Newcastle Captain Could Be Our Savior – If He Plays


Fabricio Coloccini has been out since February 24th, when he injured his back in the 4-2 win over Southampton at St. James’ Park, and he has missed the last 12 games.

fab coloccini and alan pardew

Colo with Pardew – can he save us

And after that game – who would have thought we would be in a relegation dog-fight with just three games to go?

But there’s some good news from manager Alan Pardew today, that Colo should be ready to lead the lads in the last three games of the season, starting at Upton Park on Saturday.

This is what Alan had to say in the local press today:

“I think Colo’s important this week, no disrespect to the two center-backs who played against Liverpool but I think his leadership is important.” “Hopefully he comes through this week and we can get him out on the pitch, with the armband on.”

It seems that Yohan Cabaye has come under some criticism for his lack of leadership in the last two home game at St. Jame’s Park – and his future could even  be up in the air in the summer.

It will not be up in the air if Newcastle are relegated, that’s for sure, because he will be sold to the highest bidder.

Captain Colo is a folk hero on Tyneside, and these last three games – if he is fit to play – could be the most important games he has ever played for Newcastle.

And they could also be his last,  if he gets his wish to leave Newcastle in the summer, and return to Argentina to be with his family.

What do you think?

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59 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Well done Ed!

    Two winners in 1 photo

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #2

    Colo has been a much bigger miss than i thought he would have been if i’m honest.

    He is key to us, when he plays and is in form the whole side do well, hopefully he can play the last 3 games and want to stay next year (very unlikely i know).

    If he goes we need to sign a good CB, somebody with a lot of experience (can still be young at 23-5) but needs experience and leadership.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #3

    How long’s Colo been out .. and he’ll just pull on his shirt and be up to Prem pace … get real.

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  • Oldgit1

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #4

    I would say that willo is better in the air than saylor, fed up of staylors gungho tactics, is it a coincedence that we have been flooding in goals since willo was dropped.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #5

    Do you know what guys, I’ve been optimistic throughout the past 2 years, not going to change now with 3 games to go. It’s been fairly cr*p all year, even more cr*p the past few weeks, but this is football and one game can change everything.

    3 points this weekend of West Ham and we can push on.

    What’s the worst that can happen, spirits get even more trampled on? Only thing that can be worse than we feel right now is being relegated so might as well go down with a bang.

    It’s strained optimism, but optimism all the same. HWTL!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #6

    Ed,
    I’ve been trying not to complain about it as you have a Phd in computer science,the site has clearly been hacked with all these pop ups I can’t even use my tablet anymore on here,could you at least post a link telling us ur doing something about it.
    JfA .

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #7

    Will be good to have Colo back, need him to sort out this backline. Would also play Harper this weekend, he is still good enough and Elliot has conceded a lot of goals in his few premier league games…. Don’t want to knock the lad, but his confidence will be shaken, and it may be better to bring in Harpers experience for the last few games and let Elliot regroup for next season.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #8

    Lilongwe…Tough one with regards to Elliot or Harper. Not really a whole lot to chose between the two, so confidence has to be the main factor in who to play.

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  • Rainrix

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #9

    Ibiza…. Ah but if pardew does keep us up then sods law dictates that he wont be sacked and we’ll be lumbered with the toad for another season and likely lose all our players and money. Relegation will rid us of pardew but then we’re in the championship. Damn one way and damn the other. Boom.

    Pessimism triumphs again 🙂

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #10

    Jail…Does your tablet use the android platform?

    Others with phones that use android, there appears to be an adblock available, not tested it as I only use a laptop for the site, but may be worth checking out.

    http://adblockplus.org/releases/adblock-plus-11-for-android-released

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #11

    Ibiza
    Give me a pint of your optimism – cos I aint got any after Saturday’s shambles.

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  • JAMSHA

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #12

    ——————Harper——————-

    Saylor——-Colo———Mibwa—–Anita

    ——————Sissoko——————

    Arfa————–Cabaye————Jonas

    ————–gufo——–Cisse————

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  • corkypants85

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #13

    hopefully he will be fully comited to the cause for what could be the last three games of his toon career i loved him thought he was a top class defender i will be sad to see him and his haircut leave #iwantcurleyhairtoo

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #14

    Rainrix…Sorry mate, the only “triumph” to be had this season is to stay up.

    Would anyone really take being in the championship without Pardew over being in the PL with him?

    Especially considering he will likely be watched extremely closely if he is given another shot at it?

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  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #15

    Damn No Jonas please

    Any news on marveaux?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #16

    Charlie…Not going to lie, it’s taken a few days to be able to muster that up and it is forced optimism.

    I have just got to the point where I don’t see how being depressed about it is going to help at all. The manager, players and fans (like it or not) have to fight now. Pardew is clearly not going now, so we might as well give it a bloody good go.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #17

    Rainrix,
    Ashley has dreamed up this stability philosophy probably looking at Ferguson at Man U,but please remember this immense football knowledge decided to downsize the squad before a EL campaign,so do not be surprised to see Pards at SJP no matter what division were in.

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  • Rainrix

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #18

    Ibiza…. I don’t think anyone would take relegation again. Far too painful. I think most would swallow their hate for pardew if given the choice.

    Triumph? Doesn’t quarters of the europa league count? No? Ok fine no triumphs then 🙂

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  • JAMSHA

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #19

    Ibizatoon

    those android addblockres are fake i guess n wont work.. an guess even if it workd i would need a rooted fone

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  • jeff

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #20

    i heard marveaux got into a fight with abeid.

    just a rumour and so they were both removed from the squad. abeid had impressed and was going to be on the bench for the liverpool game

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  • JAMSHA

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #21

    it*

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  • Dude

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #22

    Don’t buy the argument that sacking Pardew is too much of a gamble. The real gamble is leaving him there because I can’t see a single shaft of light. I imagine we will lose at WH and probably against Arsenal. Makes the QPR match a must-win and against a relegated side that is such a random affair. If Wigan win this weekend I firmly believe we are down.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #23

    Jamsha…Really? Seems to be off the same site I got my adblocker from.

    Isn’t android for mobile devices, not fixed lines?

    Bit above me tbh, just saw it and thought I’d share 🙂

    Rainrix..That’s so yesterdays news 🙂

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  • Rainrix

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #24

    Jail… Silly me i forgot the elephant in the room that was ashley. 7 more years! Brendan rodgers would get less of a sentence for “masterminding” the massacre that happen on saturday.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #25

    Jamsha…Reading online, I think I have misunderstood the meaning of a rooted phone 🙂

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  • vanderlee

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #26

    Everyone is getting very worried by the threat of relegation, and rightly so.
    But, the way I see it is that we are now in a mini league with Sunderland, Aston Villa and Wigan and Norwich have a point head start.
    We have 3 games that are no harder than the others.
    We have a minimum of 2 points head start over Wigan.
    If we can’t amass more points than at least one of those other teams during the last 3 games then we deserve to go down.
    I am confident that we will get 4 points from the 3 games. We just need to dust ourselves down and get positive again and worry about where our club is going and who is guiding it there in the summer.
    Remember, Moyes finished 5th in his first season at Everton and then scraped to safety in 17th the following season.

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  • Rainrix

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #27

    jeff… Abeids at st Johnstone >_> ITK fail.

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  • dcdick

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #28

    Not even going to bother commenting upon the lack of effort/spirit/ambition/guts/coaching tactics

    Noticed a lot of people being bugged with “pop ups”

    I am using ADBLOCK search for it in any search engine…… it’s a good programme & works well for me on my browser Google Chrome

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  • Foxworth

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #29

    My revised team: 4-4-2

    Elliott (He is a good GK -. Better than Harps. Can do us proud.)

    Simpson – Willo (to match Carroll) – Colo – Gutierrez

    This is a back 4 that’s played together, has the knowing of each other & has PL experience.Two UK on right side – 2 Argies on left.

    Obertan – Tiote – Cabaye – Ben Arfa

    Gabby & HBA can terrify the opposition & attack is the best form of defence. Tiote & Cabaye know each other’s games & Cabs will actually have someone to pass too (RM, LM & 2 St’s) while Tiote will cover (hopefully) the back 4.

    Shola & Papiss up front.

    Willo can always punt hoofballs to shola who can knock em down for Cisse. Need 2 up front to make their defenders work – was none of that vs Liverpool.

    Hoping for something out of the game but not holding my breath!

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  • corkypants85

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #30

    newcastle 1-0 westham
    big andy og from a corner

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #31

    Ibiza, will u believe me now about Pardew !

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  • Spellcheck

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #32

    Indian,why always with the negativity,is their no teams in ur homeland too disrespect. Never liked ur comments,pointless!!!!!!!!!!

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  • jordijohnty

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #33

    surprise, surprise its having all those froggies in the team as to why we are so abject. well, according to some knob on talksport. Pardew is as popular with the media as ‘arry. If the lazy journos took the time to see our starting line on sat, then they would see who is at fault. I suppose to them tw@tts in london, its us as toon fans who are knee jerk reacting to getting rid of this loser. Still angry

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  • JAMSHA

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #34

    Ibizatoon

    lol most android apps are bloody fake…some time u end up payn for shit apps wich aint worth…. but since yestrday i havn seen many adds usen opera… jst had 1 add from yestrday 😀

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #35

    Munster…That he is not the best thing since sliced bread? Never doubted that.

    Honestly, even after this season, I will still hold reservations about him being as bad as many make out. I do accept he is far from perfect though and that a better manager would have likely coped much better. I still don’t hold him solely responsible for this season, there are loads of factors and Pardew isn’t big enough to have dealt with them all.

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  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #36

    Spell check

    Plenty here to dislike, can’t be bothered to please everyone

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  • JAMSHA

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #37

    havent*

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #38

    Jamsha…One add? Impressive stuff 🙂

    Sounds like people have been really struggling with the adds lately. Ed has said he’s dealing with it, wonder what the hell has happened?!? Pardew trying to take the blog down? 😉

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #39

    Off to meetings, have a good one.

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  • Rainrix

    Apr 30, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #40

    Ibiza…. Where is this mention from ed saying he’s dealing with it? Are you ed’s PR man now as well as pardews? Did sunderland lose last night on purpose? Am i making up crazy conspiracy theories? Answers Please! 🙂

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