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.
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.
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