Alan Pardew has said Newcastle will try to finish above Manchester United this season, and if we can do that it will be the first time Newcastle have ever finished above the Red Devils in the Premier League era – so it’s something to play for.
Fabricio Coloccini – missed his leadership
But it’s more the decline of Manchester United since Alex Ferguson retired, than Newcastle being good – but we suppose it’s still something to strive for this season, and we did manage to beat them at Old Trafford for the first time since 1972 – so we could even do the double over them too.
And the Newcastle manager mentioned yesterday that Newcastle have struggled lately, because they have missed their captain Coloccini big time:
“We’ve lost too many bodies for the standard to be where it was – that was when everybody was fit and w;eve had key injuries and suspensions – and we’ve lost a great player in Cabaye, and all that impacts training, but I do see a focus in training which is not lost on me.”
“I do expect by the time we get to the Aston Villa game we’re hoping to have all of our players back including Coloccini, because he’s been missed for his leadership, let alone his playing ability.”
“It’s not just Colo’s ability but everything about him.” “We’ve missed his nonchalance and the security he gives us and that calmness. You can’t put a price on that.”
And talking about Coloccini begs the question whether he will still be with us come September.
There are going to be some big changes in the squad over the summer, as fringe players leave and hopefully some very good players are brought in.
And if Coloccini does leave, that will affect the side big time, and will bring to an end six years on Tyneside for the Argentine International, who has turned out to be a good buy, at just over £10M from Spanish club Deportivo in August of 2008.
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