Two years ago Fabricio Coloccini wanted to transfer to Buenos Aires club San Lorenzo – where his father is one of the coaches – and the club have done well recently and were beaten 2-0 in the new World Cup of Clubs final in December, when Real Madrid beat them just before Christmas with two second half goals.
Fabricio Coloccini – back home in Argentina
And of course one of their big fans is Pope Francis – who is an avid football fan by all accounts – wonder if he was watching that game on TV?
One of the reasons we understand why Colo wanted to leave is his wife and kids had moved back to Buenos Aries – and while we don’t know the situation between Fabricio and his wife – nevertheless we know his kids are in Buenos Aries while he continues to play for Newcastle United.
It’s not that surprising that Newcastle have let him go home to Buenos Aries rather than go to Dubai on the warm weather break, and that could have been part of the agreement reached with the captain two years ago, when he agreed to stay and honor his contract on Tyneside.
Newcastle United have always referred to Colo’s situation as personal and of course they are right and proper to do that.
The Guardian is reporting today that Colo was allowed to go home rather than join the team at their warm weather training camp in Dubai, where they will be until Thursday.
Some fans will not agree with this decision, but it must be hard for Fab Coloccini to be away from his young family and miss them growing up, but maybe that opinion is because I’m a family man myself.
And it’s also true that Colo has not been in good form lately – but we know we have very good players at Newcastle, and that they can play well individually and together because of the way we picked up those six wins in succession in all competitions in October and November.
So we are hoping when Colo returns he can lead the lads on the field and tighten up his game – and we are still hopeful for the rest of the season, but it very much depends on who the new coach will be.
And we could definitely continue to struggle if we don’t appoint a new head coach until the summer.
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