Encouraging News On Fabricio Coloccini’s Newcastle Future

There’s been a lot of publicity this year surrounding the personal problems of Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini with his wife and kids now living in Buenos Aries, and Fabricio tried to leave Newcastle and join San Lorenzo last January, but was unsuccessful.

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Fab Coloccini – in his comeback game at West Ham

And if there was any doubt about Colo’s value to Newcastle as a player or captain it was put to rest after Fabricio returned after his back injury and steadied the Newcastle defense in helping Newcastle get 4 points out of our last three games in which we conceded only two goals, and the Argentine was simply a massive presence at the back for the Magpies.

And Colo is also a first class professional who doesn’t particularly like to talk to the press, but he said he would be giving 100% for the team despite his personal predicament and that’s exactly what he did.

So we think it would be massive if Newcastle can get Coloccini to see out the remaining three years of his contract, and maybe the Argentine can help lead Newcastle back to a top six place in the Premier league next season, which is certainly possible despite the doom and gloom at the moment surrounding the team.

There was some good news in the Evening Chronicle yesterday that Colo will likely be back on Tyneside next season and has been told the club will support him in every way they can to over come his personal situation, and also that he will remain captain of the side..

We had reported last Wednesday that Marcelo Tinelli, an Argentine TV host and businessman, along with other Argentine businessmen were trying to raise money to help San Lorenzo buy Coloccini.

And the big news yesterday reported in the Chronicle was that San Lorenzo have failed to convince that group of businessmen to provide funds to buy the Argentine International.

The business group want to provide money to the Buenos Aries club but would prefer to be spent on younger players and a source from San Lorenzo had this to say:

“They feel that the money could bring in a number of younger players instead. And that’s how it would be spent.” “It now looks impossible that Coloccini could play here next season. It looks like the end of the story.” “Even big clubs like Boca Juniors and River Plate are struggling financially here.”

Coloccini is currently with Argentina but didn’t play in the 0-0 draw with Columbia in Buenos Aries on Friday night in the World Cup qualifier which left Argentina still well clear at the top of the South American group.

Alan Pardew had a talk with Colo after the last game of the season, and he has been left in no doubt that Newcastle are willing to help him in any way they can – if Colo will continue to give Newcastle 100% on and off the field, and remain the captain.

It’s looking good that Colo will be willing to do just that when he returns to training on Thursday July 11th, after being given an extra week off because of his participation in the World Cup qualifiers.

For the record, Colo has so far played 184 times for Newcastle with 5 goals, and has been an excellent acquisition for the club since we signed him from Deportivo for £10.4M in the summer of 2008.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #1

    Expat, Repost
    I’d quite happily have Ince for Ben Arfa. You say “one of the most outstanding and influential players in the PL”, stats don’t back you up. He doesn’t get enough assists, and doesn’t score enough for the talent he has. He is a show pony, looks nice, does good things, but when it comes to a race is left in the stalls.(I’m a flat racing fan, more then jumps). I posted this figure the other day, but in 237 career games, in 4 title winning sides, he has only 29 assists. That isn’t even an assist every 10 games.

    Relegated in an instant? Why? If we bought players that Pardew knew how to utilise, then surely the team would have more cohesion?

    I think our bone of contention here is not really to do with players, other than maybe HBA, but is more to do with whether we believe Pardew can change and adapt. I hope he can, I am extremely doubtful though.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #2

    Ba’s initial contract was based on the fact that if he was out injured with anything related to his knee, then he didn’t get paid. That was the only reason that the club conceded to allowing the release clause in the first place. I think the club did the right thing initially, pay as you play made sense for a player who struggles to pass a medical, but he had no issues with it during his time, so why not alter his contract, increase his wages.

    I’m not sure Chelsea offered him massive wages, more than he was on here, undoubtedly, but from what I have heard/read it is around similar to what we pay Colo, so by no means out of our capabilities.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #3

    More for the last thread. No young player will develop under Pardew and our coaches. At some point Ash may realise for his plan to work these youngsters need a sell on value not just drift away like Abeid and Amaltifano.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #4

    croftus ,
    Ba was a quick replacement ha ha,it was six months later man.

  • HullMag6

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #5

    I hope he stays the last few matches showed we missed him.

    Sign both derby lads, fee plus perch if necessary although I would prefer perch to stay the best utility player we’ve had since Steve Watson imo. He’ll put in a shift regardless.

    I’d prefer to keep cisse too but with the shirt issue and tactical set up I feel we might be better making a change.In the end we have who we have in charge and hope they learn and improve and make the right decisions and choices this time around.We need to get behind the team whoever is in it.(Even with fingers crossed behind your back every match or hope MA finds his balls and pulls the trigger sooner rather than later if its failing)

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #6

    It would be great if HBA had an injury free season at near 100% fitness.
    But the fact is that he doesn’t score very often and gives the ball away a lot.
    He looked very slow at the end of last season.

    Who knows what Ashley, Llambias and Pardew will do … probably not a lot and as cheap as possible.

    I’m dubious about Colo, I don’t like it when NUFC players would prefer to be somewhere else.

  • expatmag

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #7


    I have to disagree with you there.

    Thje season before last from the moment HBA came on as a sub against Sunderland, he was electric. I think ot was something like 6 goals and 10 assists in half a season attributed to him and with an on form Cabayue and Cisse and to a ;esser extent Ba, we were lethal as results bore out.

    However, being played wide on the right isplates him especially when the opposition double and sometimes triple up on him.

    Olaying him behind Cisse where he can come short and receive the ball and with his pace and skill turn defenders so well and drawing central defenders out would provide numerous opportunities for Cisse in behind.

    Ince is ;largely untried and has impressed in the championship buthas yet to show anything at the top level, Iwouldnt risk 10million plus on him plus he couldnt play the central role like HBA.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #8

    Graham wasn’t the best example to pick, but my main point is that if we bring Carroll back then we shouldn’t overpay. Since leaving us, he has done nothing to justify being worth more than 10million. Not to mention the wages. I wouldn’t give him any more then he was on when he left c.40k I think.

    Nolan was great, and what you say is true. He is aging though, and who would you leave out for him? I’d have him back as a squad player, but isn’t he on around 50k a week? That is 15k more then Cabayes contract was reported as! He only scored 4 more then Cabaye last year, and played in a much more advanced position as well as taking penalties…

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #9

    why do ppl on here even suggest selling Cisse, he’s a cracking goal scorer and when given enough support he could get at least 20-30 goals a season and if we did sell him who the hell are we gonna bring in we are still waiting for a replacement for Ba

  • dbpjake

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #10

    How many years has collo got left on his contract? Correct me if I am wrong but if he wanted to be back home that much he could buy out his contract, it would be an ugly end and I really hope it doesn’t come to that but it could still be possible

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #11

    10 assists in half a season? He only has 10 since joining us! He made 30 appearances that year, compared to the 22 this season.

    I get it, he is great to watch and adds a bit of excitement when he has the ball, which, at the minute for us is a rare commodity! But in terms of productivity, he is woeful. He isn’t a bairn anymore either, so it isn’t like he has lots of developing to do.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #12

    Black and White,
    I am suggesting letting him leave as he doesn’t suit the style of play. I think he is a great goalscorer, but one of our problems last year was the fact that we didn’t retain possession enough when it went to the striker. While this could be remedied in other ways (style of play, formation etc) I haven’t seen anything to persuade me that Pardew will do this, so why not get someone in who is better suited to holding up play.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #13

    Take away Ben Arfa from our side and the ounce of edge of your seat action which does emerge, will most likely go with it.

    Pardew would love that, his dream Stoke team, would be creeping closer.

    Most long balls in the league, yet he complains we aren’t tall enough to score corners? That says it all.

  • scout

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #14

    Agree with the above post get the two from derby and stick them straight in the first team, Spider-Man , Ben arfa one falls over the other cant release a football.
    Nice freshen up next season, otherwise were doomed

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #15

    I think in Jan it was said that it would cost Colo around 7 million to buy him out of his contract.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #16

    There will be a noticeable improvement in most of the players positive stats if we actually played “on the front foot”. That’s the actual front foot, not Pardew’s opposite version.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 9, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #17

    I’m getting closer to that conclusion. I almost think it could be worth doing what Villa did, writing off one season, scraping survival, but bring in some top youngsters and build for the future. So Hughes, Bennett, Ince, Redmond Maguire, Reach etc. to compliment our brightest prospects.

    At least then I would be able to see where this project was heading, rather then being disillusioned and confused by the contradictions offered in statements and actions by the club and its ambassadors.

  • scout

    Jun 9, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #18

    This long ball theory is pure fantasy, fair enough we were top of that poxy league but it was a close run thing. If the players moved around and give each other an option, this might avoid the long ball.
    Don’t agree that pardew has instructed long ball, why would you with cisse up front he couldn’t hold a thought

  • scout

    Jun 9, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #19

    Agree 100% Geordie

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jun 9, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #20

    It is the manager and coaches’ responsibility to get the players to play a certain way. If those players aren’t playing that way and are seemingly looking lost, then it is still their responsibility to change it.

    At times when Ben Arfa has the ball, the other players are standing like statues watching him, same goes for many other periods of the game.

    Through correct coaching and management, the players should know exactly who should run where and more importantly, why. That should be drilled into them each day in training.

  • toon kk

    Jun 9, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #21

    Can anyone see us doing much better next season? We might get a new striker but everything else will be just the same. Same clueless manager and average team apart from a handful of player’s. So expect another dog fight at the wrong end of the table.

  • Obi-One-Ginola

    Jun 9, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #22

    I think Pardew proved last season he is a very good young manager by taking the Manager Of the Season award. Some of the points dropped last season were undoubtedly his fault but I think we should be careful we don’t let this end of season excitement get the better of us. Look at the last season in great detail and there’s quite a case of defense for Pardew. Our European schedule was definitely a massive problem for the manager, small squad, injuries and a weight of expectation after the previous seasons efforts took it’s toll on both himself and his squad…youngsters like Sammy Ameobi depended on. It was a mammoth task and somehow Pardew still managed to start the season steady and progress through the Uefa Cup groups. Approaching January, players are burning out….injuries to our best players…more youngsters put out infront of 50,000 frustrated fans whilst in the meantime the captain, Colo decides to angle for a move.

    No wonder Pardew was doing cartwheels when 5 more top French players arrive, two of them full internationals….but they were coming in to a very complex situation, new surroundings and straight out on to the pitch were 50,000 fans expect them to fire us in to the Champions League….in the most intense league in the world….we were fucking lucky to survive…but with no European games next season, and a much better equipped squad, there is no reason why Pardew can’t have a proper go at it.

    We may lose Cabaye, Ameobi, Gosling, Williamson, Colocinni, Jonas, Ben Arfa, Tiote, Obertan and Cisse but if we do it will be bringing in over 60m plus wage savings of almost 500k per week.

    Ryan Shawcross £10m
    Denilson (Free)
    Yossi Beneyoun (Free)
    Piere Emerick Aubeyang 10m
    Callum McMannaman 10m
    Lukaku £20m
    Andros Townsend 10m

    Krul, Elliott, Santon, Taylor (C), Perch, Shawcross, Mbwia, Anita, Debuchy, Haidara, Fergusan, Townsend, McMannaman, Benayoun, Denilson, Sissoko, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Gouffran, Lukaku, Aubeyang, Campbell

    22 players with careers still on the up, capable of forming a fantastic team.

    Just sayin….could be a season if the club plays their cards right.

  • roe997

    Jun 9, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #23

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  • Jinky Jim

    Jun 9, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #24

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