It’s been reported this summer than one of the reasons Fabricio Coloccini decided to stay at Newcastle, was his strong relationship with manager Alan Pardew.
Fab Coloccini – hugely influential player for Magpies
And in an interview today in the Evening Chronicle, Pardew says the two of them have talked a lot over this summer about last season, and the Argentine is keen to get Newcastle back on track.
This is what Alan Pardew had to say:
“ Colo made it very clear in the summer that he is coming back to play this season.” “He really has the bit between his teeth.” “He wants to play in the World Cup in Brazil not to mention Newcastle United’s season.”
“Me and him have had a lot of discussions about last year and they were very constructive I have to say.” “He wants to come back, and he wants to lead us. He showed at the back end of last year how important he is to us.”
“When he played we looked a different team.” “I was a little bit disappointed with some of the Press about that.” “It was a personal situation. It is difficult for that to play out in the press as it did.”
“It was uncomfortable for him and for me. I still won’t talk about it because it is not fair on Colo.” “I have spoken to him two or three times.” “He’s due back a little bit later as I gave him a couple of extra days off.”
“He will be back on July 18.” “He finished so late with Argentina this summer.”
The way Alan has talked about Colo shows you he is a top man-manager, and we’ve always thought that was the major characteristic a top manager has to have.
And it’s not all about tactics, and that part of the game has been so over-played recently.
Bobby Robson, Kevin Keegan and Brian Cough were two of the great motivators, and they were hugely successful as managers, and Clough used to always say the tactics was a hugely over-stressed part of the game:
“There’s so much crap talked about tactics by people who barely know how to win at dominoes.”
Coloccini showed in those last three games of the season, after returning from injury, when we got four points and conceded only two goals and one was a penalty, that he is a hugely influential player for Newcastle, and the Newcastle medics have to keep the Argentine fit this season.
In the three previous games before Colo returned, we had picked up one point and conceded 10 goals – and it’s those three games that really sunk our season, in terms of both points and goal difference.
3 points and a better goal difference would have seen us in 11th place last season, so 4 points from those 3 games against Sunderland, West Brom and Liverpool could have done it – but of course it didn’t happen and we finished 5th bottom.
But there’s no getting away from the fact that Coloccini’s influence on Tyneside has become massive since Kevin Nolan moved on.
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