Another defeat at Cardiff City and there will be discontent with Alan Pardew – there already is – and also with owner Mike Ashley, and we’ll throw Joe Kinnear into the mix, because Joe is hardly a popular figure since he came back as our new Director of Football last June.
Fab Coloccini – must show leadership right now
While it’s Alan Pardew’s job to get the very best out of the good squad he now has at Newcastle, its also the players’ responsibility to give all they have for the full 90 minutes of each game, and they certainly didn’t do that in the second half against Hull and the first half against Everton.
Alan Pardew talked about that inconsistency today in the local papers:
“I don’t want to earn money in terms of that scoreline at Everton, that’s not what it is about.” “It’s about 90 minutes of a consistent performance.”
“That’s what this team needs to bring to the party, like we did at Aston Villa and like we did at home to Fulham in the 1-0 win.”
“That’s what they had to do in he second half on Monday, there was no other way out of it,” “Not only that, but play. We got the right combination in the second half.”
And Fabricio didn’t exactly have a good first half at Everton either, and was responsible for their third goal, but he came back well after the break, and Colo and Williamson looked solid in central defense, with Mike actually heading some balls clear.
The leadership style of the Argentine is a quiet and withdrawn one, and it’s almost the polar opposite of that of Kevin Nolan, who would come through big time right now, with Newcastle in the mess they are – if he was still at the club.
Bit Colo has proved he can bring the team together, with his calm commanding style at the back, and he leads by example, and that’s what we now need more than ever at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday.
We think the 38 times capped Argentine International can do just that.
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