Newcastle Owner Has Kept His Word – Fab Coloccini


Fabricio Coloccini met with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley at the end of April, and they went out to dinner apparently after a horrific run of results for Newcastle, and the owner gave assurances to Colo at the time, that significant funds would be made available this summer to rebuild the Newcastle squad.

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Mike Ashley – kept his word to Fab Coloccini

And we suppose Mike has kept his word, with nine players having been brought in during the summer transfer window, although we were unable to add to that on the last day of the transfer yesterday.

Other PL clubs did manager to sign some players and there was a lot of activity in the transfer market yesterday.

This is what Colo has said today:

“I think everyone can see the way the club wants to go.” “They’ve brought in many players, good players, and the club has ambition as well.”

“I spoke to Mike Ashley, but that is normal, sometimes the top brass are not at the training ground or in the changing room, so sometimes they need to know what has happened.”

“We want to go forward and I think they got that message, they have spent a lot of money.”

We did lose Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Ben Arfa yesterday, and both went out on season-long loans to Roma and Hull City respectively.

And because of that we even weakened the squad a bit, but the seven players we have bought in this summer and who are in the first team squad for this season, will now have to deliver the goods for Newcastle this season.

They are Siem de Jong, Jack Colback, Ayoze Perez, Daryl Janmaat, Remy Cabella, Manu Riviere and Facundo Ferreyra.

We are still hoping we can have a good season, but there are some little doubts creeping into our thinking about that, after Saturday’s woeful performance.

But we suppose it was only one game – and a bad day at the office at that- hopefully.

What do you think?

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73 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #1

    Martoon

    It’s not just the 2 players that have left but it’s also the case that all the teams in the prem signed someone yesterday making them stronger and us even weaker. I said we had the 8th best squad when the first game kicked off however now I think Southampton and Hull have leap frogged us maybe even QPR. We went backwards and everyone else went forward.

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #2

    But Colo, my good man…. Pardew and Ashley have WEAKENED your area of the field. You are going to have to kick almost every ball alongside Willo, and you are not getting any younger or quicker are you? Are you sure the promise was REALLY kept??

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #3

    Coach Rotonda
    You have peddled the line”did you miss pardew thanking himself for the ” great signings”.Once last night and twice this morning.Change the record bud.

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  • John Toon Doe

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #4

    We have arguably the worst defence in the league and we go and sell Mapou. I really dont get Ashley.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #5

    No, Colo. They’ve recycled the Cabaye and Debuchy money.

    We have the money from two transfer windows where we didn’t sign anyone, plus the untouched tv money, whilst we haven’t replaced the two outgoings yesterday. It is unacceptable.

    Although we signed 3 squad-like strikers/forwards, we have not replaced the figurehead of the team who will weigh in with enough goals to keep bailing Pardiv out of the mess like Remy was constantly doing, plus a top centre half.

    Unacceptable. Some of the other clubs have shown ambition to move forward with their signings. We just replace what we had already, and even then we’ve got even less players now.

    Champions League, Alan? Try three points first you idiot.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #6

    we have just replaced proven players with unproven ones for the same money we made from selling two players.

    Hardly a step forward

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #7

    we are still a decent squad (short in defence though) so still expect top 10, otherwise the season is a failure (should be top 8 though)

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  • musomag

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #8

    Pardew is a witless, spineless cNut…I wish we’d loaned HIM to Hull

    Ashley funded a few decent players but didn’t have the sense to buy players in the positions we actually needed. Ridiculous.

    A pair of f****g idiots.

    Fab Colo? Don’t even get me started on that slow motion, pathetic excuse for a captain

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #9

    Mojo

    I was only thinking of you as with you not being the brightest you patently need things spelling out to you more than once.

    If you want another record, turn on, tune in and drop out.

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  • musomag

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #10

    Pardew is a witless, spineless cNut…I wish we’d loaned HIM to Hull

    Ashley funded a few decent players but didn’t have the sense to buy players in the positions we actually needed. Ridiculous.

    A pair of fCuking idiots.

    Fab Colo? Don’t even get me started on that slow motion, pathetic excuse for a captain

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #11

    This doesn’t sit right. Howay Colo, what are you up to? A net spend of £3m? Give over.

    Does perhaps tie in with comments made about Colo wanting Benny out as well.

    Ughh…Might take up Tuffs advice and start watching ladies wrestling.

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #12

    Coach Rotonda
    Everything’s always Pardew,Pardew,Pardew.What are your thought on Jabba?,your nowhere near as vocal against him as you are with Pardew.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #13

    Rotonda,

    Pardew would rather have than not have. That’s common sense that you would like more options.

    His job is on the line. He has been told to cut the wage bill.

    This is more than likely so we can add in January with one or two.

    But there is no getting away from the fact we have did it all again and sold ourselves short here by not replacing. Once again we have not built up the squad and added the depth and quality needed to give us our best chance of winning something.

    If he isn’t willing to do that after a massive cash injection from SKY then the future is grim for Pardew, NUFC and any other manager who comes in.

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  • Our Toon

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #14

    Rotonda

    The funny thing about the article on the last thread is that Cabella has spoken about the fans and the club staff but not about the manager directly. The biggest praise was for the fans and facilities, mag 52 jumped on it as if it was praise for pardew when in actual fact it’s about the city, the fans and the facilities. Make a move there might endure the shite on the pitch and you will get the move up to the next level.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #15

    I’m not sure why people are already writing off Cabella. He has played a few games, not looked great, but give the lad a chance. Same for De Jong. I’m less able to give Rivi a chance, but I am trying to give him the chance to settle before fully judging.

    Mbiwa might not have played regularly, but we are far too light in that area now. HBA probably wouldn’t have played much but did we get a loan fee for him? It hasn’t been mentioned anywhere. if we didn’t we may as well have kept him and tried to integrate, even if he wasn’t planning on staying longer, but Ashley doesn’t like doing that.

    But the biggest thing is not replacing them, despite Pardew’s usual tripe about those leaving being replaced. I’ve seen people on here say that did we really want to panic buy yesterday, well in answer to that, no. We have had these glaring deficiencies for a long time now, we would have liked them addressed over the summer.

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #16

    This window would still have been mildly positive had we either kept or replaced mym. It would have been brilliant had we ended the window with 4 CBs and a goal scorer. As it is we have 3 CBs, after removing the only senior one who was likely to improve.

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  • Our Toon

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #17

    Still can’t believe that certain fans think that pardew has been left short, these were his decisions and sanctioned by Charnley with the blessing of Fat Mike, they are all in cahoots.

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  • John Toon Doe

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #18

    Knowing HBA is at Hull, I feel like travelling all the way from Sheffield to see him destroy us in 2 weeks.

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  • bob52

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #19

    So many bloggers seem to want to criticise both Ashly and Pardew but in my opinion don’t see the bigger picture. Yes we lost Ben Arthur and mbwia yesterday but Ben Arthur although brilliant at times all to often he gave the ball away or run into blind alleys, he was also lazy and throughout his career a problem to his managers. Mbwia had several bad games and could not cope with arial challenges, so all in all they both needed moving on. Add to that we HAVE made several signings this window (more than any other club) I think the club has been very canny. Despite this our bloggers threaten to quit supporting the club, if that’s the case they need to do it and stop choking up this blog up with pessimism.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #20

    Prodigy,
    Aye, but we only have Krul and Tiote left to sell to fund these 1 or 2. Krul is earmarked to go next summer, hence the Forest lad, meaning Tiote in Jan if we want anyone.

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  • martoon

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #21

    Our Toon @1 – Yes I accept that so we have moved from about 8th to 11th NOT 18th as many on here are now hysterically saying.
    Markaccus the point I was getting at is Saylor was being picked as sub CB anyway so nothing has changed.
    As I say I’m not happy with not getting a replacement CB but trying to stay optimistic.

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  • lesh

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #22

    Listening to the radio yesterday, a sports journalist who’s a life-long Gooner, bemoaned Arsenal’s lack of ambition by not spending on big, big signings.

    Arsenal’s lack of ambition? I’d be happy to have the lack of ambition they’ve shown!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #23

    John Toon Doe,
    I’m not sure how he would destroy us from the stands…. He can’t play against us.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #24

    Lil

    Exactly, Mbiwa hasn’t featured this season so had at least two weeks since start of season to get some other CB in.

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #25

    John toon doe

    Hes on loan there. That usually means he can’t play against his parent club.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #26

    Bob52,
    We haven’t made more signings than any other club.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #27

    lil

    Are you sure HBA can’t play against us? Last year FIFA came out and said that Courtois was allowed to play against chelsea as you can’t dictate when a player plays if you loan him.

    Wonder if that will be applied to the prem league, surely the concept is the same as the champions league had the same rules.

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  • expatmag

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #28

    Yesterday was like asking for a woman with size 44 bazookas and getting a waif with a couple of bee stings………bloody ridiculous

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #29

    Prodigy…Part of me does believe that Pardews thinking is that he’s not allowed to bring in anymore until he offloaded some and he wasn’t really planning on playing Benny or Yanga too much.

    This way, at least he’s in a position to do some business in January…however, as I said before, UGGGHHH.

    We all know he’s Ashleys puppet, so whilst I don’t hold him totally responsible or even largely responsible as many seem to do, he is complicit. Perhaps understandable, he’s not a Newcastle fan, it’s a job, but on the other hand, I get why fans have had more than enough.

    We’re still in the same position though, if he does go…who will be coming in to replace him? It’ll have to be someone else willing to take the heat, not just work under tight financial constraints….that’s the easy part.

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  • John Toon Doe

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #30

    Lilongwe Geordie
    Markaccus

    Lol. I almost forgot there. How dissapointed HBA must be. I bet hes itching to get back at Pardew.

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  • Our Toon

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #31

    Bob 52

    Where did you get your information from that we have made more signings than anyone else mate? Before yesterday West Brom had made 11 I’m pretty certain Hull have now made more than us.

    The most important thing to look at is who left and do the numbers match up with what left? Out of the 9 bought in 2 went straight back out on loan so that’s 7 for the 1st team.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #32

    Sage,
    Prem has separate rules which state they can’t play. It also said this on various other articles I’ve read.

    I imagine he will be there though which will cause an horrendous atmosphere within the ground.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #33

    JTD,
    He will be there which will make it just as uncomfortable an afternoon for Pardew I’d guess.

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  • lesh

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #34

    I fail to see how we could be moving Mbiwa on without having a CB teed up and ready to sign, even at 22.59!

    It’s like having a leaking roof and removing a tile without anything to replace it.

    It can’t be incompetence and suggest that it’s been Ashley’s control of the budget that’s at the bottom of our lack of meaningful and constructive transfer activity

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  • beermonkey

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #35

    well I hope we have funds left cos were need them in jan

    if you had said at the start of the window we would be starting with 3 senior centre backs and one of the academy players either good streete satka I would have liked the idea, given the game time these were given in preseason this cant have been the plan, yet there were rumours we wanted rid of mbiwa, going into this season with 2 sicknote defenders is suicide
    I don’t agree with getting rid of mbiwa he deserved a run in his best position, I can see why we shipped him out he appear not to have settled and lost his mojo he had hope he has a good season and maybe comes back

    as soon as the che Guevara banner of benny appeared in pards eyes he had to go and I think that would be the same for any manager, it was good though, its a real shame that benny and pards fell out, the season we finished 5th benny was over his leg break at the beginning of the season and pards bigged him up gave him cameos the odd start told him what want and then unleashed him at xmas, in the end lots of reasons for the break down, the reasons we never got the best out of benny are still in the team and there the main reason we don’t score

    a disappointing end to what was a up till then a good window

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #36

    Lilongwe,

    It’s set-up isn’t it? It’s not hard to see.

    Your bang on with those two lads, one is replacing Colo and the other eventually Krul, Tiote will be ripe at 28-29 and time to make money on and Krul is the next big double figure transfer.

    We still won’t spend out, this is Ashleys model. Self sufficient. But where is the money going what we reap? Why arn’t we looking to build a quality balanced squad?

    It’s because we are signing players on sell on value rather than need. There is no urgency in their thoughts that we lack a CB or CF. They wont sign anyone unless they know they will make money. If they won’t, they will put it off until the next window and that’s what hirts the team. And the progression and ambition of the club.

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #37

    Martoon

    Well you know me. You know i am not a rash person, and that my optomism is pretty much legendary among my freinds and family. But i have to say this has really put it to the test 😀

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  • Mag52

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #38

    Our Toon @ 13

    The point surely is that these players who were saying what a great club etc. we are to play for would hardly be recommending a mate of theirs to join us if they thought the manager was as crap as most of you make out. In a players day to day working life the manager is the most important person.

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  • bob52

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #39

    Oh it seems two other clubs have made more signings than us but it was clear before yesterday that we needed to get rid of some before others came in, no one wanted Ben Arthur or mbwia so cleaver clubs waited till the last moment to get loan deals. The window for loan deals with an option to buy I believe is still open, some bloggers may have to eat their words.

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #40

    F****g disgrace this club is.

    Run by a cretin who sees profit and money before anything else regardless if its detrimental to the team and a league 1 chancer in charge of player’s he hasn’t got a clue how to use.

    One thing that sticks I’m my memory regarding the puppet is something a reporter said about him ” I’ve followed his career closely and sometimes he feels he doesn’t get the credit he thinks he deserves” haha for what? Winning the paint trophy you F****g k**t? Egotistical scumbag who needs to get f****d off sharpish and take his equally bad bum chum with him

    I just hope, no pray that the abuse rains down from every stand on the pair of wasters from now on!

    The only problem is some fans have short memories so by the time the international break has finished then they’ve probably forgot what’s transpired and sit their like good little supporters. I say never forget as it’s gotten to the point now where they simply cannot be allowed to get away with it! Enough is enough people, if you go to the match and are happy to sit their getting served dross whilst fatty and his puppet laugh their ******** off at you then more fool you! Each to their own I suppose but don’t fcuking moan when we eventually get shafted again!

    I made a conscious decision to not attend after Houghton got sacked as I’d had enough of the lies, deceit, blatant none regard and disdain for us fan’s….the hardest thing I’ve ever done but I stand by my decision!

    Wake the f**k up!

    Fatty out! Totally complicit puppet out!

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