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Coloccini’s Leadership The Last Chance To Save Newcastle

11:43 pm, Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

Newcastle fans are hoping that Fabricio Coloccini can return to the side on Saturday at West Ham, and if Colo can help turn things around in the last three games, there will be a massive attempt to keep the Argentine at Newcastle for the remaining three years of his contract.

Fab Coloccini - training

Fabricio Coloccini in training Tuesday

Newcastle defensive performance on Saturday has been called one of the worst seen in the Premier League in recent times – and not just for this season.

It looked like a bunch of schoolboys trying to play against a Premier League side, with apologies to school children everywhere.

It was simply pathetic and embarrassing for Newcastle fans, who have had to put up with humiliation and shame for the last two home games.

When is this nonsense going to stop?

In our last six league games, starting at Wigan on 17th March, we have only one win and we have conceded a massive  16 goals and scored only three times.

That’s relegation form if ever we saw it – and of course our goal difference was -10 before Wigan and it’s now a terrible -23.

This is what Alan Pardew said on Tuesday about his captain:

“His leadership is ­important. Hopefully, we can get him out on the pitch.”

But Newcastle just have to pick up something on Saturday at West Ham, and then hope we can actually get a win at QPR a week on Saturday.

A loss against Harry Redknapp’s doomed side  would be incredibly bad – with Arsenal at home being the last game of the season for us on 19th May.

We have gained a mere four points in the last six games and one point in the last three games – and if we cannot get say 4 more points before the end of the season, then we would probably deserve  relegation.

And then what would happen at Newcastle, the 20th most valuable club in the world –  we don’t even want to think about right now.

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 wolfshead@toon // Apr 30, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    he looks like jesus maybe he is the saviour lol

  • 2 lesh // Apr 30, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Collo’s leadership? He owes this club and let’s hope his heart’s in it for us.

  • 3 lesh // May 1, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Ed, schoolkids used to run around en masse following the ball, we haven’t even been interested!

  • 4 NewcastleMole // May 1, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Coloccini is planning for his summer move and his prorites are elsewhere

  • 5 Sawbuck // May 1, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    He was on the point of walking out on the club until he was threatened with being tied up in legal knots for life.

    This in not encouraging.

  • 6 KevinHann // May 1, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Come on! Last time I checked we were not 5 points below Wigan. We can’t close our eyes and be upbeat about the next 3 games, but we shouldn’t ignore the fact the teams around us aren’t in much better position – and how they played in a single recent game means nothing. Sunderland did awesome to beat us 3-0, and what happened next? Playing well and winning big doesn’t guarantee you points in the remaining fixtures.
    So Ed, instead of looking for a Saviour, why don’t you take a more rational approach and look at the relegation battle in detail, including injuries? You’d be surprised how many things can make a difference.

    Up for some twitter talk? Join me @ColdInTheNight

  • 7 weg // May 1, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    I wouldn’t pin our hopes just on Collo’s return. Even if he comes in and plays to his brilliant best, we need a monumental and dramatic upturn in competence and commitment from the rest of the team. We need a much more attacking and positive outlook when it comes to tactics, and we need to play players in their correct positions. No more fitting Jonas anywhere we can – you need more than just work-rate to be in the team! All season Pardew has played players out of position, and players out of form. We have plenty ball-players in our first-team squad (our frenchies and our other europeans have grown up with a passing game) and its time hoofball was minimized to a bit-part tactic!
    I’ve always tried to give Pardew a fair shot, a chance to push through a bad run of form for the team and make improvements, but its time for him to go this summer. I do not think his tactics, team selections, substitutions and ideology will take us any further.
    As for replacements, I do not think we should get Martinez, Moyes, Di Matteo or Benitez, who have all been mentioned. I think some proper research into some foreign managers should be done and maybe someone like Frank de Boer at Ajax or Rudi Garcia at Lille might be decent possibilities.

  • 8 Alberts_tash // May 1, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    I’d love to know where this ‘Colo is a great leader’ stuff comes from. Does he even speak on the pitch?

  • 9 lesh // May 1, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Think about it. This recent slump in form coincides with Collo’s absence. Appointing Appointing a as skipper when he’s recovering from depression wasn’t, in hindsight a good move. Maybe that role’s been one step too far for him.

    Yohan, if you’re reading this, it’s not a criticism but an observation – chin up bonny lad.

  • 10 lesh // May 1, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    • Appointing Cabaye as skipper…….. Micky mouse fone can’t even spot a duplication!

  • 11 GeordieDan // May 1, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Yeah have to agree Colo might be one of the best CB’s we’ve ever had at our club but how much leadership does he actually really give to our team?

    He’s not exactly vocal as Albert’s said so other than his presence and obvious talent he’s surely not that influential these days?

    How much inspiration can you draw from a man who everyone knows want to leave and that IS regardless of the reason why!

    If this is Pardew’s only masterplan then Sir Bobby above please help us because we need MUCH more than Colo coming back to save us this time.

    Make no bones about it Wigan take the p*** this time of year and Villa and Sunderland won’t give us a sniff of help. We need our lads to fight with everything for the rest of the season and from what I’ve seen in these last few week I have reason to be worried like we all have!




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