There’s No Doubting The Commitment Of The Newcastle Captain


Fabricio Coloccini has played two outstanding games for Newcastle since he returned from that back injury, and we’ve picked up 4 points and secured our Premier League safety.

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Fabricio Coloccini – massive player for Newcastle

Alan Pardew appointed the Argentine as Newcastle captain last summer, and he’s looked a good choice, although he missed far too many games for us this season – which is one reason Newcastle have struggled so much.

Alan Pardew talked about Fab yesterday:

“We’ve missed him.” “I don’t know what our record is like when he doesn’t play, but he makes such a big difference to us. He had accusations thrown at him from certain websites that he wasn’t bothered.” “You can’t say something like that about someone like him.”

“Did you see him when Hatem Ben Arfa gave the ball away in the second half at QPR – he went absolutely ballistic.” “It meant so much to him, and it’s great to see that from your captain.”

“He was magnificent on Sunday, as was Mike Williamson, who had to come in at the 11th hour because Steven Taylor was suffering sickness and vomiting.”

We don’t know what the situation is right now with Coloccini’s domestic problem.

But when Pardew meets with Ashley and Llambias after Sunday’s final game against Arsenal, he should make it a priority to try to have Fabricio serve the remaining three years of his contract – that would be a big coup for the club if  we  can now do that.

For the record Coloccini has played 183 times for Newcastle with 5 goals.

Mike Williamson on Sunday showed he can still ado a good job for Newcastle and we wonder what will happen to him this summer, whether he will be sold or stay to fight for a place in the Newcastle defense.

His height, he’s 6’4″ gives us some cover when we are playing against tall strikers who are decent in the air, and that;s one reason Pardew used him in the second leg against Benfica, to combat Oscar Cordozo – who didn’t actually start that game.

And Chelsea won their second European trophy in two years by beating Benfica 2-1 last night,with a last gasp header from Branislav Ivanovic, who obviously showed no ill effects from being bitten by Luis Suarez.

It was a really close game and a good one to watch.

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147 comments so far

  • The Guru Munro

    May 16, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #1

    I agree we’ve missed him but we were hardly moving mountains with him in the team before his injury.

    Pardew deflecting attention from himself to the captain and finding another accurate yet over hyped reason as to why we played terribly.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    May 16, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Guru…Hardly Pardew saying that’s why we have suffered. Just that it’s good to have him back and that the criticism that came his way was over the top.

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  • Markaccus

    May 16, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #3

    Guru. That is Keeganesque….. i am slightly aroused. Id say it looks more of a 3511 though… because i am pedantic.

    Ruddy. Sorry i am wasting your coffee 😀

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  • The Guru Munro

    May 16, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #4

    Also Alan Pardew you said:

    “Did you see him when Hatem Ben Arfa gave the ball away in the second half at QPR – he went absolutely ballistic.” “It meant so much to him, and it’s great to see that from your captain.”

    Surely as the manager you should be doing the same.

    I’ve seen more life in a mummified corpse than Pardew on the sidelines (exception being when we are winning). Everything goes into the notepad.

    There is no point saying after the match, Benny you gave away the ball too easily. Get on him straight away and get animated Pardew, that’s what we like to see.

    Put down the pad and start being a manager and stop being an administrator.

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  • Puppet Pardew's Brainlessness

    May 16, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Or guru you’re reading too much into it and we have missed Colo. You really think we would have shipped 6 against Liverpool with Colo there?
    I also find we are more attacking with him in the team, more confidence in a defence led by Colo?

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 16, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #6

    repost from another thread:

    Spreadthetoon – No rant at all I like to hear different views on the matter mate

    I agree with you that Cabaye is good at what he does and yes perhaps injuries have played a part in his poor performances this season, I hope so.

    No doubt we need him and that he’s critical to our team-at the moment. But hearing his comments the other day might mean his heart is not 100% with NUFC anymore…who knows? What I am saying is that if he were to go for say 25M I imagine he won’t be that hard to replace. We got him for under 5M, imagine what we could get for 25M? See my point.

    He is a critical player for us now because we have no one else like him in our team, but with the money we could get from him we could get at least 3 like him or even better than him.

    What I would hate to see happen is for Cabaye to keep under-performing because he might be thinking that he’s made it in the EPL and see his value plummet much like Tiote.

    I also know that Cabaye’s game is more about passing but what I was trying to say is that part of his game has not been very noticeable this season. His free-kicks however are amazing and his technique is top-drawer there.

    We need more pace, dribblers, a couple more Cabayes (players with grit and an eye for a pass), a couple of Strikers at least another CB and we might be sorted for the summer

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 16, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #7

    damn Ed are you quick on these articles! LOL

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  • Markaccus

    May 16, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #8

    Guru. Pardew seems to have gone all shy since he chinned the assistant ref v spuds.

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  • Dondatta13

    May 16, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #9

    Repost:

    I hear the Pardew phone in has been cancelled? Has he bottled it? or does he know he wont be in charge next season?

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  • The Guru Munro

    May 16, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #10

    Ibiza

    I’m just getting back into the swing of Inge and trying to upset people. That’s all, I know Pardew has done nothing wrong but who would I be if I didn’t try to insinuate he was the anti Christ.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    May 16, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #12

    Guru…Inge?

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  • The Guru Munro

    May 16, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #13

    Markaccus

    True.

    The same could be said with Tiote and his sending off after the mackems.

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  • Markaccus

    May 16, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #14

    Dondatta… its postponed until after the ars game. Probably the right thing to do, to be fair.

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  • The Guru Munro

    May 16, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #15

    Ibiza

    I type to fast and the autocorrect changes it into things I don’t recognise.

    I like it though, it’s my calling card.

    The guy who thinks he’s clever but can’t even spell.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    May 16, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #16

    Guru… 🙂

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  • Spoof

    May 16, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #17

    What a load of rubbish, we have played against a West Ham side who were already on holiday and a QPR side who are just simply awful, then all of a sudden it’s a case of we’ve missed Colo, what a load of crap, he is an awful defender and the quicker he goes the better.

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  • Dondatta13

    May 16, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #18

    Markaccus@14… Ah right, yes it would make sense to have it after the final ball has been kicked.

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  • The Guru Munro

    May 16, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #19

    Spoof

    That’s on another level,

    Awesome.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    May 16, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #20

    Spoof…Don’t rate Colo then?

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 16, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #21

    To me Colo let the club, the manager and us fans down when halfway through the season he tries to force a move back to Argentina. That was a right kick in the balls and more or less left us to die. Then he got suspiciously injured and came back to save us just in time.

    Colo is massive for this club, our club captain and should at least held on till the end of the season to try a move back home.

    He is indispensable to us though as he showed what a huge difference his presence and organisation did for the team when he came back from injury.

    If he is to leave we would have to get Sakho or someone similar to fill in that huge gap in the team.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    May 16, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #22

    4-2-3-1 could work in this formation but I doubt Pardew has the balls to play it.

    ——–Sissoko——–Anita————-

    ——HBA——Cabaye—-Marv——

    ———————Cisse——————–

    Those 3 behind Cisse are bound to create chances and score a few themselves.

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  • Spoof

    May 16, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #23

    Ibiza
    whatever gave you that idea lol

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  • aidytoon9

    May 16, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #24

    Hope colo does stay but his head needs to be right. The ball is in our court as he is still under contract and think argy team wont cough up the fee.
    Would play mapou alongside him as feel that taylor just isnt good enough on a regular basis.

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  • Spreadthetoon

    May 16, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #25

    JP

    No worries.

    Btw not related to this post but forgot to mention flank options:-
    PEA, HBA, GOUFFRAN, Jermaine Lens

    Then
    Siem de Yong – CAM

    Then
    Cabaye & Sissoko

    I think Cabaye would be a much more potent and better plyr with Sissoko playing alongside him. I think Sissoko is best utilised coming from deep…..as is Cabaye. So the missing link between them and Cisse is Siem de Yong (1 plyr) then Jermain Lens (2) and PEA (3) as additional attacking options on the flanks could spiral us to where our aspirations lie. Hope that makes sense.

    As for getting £25m for Cabaye I do not think that that would enable us to get similar quality. We are very fortunate to have found Cabaye and that he has decided to play for us is a real privilege. I have not heard what he has said…..but I find it unlikely that he would leave, especially seeing as also one of his best mates has just joined the team…i.e. Mattieu…..I think the future is bright….just not convinced by AP. He needs to change his approach, accept responsibility and act with a lot more humility.

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  • Puppet Pardew's Brainlessness

    May 16, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #26

    @Bpc pretty much what I posted yesterday. It was roundly ignored lol

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 16, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #27

    Spoof – what you smoking son? 🙂 Colo is massive to us whether you like it or not. He made a huge difference when he came back and calmed the back four and marshalled them all match. If he goes we will miss him badly.

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  • Spoof

    May 16, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #28

    If I won the Euro millions lottery I would pay up Colo’s contract for him and bye him a one way ticket to Buenos Aires, whilst wishing him all the best of course, we have to be civil don’t we ?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    May 16, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #29

    Spoof…I don’t like to blow my own horn, but I have a canny knack of being able to read between the lines 🙂

    Is it the way he’s acted this year in trying to get a move or him as a player you don’t like?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    May 16, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #30

    Did PPB just say something?

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  • Spoof

    May 16, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #31

    JP
    I’m smoking the Guru’s blues ? whatever they are, but they’re bloody good.

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  • Spoof

    May 16, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #32

    Ibiza
    its both, but how did you know, are you some sort of mind reader, I’m in shock, you are just amazing lol

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    May 16, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #33

    Big Pappa…I like that. I also wouldn’t mind it in a 3-2-1 with

    Cabaye–Sissoko–Anita
    —-Benny——-Marv—-
    ———–Cisse———–

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    May 16, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #34

    Spoof from previous thread

    Well I don’t see Santon as a typical LB, although nor do I see him as winger, he’s a bit of an enigma as he doesn’t seem good enough at either position to nail it down. He isn’t solid enough defensively to be our LB long term, nor is he incisive enough to be a winger.

    I agree that he is more attack minded but he seems more of an attacking wing back, and due to the fact that we don’t use wing backs then how do we use him?

    He’s regressed on his defensive game big time this season, perhaps he never really had a defensive game and it is the midfield who aren’t covering his runs like they did last year but I’ve yet to be convinced about Santon.

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  • chris_g

    May 16, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #35

    The Guru Munro // May 16, 2013 at 1:44 PM wrote:

    I’ve seen more life in a mummified corpse than Pardew on the sidelines…

    No change there then!

    In 2008 eva4charlton wrote:

    Since we were relegated, he has stopped showing much emotion, just stands in the box outside the dug out with arms folded. We don’t need our manager to stand there in total disbelief, we need him to be shouting at the players, sorting out new strategies, thinking of useful substitutions, generally showing some passion…

    http://www.charltonlife.com/discussion/19661/has-alan-pardew-now-lost-the-fans

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  • Spoof

    May 16, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #36

    Ibiza
    I’m the same m8, I always prefer others to blow my horn as well.

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  • beefman13

    May 16, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #37

    Rafa for the Toon, it could happen on monday! I will believe it when u see it of course but thw rumour mill is cranking up big style, pardews talk in 2moro night cancelled as we all know, they reckon hes going to get the peddler.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    May 16, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #38

    Spoof…Oh stop it, you’re making me blush.

    Do you really think he’s that bad? I think he lacks pace and is somewhat lacking in captaining skills for me (but then again, most of our players lack there), but I do think he brings a calm head to our back line and generally his positioning is decent.

    Granted there are better defenders in the world, but he’s surely not so bad you’d pay out his contract?

    Actually, don’t answer that, I already know 😉

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  • Ian Toon

    May 16, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #39

    Spoof- he has had a poor season overall but played extremely well in his comeback games. I saw him at Fulham in December and he was to blame for both Fulham’s goals. We had played our best attacking football of the season only for poor defending to cost us the game.
    I favour thanking him for his services and a clean break. A good pre season with a new squad and off we go again.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    May 16, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #40

    Alright there beefy, how’s tricks?

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