings and players returning might just start to dwindle!

    Come on le toon!!!!

  • 39 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Yo….I think we have been spoiled in the past by always having a keeper we deemed good enough to push our No.1. Not too many promising keepers will be happy to just play motivator to the current starter, so we’ll have to go young and unknown imo.

  • 40 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:26 AM


    How many clubs have a 2nd keeper genuinely pushing to start? not that many really…its not a position where you get good back up as most want to move on.

    I think our best bet is somebody like given returning…..providing he is happy to be back up it would push krul as he has experience and would keep him on his toes, plus offer great advice.

  • 41 ballerfan2 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Elliot’s early press statements suggested that he wouldn’t be happy just playing back up – he wanted Krul’s shirt.

  • 42 santonthenewmaldini // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    I hope Steven Taylor does not go right back into the team at the moment he is no better than Williamson

    Needs to know he is not a first choice starter till he proves his fitness long term as its shocking every time he comes back to fitness he just walks right back into the team cant imagine that has a very good effect on morale likewise with Jonas and Tiote although hopefully with competition for places Pardew will have the guts to drop players if they are out of form and none of the players who get dropped better not kick off or moan because apart from Anita, Santon, Marveux and Perch everyone else has been shocking all season fair enough Santon has been poor recently but thats more to do with what he has in front of him

    Will be raging if Marveux or Anita drops to the bench for Sissoko it should be Jonas who makes way Anita and Cabaye are just as hard working as Jonas and make as many tackles plus they are better on the ball

    Marveux does not run about as much but does not need to he keeps possession and creates things that is what an attacking player should do

    Mbiwa will prove to be better than Colo over time both of them should be 1st choice and if there is an injury or suspension to either of them then Taylor can come back in

    Predict 2 nil to the Toon Mbiwa header and Cisse penalty!!

  • 43 TorqToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Mat Thai – I’m. Cardiologist. I work closely with professional football clubs in England, France and Germany with their medical teams.

    I consult with club doctors, Physio’s and players so am lucky that I get to hear quite a lot of reliable information. I’m very open about the fact that I’m a Newcastle fan and often use my toon keyring to encourage our targets to make the move to Tyneside! :-)

  • 44 WWYCD // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Alright alright I give he wont come be back up and play with Krul :( bunch of bullies ruining my dreams

    I do think someone needs to get on Kruls back though hes the same player he has been the past two seasons which implies no growth imo he doesn’t own his box and he barely ever opens his mouth…then there’s his kicking

  • 45 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:29 AM


  • 46 simon_barker_9 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    I think it’s his wife. She really thinks we all want to shag her.

  • 47 TorqToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Boom boom – Id rather not have that tag if its all the same! Haha

    I’ve seen what happens to ITK’s on this place! :-)

  • 48 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Yo….See how easy you cave to a bully? Honestly mate, grow a pair…cabs and joey would be ashamed of you.

  • 49 WWYCD // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Haha but ur not children! I think they would understand

  • 50 Mat Thai NUFC // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    wow what an interesting job, i bet you have met some stars in your time and heard some good stories! Good to hear you whispering in some of our targets ears! Your information is much appreciated!

  • 51 simon_barker_9 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    good side bpmcgeorge, he’s been looking to play a simular system for ages think. gouffran in place of beni tonight would be good but wont have the ball yet.

  • 52 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Yo….True, I am now all adult. All about being mature, that’s my game :)

  • 53 spudzzz // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    reading his letter, personal problems seem linked to close family members (passed away from old age, accident)….doesn’t seem to be linked to his wife and kids as he mentions his family is here alone….

  • 54 TorqToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Mat Thai – It’s my pleasure. I always only try to post what I feel is accurate and reliable. And pray that nothing happens to get people on my back. Have been called a fake ITK, a dreamer and a bullsh1tter in the past when I mentioned we were in for Yanga and Sissoko (when spurs/arsenal etc were in the papers wanting them!) but look where they are now.

    And those bloggers have been very quiet of late.

    I’m weird in that I love my job and meet lots of people. This blog and 99% of the people who contribute to it make it a great place to chat and air views…the other 1% just try to bring it down and are probably from Wearside if truth be told! :-)

  • 55 Sav // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Why don’t footballers just shut t f up, play their game and be grateful for what they are on. I’m sick and tired of these ‘lost in translation’ tales and denials. Does ‘I’m staying mean until summer, or I’m honouring my contract in full? And if Colo didn’t indicate to San Lorenzo he intended going back and playing for them, what was that sentimental schlock letter all about? How can ‘I’m really disappointed I am not allowed to go back and play for San Lorenzo’ (or whatever he said) be mistranslated from Spanish to English? Cut out the BS Colo. Geordies don’t appreciate it. I’m sorry for your personal problems but leave them in the changing room with your Rolex and your wallet. And if Colo didn’t say that stuff, the outrageous stuff that has emanated from the Argie club should be investigated by FIFA. If another Prem club did it the writs would be flying.

  • 56 GeordieDan // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Never doubted the guy. Colo is a great captain and a great bloke.

    Hopefully a good long summer holiday will really sort him out and he can lead us out into the Prem next season!

  • 57 toonbrother // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    with colocinni involved we will always concede goals like when we conceded 4 against manu, 7 against arsenal and 2 against reading. You can take that to the bank. Now we have signed MYM and theres no williamson, perch or tiote to blame i wonder who the fans will scapegoat for the next abysmal defensive showing

  • 58 Abbott // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:51 PM


    Debuchy——Colo ——STaylor—– Santon

    Anita———Cabaye ——Sissoko—–Marveuax

  • 59 kaarek0ng // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Just wanted to mention Colo’s words to the Chronicle about Pardew:

    “Every time in the last month or the last year he has been supportive. He knows a lot about me, about football and life.”


    “He gave me advice and said, ‘I can speak to you like a manager and a father. That is very important to me because he gave me a lot of help.”

    Just have to add that i think Pardew did a very good job last season. He actually overperformed with the squad we had. And that he’shad a tough situation this season with key players injured. In Pardew i trust (until he gives me good reason to think otherwise).

    Ps. We’re gonna win tonight!! For those of you lucky enough to be at the game tonight (i’m from Norway) – Give the lads your everything! Howay the lads!!!

  • 60 lesh // Jan 29, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Aw c’mon Ibizatoon – Back by popular demand, of course Butland wants to move where he’ll get first team football.

    Where better than at Birmingham, on loan from us.

    In the meantime, Krul’s srtill with us, Butland gets the exposure he wants to keeep him the England frame and every time he turns out for England and assuming he performs well, his value increases.

    It’s a no lose situation for us, especially if a silly offer comes in for Krul.

    More ramblings from a demented fool – please, no endrosements!

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