We’ve been surprised that captain Fabricio Coloccini has not spoken to the press after he stupidly got himself sent off at the debacle at Everton last weekend, when we were beaten 3-0 by a side that have struggled in the Premier League this season – and that was the Toffee’s biggest league win of the season.
Fabricio Coloccini – last season at Newcastle
Fab enters his last season at Newcastle next season, but Mick Quinn in the Chronicle thinks he may move on this summer.
“Does Fabricio Coloccini want to be at Newcastle United any more?” “It’s an accusation, and a strong one at that, I could put to more than a few players after Sunday’s frankly embarrassing performance at Goodison Park.”
“I am beginning to get the feeling that there are a few who know their time is coming to an end at Newcastle, the skipper being one of them.”
“Maybe they don’t want to play for John Carver. Perhaps they have a move lined up. Maybe some are realistic enough to know that they aren’t good enough.”
It works both ways and some of our better players may be looking to leave in the summer, and the two most likely are two of our best players – Moussa Sissoko and Daryl Janmaat.
Newcastle could make big profits on both players, so if the right bids come in they will be sold.
Coloccini has his family in Buenos Aries, but we still think he will want to see out the last year of his contract, but we also don’t put it past Newcastle to sell him for what they can get this summer, rather than losing him for nothing next year.
Maybe Alan Pardew would be willing to take him to Crystal Palace for a small fee, although his wages could be a problem for the small London club.
There are two other negatives that could have some of our better players thinking it may be a good time to move on – and one is the mess the upper management has allowed the squad to get into this season.
We sold Yohan Cabaye a year last January and that had the effect of lowering morale in the dressing room, as the players saw the squad was not that important to Mike Ashley.
And the fact that nothing was done to strengthen the side in January, in fact the opposite was true, even though we were already short of players, could cause others to think they might want to leave Newcastle.
It’s not just the fans and the journalists who have realized Newcastle have put themselves into a rather desperate situation this season – and we only hope we can get two wins in the last nine games to make us safe.
But it hardly reflects well on Newcastle’s upper management that we have limped over the finishing line in May the last couple of seasons.
The second thing is if John Carver is made the permanent head coach at the end of the season.
Not only will that make it even more difficult to attract good players to the club, because we will have an unknown coach, but some top players may see that as another sign of a (complete) lack of ambition on Tyneside, and want to leave.
What do you think?
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