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.
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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