The Newcastle squad will return for pre-season training around Thursday 3rd July, and different groups of players will report back at different times, and we hope that by then Newcastle will have signed some additional very good players.
Coloccini in action against Crystal Palace last season
Fabricio Coloccini missed out on a place in Argentina’s World Cup squad of 23 for the second time running this season, but he may want to think retiring from International football and concentrate on the last two years of his contract at Newcastle.
Colo has been interviewed in the Shields Gazette today:
“I love that – it’s a good thing.” “It’s not too much about speaking or shouting. It’s about saying the right things in the right way to go forward.”
“On TV they can say many things, but they are not on the pitch.” “Maybe the ball is at the other side, and I’m not in camera shot. It’s OK. It’s football.”
“A lot of people can speak and a lot of people think they can be the manager.” “I’m looking forward to improving. We want the best for Newcastle United.”
On Sky Sports, ITV, BBC and the various outlets in England, pundits decipher what they think has been happening in the games, and the players and managers (and anybody else for that matter) generally come in for a lot of criticism – but what’s new?
You always get people who are going to criticize whatever you do – always – so it’s not worth worrying about it.
And for a player who has done very well in his footballing career, it’s refreshing to see that Fabricio looks forward to improving his game, and Colo is a leader who leads by example, much like David Beckham did in his career – so he doesn’t exactly talk a lot.
Newcastle are expected to bring in another center-back this summer, to replace Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who is up for sale this summer, but it could well be that big Mike Williamson and Colo remain the first choice center-backs next season.
Mike Williamson was our Player of the Season last term – after starting off as fourth choice center-back in August – but last season was his best ever season in the four and a half years he’s been on Tyneside.
That’s the way to answer any criticism – on the field of play.