One of the reasons Newcastle United is a special club is because of the great fans, but players who wear the famous black and white stripes of Newcastle have to be tough characters, because while things are great when all is going well, the current players have found out that when we get poor results, like against Sunderland recently, they will get criticized, sometimes severely.
Fabricio Coloccini – be quiet – accept the criticism
Alan Pardew brought that point up recently in a press conference, and of course it was after the Sunderland defeat, but the criticism has also been flowing this season after the poor displays at Manchester, Everton, and the home defeat by Hull City.
Fabricio Coloccini had a (very) tough time of it when he first joined Newcastle back in the summer of 2008, and that was a calamitous season for Newcastle, and we eventually were relegated, so the captain knows all about criticism on Tyneside.
This is what Colo said in the local papers today:
“We are going to have bad times and good times.” “We have to be quiet and accept the criticism.” “Sometimes it is maybe realistic if we do not get the results.”
“We are working hard and we want the same as the fans.” “They want results, and we want them as well. We are working for that.”
Coloccini will probably be fit for the Sunday game at Tottenham, but it would be a surprise if he immediately comes back into the side, but of course it will depend on the training this week, and we may get to know at Alan’s press conference today, whether the captain will lead the team out on Sunday.
The players should take note of Colo’s words above, because that’s the way it is at Newcastle, and it’s not going to change.
And the key for the players is to always give 100% in a Newcastle shirt, and they’ll not get much criticism if they do that, whatever the result.