Coloccini The Real Leader At Newcastle – He’s Been Sorely Missed


Fabricio Coloccini is a leader at Newcastle, but maybe because of his quiet and calm ways and very unlike Kevin Nolan as an example,  we didn’t think he had such an impact in the Newcastle dressing room,  but news is coming through today  that behind the scenes he is the real leader of the club.

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Fabricio Coloccini – calm and cool leader at the club

And Colo has said those reports last week in the Telegraph that the players had lost their team spirit and were bickering with each other, are simply untrue.

If that’s true it’s  not the first time journalists have made up stories to sell their papers, with little or no regard to the accuracy of the story.

This is what Colo, who has been giving lots of interviews today – had to say in the Evening Chronicle:

“We have meetings like any other team. We had meetings last year when we played fantastic.” “The meetings we have are to improve us. Then we can speak and see what is going wrong. No more than that.”

“That is normal when you are where we are now. The manager and the players are together.” “That is normal when you are where we are now. The manager and the players are together.”

“People can criticize when they want but we always give our best on the pitch and on the training ground.” “It was the same when they said I did not want to play or I was not giving 100%.”

“It can happen. It does not affect the changing room.” “We are together and we know what we are fighting.” “We have players who have played in the Champions League and have won league titles.”

“Nobody wants to go down here.” “We are fighting all together in the same way.”“It will be a very, very tough game at QPR.” “They have nothing to play for. We have everything to play for.”

It may well be that the players have missed Colo’s calm assurance, both on and off the pitch,  and certainly the lads seemed a lot better both in defense and midfield last Saturday at West Ham with the Argentine in the side.

We really don’t know which Newcastle side will turn up on Sunday, and it’s a bit of a worry.

What we’d like to see is a positive and good performance at Loftus Road from our lads, and perhaps we could even win the game by more than one goal.

But we are hardly confident that will happen – we just hope it happens – and then we’ll be all but safe.

And the agony will be over. 🙁

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294 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    May 9, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #1

    maybe he should have been around the club more as captain and highest paid player instead of spending a few weeks in argentina.

    He wants to leave so just let him leave, we won’t get much anyway for 30 year old CB with 2 years left on a contract.

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  • Generic Commenter

    May 9, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #2

    Transfer Sage

    I agree, it was the same with Ben Arfa going back to France for his hamstring. It’s rather worrying that our players feel the need to head ‘home’ when the going gets tough instead of sticking around for support

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  • Beattie25

    May 9, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #3

    9 years ago today a large section of fans turned their backs on Sir Bobby Robson after a 1-1 draw against Wolves. It came a few days after a Europa League semi final and on the back of a 3rd place finish the year before.

    We eventually finished 5th that season and Bobby was out shortly after.

    It shows you have far we have fallen that now when some hope to cling onto a manager that has taken us to the brink of relegation in recompense for past sackings.

    Sir Bobby had everything you could ever wanting a manager and is everything Alan could never be.

    We should have stood by Bobby for the good of the club, had we have done that we would’ve had the stability you all yearn for.

    Seeking forgiveness for Sir Bobby doesn’t mean offering just any manager the job and giving him the time to bring us stability.

    We should be looking for the next Sir Bobby, a man who can take us to the next level and do it with all the beauty and grace humanity can offer, and then when times get rough we should stand by him.

    That time isn’t now.

    Maybe there will never be another like Sir Bobby but that doesn’t mean we should stop trying.

    Today is a day that those that wanted Sir Bobby out should hang their heads in shame and today is also a day where those that want us to learn a lesson from his sacking and keep Pardew should also be ashamed.

    Pardew will never be fit to manage this club and should never be afforded the opportunities that not even Sir Bobby was given.

    I will always be vocal in my desire to find a manager who can offer the same qualities that Bobby had and until then we should keep searching for a manager who can take us to that level we once deserved to be at.

    In these past few days since Fergusons retirement my mind returns to Sir Bobby and I think how privileged we were to have such a great manager. If we had had him in the 90?s we would’ve won the league, if we kept him we wouldn’t be in this mess.

    9 years ago today the fans voted with their feet to remove a manager that loved the club and took us to places and levels we had hardly ever been before. If Robson wasn’t good enough for you then, then vote again this season by showing this false idol how much you think this season has stunk.

    We should learn from our mistakes and it would be a shame not to learn from Robsons sacking by accepting the current mediocrity when Bobby took us so much higher.

    People may say ‘hey we sacked Bobby and that’s why we shouldn’t sack Pardew’. Please don’t stain the great mans legacy by comparing the two.

    Pardew will never take us to that level so let’s find a man who can.

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  • Beattie25

    May 9, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #4

    That’s my lot on Pardew today.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    May 9, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Beattie

    Wonderfully surmised, couldn’t put it better myself.

    When the 8 year contract was given to AP, the buzzword of the day and ever since was “stability”. Looking at our current position I think to myself “is this what stability is?”

    One good season, followed by a mediocre relegation scrap followed by god knows what if we keep him in charge doesn’t seem very stable to me, yeah sure, we may have the same manager in charge to oversee this see-saw pendulum swing in our performances year after year, but I ask those who want to keep AP in the name of stability, will this stability see the best football we’ve ever seen at SJP? Will it bring us that trophy we’ve been longing for since 1969? Will it bring the best out of potentially some of the best players we’ve ever seen play in the black and white?

    If the answer is “No” to any of those questions, then what is the point of stability with Pardew?

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  • Novocastrian66

    May 9, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Beattie; Robson wasn’t sacked at the end of 2003/4 sesaon, he went after 4 games of the 2004/5 season none of which we won. We also only won one of our last 7 matches at the end of the 2003/4 season. We were poor and Sir Bobby had lost the changing room. No doubt.
    I thought Bobby should have been replaced, but he should have been given a position within the club to support a new young manager, namely Shearer.
    Removing Bobby wasn’t the error, our mistake was who was brought into replace him. Souness.

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  • toonaids

    May 9, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #7

    TOSH!

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    May 9, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #8

    Novo

    Removing the best manager we’d ever seen at the club wasn’t the error? Yeah replacing him with Souness was a bigger mistake but sacking SBR was a ludicrous decision!

    We finished no lower than 5th when he was in charge, so how can you say sacking him was not a mistake because we went on a bad run at the end of one season and had a slow start to the next?

    If that is your views on SBR I assume you want Pardew sacked?

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  • martoon

    May 9, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #9

    Beattie – obviously you were so proud of your last post you decded to repost it but I have to say for once I agree with most of your post. However I think your rose tinted spectacles forget that SBR had lost some control of the dressing room and it was rumoured some of the players made fun of him behind his back – however this was not enough of a reason to sack him IMO. Pardew is a good man manager and appears to handle players like Ben Arfa well (or so it seems) and I think some on here are prepared to give him the start of next season and see how he does.

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  • JackButler

    May 9, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #10

    Strange world from a man that wants out as he can’t keep a certain part of his anatomy in his pants.

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  • WorJordi

    May 9, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Beattie @ 3
    Quality.
    Absolute Quality
    We dont want to harrangue Pardew.
    We want a manager like SBR who loved this club. Had vision and tried to progress every year.
    I dont have anyhting against AP except he is hurting my club and your club and OUR CLUB
    I wish him well where ever he can find work.
    Just DO NOT keep bringing this great club down.
    I seem to remember SBR got a lot of stick the year before the 1990 world cup and ended up a whisker away ( well a deflection off Paul Parker) from a world cup final place.
    I hope we beat QPR and Arsenal beat Wigan and then MA gets his ass in gear and sorts this out to give us as much time as possible to settle ready for next season
    HWTL

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  • Beattie25

    May 9, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Novo

    I never said he was sacked during Pre season.

    Firstly he lost the stands before the dressing room and personaly I don’t think he lost the dressing room. I think the dressing room buckled under pressure from the fans.

    I also believe if he lost the dressing room we should have backed him and not the players, unlike now.

    Sir Bobby should not have been fired and I will say that to my dying day.

    The fans needed grounding and after bobby was sakes we were. Now we are grounded we need to think bigger and better.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    May 9, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #14

    JB

    That’s naughty journalism, Colo didn’t admit there were divisions in the squad, he merely admits that they held team meetings to discuss why they are where they are.

    Luke Edwards obviously has his own agenda, he’s a disgusting journo, if you read the article in the Chronicle it portrays it in a different way.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 9, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #16

    I just don’t see why we should give him another chance. We are not a small little club, we can get a bigger or better manager.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 9, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #17

    beattie

    bobby lost players like dyer and jenas, those idiots

    i’d have shipped 10 players like them out before a manager like bobby.

    get rid of a couple ring leaders and back the manager and the rest fall into line quickly.

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  • sirjasontoon

    May 9, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #18

    Drivel and Pardew is a Prick.

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  • JackButler

    May 9, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #19

    Ruddy

    These guy’s have no principles as they make their living as pure bred liar’s. The Levison inquiry didn’t go far enough as these disgusting people should be brought to heel and have their public voice taken away from them. If they don’t have a mass forum to spread their BS they’ll soon go away

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 9, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #20

    jack

    I hate how people construe free speech to mean ‘make up stories and publish it as truth’ or ‘take a quote entirely out of context to fit your story’

    standard of journalism is shocking.

    Then to top it all off the rich stop true stories getting published with injunctions and super injunctions.

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  • JackButler

    May 9, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #21

    Sir Bobby was shown nothing but disrespect from the like’s of Bellamy, Jenas and Dyer.

    The biggest mistake he made was not getting shot of them at the first opportunity, but sacking him was the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen happen at NUFC to treat one of our own like that will rankle with me forever

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 9, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #22

    jack

    exactly…all these young idiots thinking they were big time and showed a legend of management no respect.

    Kind of happy to see them having a poor end to their career compared to where they were under sir bobby.

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  • JackButler

    May 9, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #23

    Sage

    It was sickening that those so called ‘Big’ players, who had achieved absolutely nothing, treated a great man like Sir Bobby with such disrespect.

    I have had the displeasure of meeting Bellamy on a number of occasions and the guy is the most vile, disgusting individual that I’ve ever come across. He refused to sign a single autograph at a under 8’s football tournament when the kid’s were genuinely delighted to see a Premier League player there watching them, but then watching him being knocked out and left in the gutter the week after while out in Cardiff with the rest of the Welsh squad was a nice memory I have of him

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 9, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #24

    jack

    I can see how that helped haha.

    He is a horrid little man, jenas has achieved nothing after us and dyer has played about 5 games since we let him go.

    karma

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    May 9, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #25

    Luke Edwards…What a w*nk*r.

    How in one paragraph he can say:

    “When asked if there had been any divisions, Coloccini told the Newcastle Chronicle: “Yes, of course. That is normal when you are where we are now.””

    And then in the next say:

    “We have meetings like any other team. We had meetings last year when we were playing fantastic. The meetings we have are to improve us, we can speak and see what is going wrong. The manager and the players are together. Nobody wants to go down here, we are all fighting together.”

    Just get back under your rock Luke. You tried and failed. Move on, we are.

    How’s everyone doing? 🙂

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  • ganiyu

    May 9, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #26

    i cant log in with my android phone. Anyone with a solution ?

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 9, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #27

    ibiza

    It seems these days, especially online, the headline doesn’t have to match the story.

    Outlandish headline for a mundane story gets hits and therefore more money from advertisers.

    So much for a free press, it’s dictated to by sponsors, advertising and the editors own agenda.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    May 9, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #28

    TS…So true and one reason why I don’t believe anything they say. Normally there is a grain of truth, but where to draw the line? Might as well use a magic 8 ball.

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  • JackButler

    May 9, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #29

    Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has truly lost the plot if he think that Martinez is good enough for one of Europe’s big club

    “It’s a battle that I will lose and Wigan will lose at some point, I’ve no question on that,” Whelan told BBC Radio 5 Live.

    “It’s a case of would Roberto choose to go to Everton or would he wait for one of the really big clubs?

    “I’m not degrading Everton in any way, shape or form – they’re a great club with great supporters – but is Everton regarded as one of the top European clubs? Well, unfortunately they’re not.”

    Apart from ensuring that Wigan are in a relegation battle each and every year, what exactly has this guy done as a manager ?
    Top clubs have managers who get their teams to perform throughout the entire season and not just the last two months when they are fighting for their very lives

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  • JAMSHA

    May 9, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #30

    no prob with login on.android

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    May 9, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #31

    JB…Don’t get me started on Whelan and / or Martinez.

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  • martoon

    May 9, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #32

    ganiyu @26 – I have to change the ‘view’ from mobile to normal and then you can log in, then you can switch the view back again.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 9, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #33

    ibiza

    makes a good read but take everything papers say with a pinch of salt on sports/entertainment news.

    even proper news is getting diluted and often used by papers to support a political agenda. Depending on which paper reports something depends whether they spin something positive or negative.

    The bbc which is meant to be neutral is terrible for lack of substance in a lot of its work now. How standards fall.

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  • JackButler

    May 9, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #34

    @Ibiza

    Hahaha, sorry mate but my loathing for both of them is up there with how I feel about Pardew as all three are totally deluded

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  • JackButler

    May 9, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #35

    I honestly thought that Fergie has retired???

    The way people are still banging on about him you’d swear he’d died

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 9, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #36

    Jack

    he isn’t a good manager, he has turned them from a safe prem club under jewell and bruce to always fighting relegation

    but hey, who cares about that when your pass % is higher ha

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  • DokToon

    May 9, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #37

    ibiza, beattie, lads, hope alls well today

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 9, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #38

    jack

    there was a guy on the radio saying it was like a death and his boss sent him home to deal with it haha

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    May 9, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #39

    JackButler

    I’ve been saying that for a while, what exactly has Martinez done with Wigan that has earned him this reputation?

    He clearly is a poor man manager if he cannot get the same bunch of players motivated for the first 8 months of the season, sure they can play some fluid football when they’re 10 points adrift and facing yet another great escape, if anything Everton would be looking at his inability to form any semblance of a defensive unit as worrying, I think he’ll be found out if he goes there, never mind a “top European club”

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