The Mirror is reporting that Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini lay into his team mates and manager Alan Pardew in the dressing room, after the fourth successive defeat on Saturday at Stoke City, who looked a very ordinary side on the day.
Fabricio Coloccini – in action on Saturday
With the press seemingly ganging up on Alan Pardew big time after Newcastle’s latest terrible run of eight defeats in 11 games, we have no idea if there’s any truth to this article – but all this bad press is not doing much good for Newcastle United – that’s for sure.
Fabricio did talk to the press immediately after the game on Saturday, and what he said was fitting for a Newcastle captain, and he reminded the players of what it means to wear the famous shirt of Newcastle United – and they should listen carefully to what the Argentine said – because there seems a number of our players at the moment who seemingly couldn’t care less.
There is nothing in the Mirror report that goes into any detail at all of what Colo was supposed to say to his manager, but it’s good news that at least one Newcastle player understands this type of form and attitude is simply not good enough for a Newcastle United team.
What you really need in these cases of extreme stress and dysfunction, are the players to pull together and to start to play for each other – and what you don’t particularly need is all the press coverage going on right now – mainly against the manager.
Maybe it was the manager himself who started it all – and his reference to the press coverage of last week by the banned journalist aftre the game on Saturday was inappropriate at best – and probably dumb – and it all become very personal now because of what Alan said:
“In terms of the pressure building from the media. I think they whipped it up, for whatever reason. I know one or two of them are banned from the stadium and they probably used that as a bit of an agenda, which is a shame for us because we want them to support us.”
And that particular comment has caused things to explode on Tyneside and in the press in particular, as the local press feels they have to fight back – and it’s all becoming far too personal.
Alan Pardew could well be fired at the end of the season – and his last two seasons have hardly been good, and he should have no complainants if he is fired.
But while the team is on the field – even though we are playing very poorly at the moment – terrible in fact – shouldn’t we at least keep supporting the team?
Maybe I’m the only one – but what’s going on at Newcastle at the moment seems like hari-kari, and maybe, just maybe, some conciliation is necessary between the manager and the local press.