Fabricio Coloccini, the Newcastle captain has finally broken his silence after the disgrace at Southampton last Saturday, and he has said it is no excuse for the players – that Alan Pardew is not on the touchline.
Fab Coloccini – no manager on the touchline is no excuse
In the four games Newcastle have played since Pardew started his touchline and stadium ban, we have won one and lost three and scored only one goal – and conceded eight – so we have hardly been in scintillating form.
In fact we’ve looked hopeless in the games if the truth be told, and no more than last Saturday, when it’s now painful to even think about how bad we were at St. Mary’s.
But life goes on, and next up are Manchester United at home on Saturday, so the players have a chance to make it up to the fans with a good performance in that game.
This is what Colo has said today:
“When the game kicks off you do not think about who is on the bench.” “Your only focus is on getting three points.”
“John Carver took the team talk in the manager’s absence, and as captain I took even more responsibility as well – but we tried to keep things as normal as possible.”
Alan Pardew will hold his press conference today, and we’ll get an update on Loic Remy’s situation, but if the French striker is unavailable for Saturday, we just don’t know who will score the goals.
And maybe we could do a lot worse than start Shola Ameobi up front with Papiss Cisse – at least Shola would add some physical presence up front and also some heading ability.
And since he will be leaving the club in the summer, he will be motivated to do well and maybe even score a goal?
What do you think?