It seems to us that the press did a good job, or at least had a good attempt to try to destabilize Newcastle, when we were really struggling, by coming out with reports that there was some conflict between the French contingent and others in the squad.
Coloccini and Willo at the final whistle Sunday – we’re safe
That was immediately denied by Derek LLambias, and certainly the last two games our lads showed a little more steel, and a lot of that was because Fab Coloccini returned to the side.
Mike Williamson, who had a solid game alongside Colo on Sunday, says there is not such conflict in the dressing room:
“There has been a lot said about it, a lot of speculation but you could see the commitment and the euphoria after the game between the players.”
“There is a lot of passion now and we are a very tight bunch.” “Maybe a lot is said about it in the media but it is all rubbish because the lads are tight, everyone doing it for themselves as much as each other.
“There is a lot of relief in the changing room and with the fans. It was a tough, tough game. We had to show resilience and character and I felt that is what was needed.”
“We are aware of what the fans have endured this season.” “As players, maybe we have not hit the heights both personally and collectively but we just want them to know it wasn’t through a lack of effort and commitment.”
“Hopefully we showed them that and we can enjoy the last game, the fans can have a great day out and we can try to get a big scalp against Arsenal.”
“We’ve got the strength and depth and whether we add a few in the summer or not that is down to the manager, but I feel we have all the quality and the attributes to replicate what we did last year.”
“I know it has been a tricky, tricky season but hopefully with a bit more of a rub of the green we can do what we did again.”
Those are good words from Mike, who’s a great professional, but we wonder what his future is in the summer, since he’s played very little this year.
He played well in the Benfica quarter final, and also did well on Sunday deputizing for the sick Steven Taylor.
We hope he stays at the club and fights for his place – since he’s now an experienced Premier League player – but he may want to move to pastures anew to play more first team games.
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