Newcastle Must Keep Coloccini On Tyneside

Fabricio Coloccini returned to the side last Saturday, following the disastrous capitulation of Newcastle against Liverpool, where damage was done in the relationship between fans to players – and for once the Newcastle side looked very solid at the back and we got as clean sheet.

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Fab Coloccini – we must try to keep this man on Tyneside

Fab is a good player – a great player – and if Newcastle can survive in the Premier League,  every effort must be made to try to persuade him to stay at Newcastle for the three years left on his contract and help Newcastle get back to where we were last season – in the top six.

The 31-year-old wants to leave Newcastle in the summer ro return to Argentina to solve the personal problem he has – and if he had his way in January – he would have left Newcastle.

But we’ve never doubted Colo’s commitment to the club – never – because he’s too good a professional not to give 100% in every game.

This is what Colo had to say in the Shields Gazette today:

“I’m very happy to be back,” “I’ve never been injured or out for that long.” “I like to feel like a footballer, and it’s important to be back.

“I heard people said I wouldn’t play because I wanted to leave, and that I don’t give 100 per cent.” “I don’t like to speak to the Press too much, because I’m like that.”

“But I try to speak on the pitch. I always give 100 per cent.” “I love playing football,”  “I don’t care what happens in my future, I just want to play.”

“On Sunday we have a game, and I want to play. If we had another game on Tuesday, I’d want to play in that as well. I always like to be on the pitch.”

“It’s difficult to watch and not play,” “Sometimes you want to help the team, or try to help others. It’s difficult to do that when you’re watching.”

“It was very hard, especially games like Sunderland, where you want to be on the pitch.”

If we can stagger over the finish line and stay in the Premier League  a week on Sunday, there are lots of question to be answered by Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias – and the first is who is the right man for the job as Newcastle manager.

Once that’s decided then there can be a clear-out of players and new players  brought in.

But we must try to keep Coloccini at Newcastle – because he has the class and experience to lead Newcastle right back to fighting for a top six place.

And if we survive – and it’s still an if at the moment – that has to be the aim next season.

What do you think?

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33 comments so far

  • TorqToon

    May 9, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #1

    Sage – I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t talk about things I’ve heard etc until our league place is secured for next season.

    Things I know and have been told could be suobject to change should we get relegated this season. So for my own sanity, and to avoid any b1tching and moaning by certain individuals, I’m steering clear of transfer talk.

    Hopefully we as a club will be in position come Monday to discuss next season. But we all know not to count our chickens.

  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    May 9, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Torq Toon

    Atleat tell us of french outgoings, which are bound to happen, regardless of the division.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 9, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Wise move, Torq. We know you speak the truth though.

  • beefman13

    May 9, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #4

    I cant see him staying personally, if he does fine, I would deploy him as the holding midfield player, a player who has skill but not that great pace but reads the game so well, I sometimes feel the lad is to skilful for centre half.

  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    May 9, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Laurent Robert 32

    Torq toon wears the T-shirt which has the quote

    “trust me i am a Doctor”

  • Transfer Sage

    May 9, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #6

    Cole would be great to keep, calms the defense so much.

    But if he wants to leave let him, no point keeping a player who wants to be home. More important things in life than football and family is one of those things.

  • Transfer Sage

    May 9, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #7

    colo not cole

  • Marty-Toon

    May 9, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #8

    no news at nufc is good news for sure,
    Bad news follows this club around like gum on the sole of our shoe.

    Don’t and never liked SAF but he’s a quality dinosaur of a manager but he’d never wanna come to us.
    Would be a great job for a top boss though as no one can get it right up here.
    Sir Bobby and KK came close but that’s it.
    We been nearly there but that’s when we spent absurd amounts if cash.
    Is there actually someone out there with the quality we need and a big pair of nuts to take us on?
    One step forward two steps back but as we see with his other companies MA can be tough and very smart.
    Maybe he can get smart and sort out our mess.
    Or maybe he can just sell the club or half the club to the fans and let us decide some important things… that’ll happen!

    Anyway,Swansea thank you very much for your help.
    Hopefully we can do something now ourselves

  • Transfer Sage

    May 9, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #9

    some none nufc transfer news doing the rounds

    falcao and rooney to chelsea
    ronaldo to man utd (as good as free)- allows bale to move there too

  • Spotlight Kid

    May 9, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #10

    GG@4 last post (…and others justifying Pardew being given more time)

    Because SAF was crap in his first season doesn’t mean anyone who is crap in any given season will become as successful as SAF. I am spelling this out slowly and carefully because it is clear that you (and many others, perhaps even MA?) don’t quite grasp this inconvenient logic. SAF had pedigree even before pitching up in Manchester.

    IE:If Mr A is wearing a red jumper, and Mr B is wearing a similar red jumper it does not follow that Mr A is as clever as Mr B.

    I often wonder if this blog has simply been hi-jacked by Sports Direct employees on their daily 15 minute lunch break as they gaze up adoringly at their great leader’s portrait gazing down sternly from the canteen wall?

    Meanwhile the good ship NUFC has been taken to the edge of the rocks by an utterly incompetent captain, and fans are busily comparing make believe delusional shopping lists for next season. And still Ed bangs the drum and urges everyone to support the idiot captain as he yells out instructions from the touch line

    “…ahead two knots, left hand down a bit, right hand down a bit, no a bit more, no stop, back up a bit….(CRUNCH!!) …oh gosh!”

    You couldn’t make it up!

  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    May 9, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #11


    where is NUFC news

  • tooninspain

    May 9, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #12

    Spotlight….I think you’ll find a split opinion on here about Ashley.

  • Marty-Toon

    May 9, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #13

    Think if Tiote was half as controlled on he ball as Collo that we’d have a quality midfield
    Don’t think we will be able to keep him.
    He’d be great in DM.
    Big clear out when we hopefully get over the line.
    Demba BA to score the winner against Villa to help us stay up- thanks for that Syrup man

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 9, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #14

    Indian, ha. Injecting transfer medicine to the Toon army.

  • swiller2004

    May 9, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #15

    ronaldo has 2 years left on his contract at real marid so I don’t think he’ll be allow to leave on a free. But obviouly i’m not ITK like transfer saga!!!!!!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 9, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #16

    Lilongwe Geordie
    from last thread

    Centre half on the back of your shirt

    Brian ‘Killer’ Kilcline played for the Toon in the early 90’s – took no prisoners

  • Transfer Sage

    May 9, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #17


    Well the story i’m hearing, and a few press have picked up too, is that nike who are doing a deal with man utd as kit sponsor will go from the 250mil agreed to 300+ to cover the ronaldo fee.

    Nike sponsor ronaldo and man utd, madrid are sponsored by adidas. Ronaldo sells shirts wherever he goes and nike think that with him in one of their shirts for years to come it is a safe investment to push their brand even further.

    But then again you’re not ITK are you 😉

  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    May 9, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #18


    I think he meant Nike to pay for his Transfer fee so Few more cobwebbs develop on manu’s coffers

  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    May 9, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #19

    Laurent Robert 32

    That can go on the back

  • Transfer Sage

    May 9, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #20


    that’s exactly what i meant sir.

    technically man utd will pay the fee to follow regulations but nike will up their sponsorship by whatever amount madrid charge. (possible hernadez will be in that deal too according to some papers).

    Might pave the way for lewedowski to come in as well.

  • Transfer Sage

    May 9, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #21


  • Transfer Sage

    May 9, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #22


    not heard much news for us to be honest. All i have heard is for the last 2 months is that we will be similar amount of incomings as to what we brought in during january.

  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    May 9, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #23


    We should really Raid SC freiburg, some of their players are exceptional.

    Matthias Ginter, Max Kroose, Jonathan Schmid, oliver sorg, Cristian Gunter, Daniel Calijuri

  • Marty-Toon

    May 9, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #24

    Tooninspain and spotlight
    First of all I have to say I’m not an Ashley fan
    MA’s plan of what he’d like to do with the club is probably very good for us and the club.
    Build a good youth system
    Have a good scouting system-this will take time and knowledge and so far has worked in small doses
    Put the club on a good financial footing.

    The fans here are deluded
    We think that because we’ve
    Had a bit of success in the 60’s that were a top club
    Because we get 52000 in the gates that we’re a top club
    Because we got a billionaire owner that he should be our Sugar Daddy like Abramovich
    No wonder other supporters laugh at us.
    We are great fans at this club,as loyal as they get really but to think that we expect to be up there with clubs competing when they’ve been there for years on end at the top and we’ve been hobbling along in their footsteps then we need to get a grip of reality.
    We first need to be a stable mid table team before expecting any attack on the top 6 as last year was a bit of a fluke.

    I believe we are a brilliant club and have been an exciting team at times in our history
    We do need investments and one is on our training ground with all the injuries.
    We need a top manager and that is not AP as we’ve got a nucleus of a top team with some major cleaning to be done but as MA is supposed to be thinking it’ll take a few years.
    As we found out this year t won’t work with too many foreigners

    Hopefully we can get the mix right in the next 8/10 years

  • Markaccus

    May 9, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #25

    Morning all. I have been away from here for a while due to being totally bored stiff with the same debate on every article. However there are now new points to discuss with people rather than just repeating the same pro v anti pardew arguments over and over. So…. in sumary from my side…… 1) is pardew totally to blame? I dont think so. 2) is he part of a problem? Definitely. 3) can he sort it out? Last season suggests yes, this season suggests no. 4) is he the man to eventually take us to the next level? Absolutely not. Wrong type of manager whether you are for or against him. 5) if and when we upgrade…WHO? I am personally not keen on benitez, but cant think of many proven managers. We cant have an unknown or untried at some sort of high level. We would be better off keeping pardew another year in that case. If the worst happens and we go down then an untested would be ok as long as they are ambitious.

  • toonbrother

    May 9, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #26

    Passage of time heals painful memories. Colocinni was fully fit and present during the shocking run of form that saw us lose at home to swansea, reading ,fulham and westham and concede 7 (i repeat 7 ) goals against Arsenal.

    To judge his importance to the club on the basis of one solitary game against Westham is simply fickle and a little stupid i might add. He is not a poor player but he is not the difference between a solid defence and rubbish one (as the results I have listed above illustrate).

    If you ask me he should be free to leave in the summer. Carr needs to weave his magic and find us a young dominant centre half who can truly make a difference

  • Sav

    May 9, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #27

    Its the BS about wanting to slope off to San Lorenzo that has people doubting Colo’s commitment, nothing else. And he (and his old man) have done little to dispel that. A straightforward denial and ‘I’ll be here next season’ would suffice. However, it has been sadly absent. No-one doubts his commitment or his quality on the pitch. If there are ‘family issues’, I’m sorry about it but please don’t BS your fans or imply that somehow it is the fans who are being disloyal by doubting your commitment..

  • Carryingcoals

    May 9, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #28


    Whilst I undoubtedly enjoy your posts and moreover do not disregard your transfer rumours but I do remain skeptic nonetheless.
    I won’t ask you what your sources are or namely who it may be (in regards to NUFC) although could could you let us know what area they come from? PR, inside club, your own position etc.
    I certainly don’t have you down for a wind up merchant because I more often than not drawn in to enjoyable NUFC discussions with you over many others. I don’t wish to cause offense, rather I’m curious what the provenance is as I’ve never known – again not looking for distinct details.
    re: Man U comments/Ronaldo it certainly makes sense, though whether Ron would want to leave Madrid to come back to a Fergie-less United remains unclear.

  • tooninspain

    May 9, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #29

    Marty…good post, and I agree with most of what you say. As I said earlier, opinion is split on Ashley. What we witness, however, is the blind hatred some posters have for him, some even blaming him for our poor performances on the pitch. I don’t really care if he uses NUFC as a vehicle to promote his company….after all, when we were owned by the previous regime, there were signs all over St James’ advertising construction companies and scrap companies owned by the very same people. And as for people saying it was down to the Halls and Shepherd that we have the 52k all-seater stradium we see today….well which companies were contracted to do most of the work?

  • nufc 11

    May 9, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #30

    Call a spade a spade here folks he has been the catalyist for the bad defending that has gone on all season his head has been bk in Argie. There was talk of the big 4 trying to snap him up (man city) in summer due to his season last season and then for it to turn out the way it has Willo, Santon Taylor and Yanga have all been below par and he is meant to be their leader you wouldnt see it happen at man utd our defence is prob the worst bar reading in the league we Ba banging goals in for fun sometimes scoring 2-3 and still on losing side bcoz of the sloppy out of bed additute of our bk4 AP has alot to answer for too. To end i really hope we stay up but we need a new pipe piper4next season, Martinez, Lennon, Poyet, Zola, luadrup or lambert if possible.

  • davis_toons

    May 9, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #31

    Argentina Under-20 that won the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship, as well as the gold medal winning Argentina team at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

    Colo is one of the best Defenders in Interception and reads the game well. A good leader at the back line.

    Under-study Stylor is no-where near his standard of Class.

    Stylor is a typical english lad that defends with his heart….(this is the spirit we need of course, but skill is still more important, the rest can be motivated with good coach and stable club structure)

    An example is Simpson, he can and want to defends with his heart but just doesn’t have the up skill to execute it. Its a waste. He have the heart of Patrice Evra but not skills. this modern football with heart alone is not enough. Like Sir Alex have said: Football have change and is always changing.

    If we want to change we have to get in reasonable players.

    Man Utd release so many defenders through all this years and of whom are still playing in this league or lower. They are is a useful player but not good enough.

    1. Sunderland – Captain guess who? John O’Shea

    If we want improvements we will NOT take these players.
    We rather should take someone whom is new fresh and youth got the determination and drive to learn and pick up and stay together and grow as a team.

  • davis_toons

    May 9, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #32

    This is the kind of players that can be the next big thing.

    Youth is the ways to go about. We do not need another 10 -17 million to buy another Owen or Colo. Because they are already in our club.

    Its a matter of time whether the seeds will blossom.

    Example Andy Carroll, if he continues to stay and develop, he could have further up his strength but will he be suitable to play in the Manager philosophy, thats another question.
    (With pardew, Yes, he could, simply because he not playing passing football even though he said he was.)

  • davis_toons

    May 9, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #33

    Bottom line the club got to fight hard for talented youth players.

    Or we are just out of the game.


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