Good Move – Captain Apologizes In Open Letter To Fans


It’s very good to see Fabricio Coloccini writing an open letter to the Newcastle fans in an attempt to turn Newcastle terrible eight game losing streak around, and also to help get the fans on the side of the team once again – before it’s too late and we are relegated.

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Fabricio Coloccini – open letter to fans

Fabricio is the Newcastle captain, who was reportedly involved in a skirmish with Tim Krul on the team bus after the 3-0 defeat at Leicester – so it’s good to see him take some leadership.

It’s better late then never.

Here is his open letter that has been put up on the Newcastle web-site:

I don’t usually speak publicly too often, but today I feel the responsibility to talk to all of you for several reasons in which you are involved, every bit as much as we are as players, staff, directors and every person that works for the Club.

Firstly, on behalf of the squad we would like to apologise for the moment we are going through. Needless to say this is not anything intentional.

Neither players nor staff would like to be in the position that we are in at the moment. This is something that has happened for many reasons and right now there is no time to look back and correct those mistakes.

The time we have left to turn around this situation is short but after the end of the season we will try to learn from the mistakes we made so that we don’t have to go through this again.

This is as painful for us as it is for you, because when this team comes onto the pitch we do so with the intention of winning and to defend not just the colours of this Club, not just our shirt, but also to represent thousands of fans, the whole city.


We do so understanding that a victory at the weekend means a week of joy for this city that breathes, lives and loves football like no other city in England.

Today we are in a delicate situation, one that we have been through before, and it is one of the most uncomfortable situations in the world of football.

Uncomfortable because this Club doesn’t deserve to be in this position, a position that puts its status at risk. And this is what I want to highlight; this is the most important reason for my letter.


Players and staff have come together in order to leave all past problems aside and to focus 100 per cent on the three ‘cup finals’ that we have left.


I would like to make a call to all fans today to also leave aside all differences, all different opinions, anything that divides us as people who love this Club.


On Saturday, please come to St. James’ Park, create a great atmosphere, support the team more than ever, because at the end of the day what matters the most here is Newcastle United Football Club.


Years will pass and so will players, directors, coaches and managers, but what is always going to be there is yourselves, your children, your grandchildren.


I am also a fan and I understand how badly you are hurting, but I think that the best fans are those who are there for their Club in the worst of situations.


Today we need you more than ever. In these three games we need to be together, we need to be united, to be a family – a family that fights together against adversity, a family that strives to achieve the success that you and this Club deserve.


The players are committed to this and if you stay with us, if you join us, we are going to fight together for our black and white family.


Thank you from my heart,


Your captain

Fabricio Coloccini

That’s an excellent posting from Fabricio Coloccini, and we hope it helps to get the fans behind the team, so we are at least on an equal footing with other clubs fighting relegation.

Getting 3 points on Saturday with such a weakened side is a tall order, but you never know with Newcastle.


169 comments so far

  • scout

    May 5, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Now lets see you kick some arse saturday, ruffle some feathers

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  • Sleepin Giant

    May 5, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #2

    The implicit condition is that you have to call off any protests or boycotts to give a nice unified feel so the lads will try really hard.

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  • Lindisfarne

    May 5, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #3

    Was it not MAs intention to make us the Arsenal of the north?

    http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/may/05/aliko-dangote-buy-arsenal-one-day

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  • aidytoon9

    May 5, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #4

    No Ed it’s not a very good move as we all see through it!
    Maybe if he pulled his finger out his arse weeks ago then he wouldn’t need to write a letter.

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  • Lindisfarne

    May 5, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #5

    The players don’t need the support of the fans, they need to do it for themselves.

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  • danuneek

    May 5, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #6

    LETS GET BEHIND THE TEAM FOR THE LAST THREE GAMES AND THEN WE CAN PROTEST WHEN SURVIVAL IS CONFIRMED.

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  • hibbit

    May 5, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #7

    simply to little to late boycott

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  • Ciaran

    May 5, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed

    You’ve massively shown yourself up today pal.

    Give the people what they want and put up a poll! Give us a poll!

    God forbid we get relegated and you have to watch a dodgy stream like the rest of us you selfish so-and-so!

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  • Lindisfarne

    May 5, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Does anyone have a pin for that over inflated statement?

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  • Our Toon

    May 5, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #10

    It’s amazing isn’t it, for years we’ve been asking for dialogue with the club or the club to actually care about fans and we’ve been given the 2 fingers each time.

    The boycott has barely got off the ground and already we have communication from the club, we need your support. Looks and sounds to me like a last desperate plea from a regime which has nowhere left to turn!!

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  • hibbit

    May 5, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #11

    danuneek so ashley can reap the reward no thank you BOYCOTT

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  • Our Toon

    May 5, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #12

    Danuneek

    I have to say the only person who benefits from us staying in the Prem is MA, the fans will be treated like shite again next season when Carver is appointed as HC permanently, I won’t give in on my principles to support the team at SJP because Wendy has written a letter under Colo’s name and because MA wants us to support the lads.

    To little to late!!

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  • Our Toon

    May 5, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #13

    Hibbit

    We seem to be on the same page over this issue!!

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 5, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #14

    “Players and staff have come together in order to leave all past problems aside and to focus 100 per cent on the three ‘cup finals’ that we have left.”

    Are you saying that you haven’t been focusing 100% already? Oh alright, we’ll all get behind you.

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  • rsn5044

    May 5, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #15

    Ciaran,

    Certainly our struggles to change the way our club is run are in no way shape or form comparable to fighting for basic human liberties ie womens suffrage and civil rights. Let’s keep in mind where a football club fits in the grand scheme of the world.

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  • Jan Stavik

    May 5, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #16

    Grow up guys and get behind the team! Relegation would be a disaster, this could see us become a Blackburn or Fulham – do we really want that? Certainly I don’t!

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 5, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #17

    Give us a poll!

    #AshleyOut
    #HWTFNUFC

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    May 5, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #18

    Ed is so far out of touch.

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  • dave 1961

    May 5, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #19

    The reason behind the panic people that were paying by direct debit for tickets are doing charge backs and getting refunds on their tickets I’m just waiting for the details being emailed to me they are in a panic over it as supposedly hundreds have done it and got money back into accounts. on Saturday i could not get through to the box office to cancel mine and i did it by email and got a response telling me they were swamped. its hitting home we have him on the run.

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    May 5, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Jan Stavik

    We will never be a Blackburn, they spent 12 mill on a striker.

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  • dexter53

    May 5, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #21

    Call me naive but it sounded genuine and from the heart to me.

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  • hibbit

    May 5, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #22

    cup finals what’s one of them ……….not a good choice of words mr bishop …BOYCOTT

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  • Lindisfarne

    May 5, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #23

    The club don’t want to focus on cup games.

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  • aidytoon9

    May 5, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #24

    Grow up?
    Get behind the team?
    Has fans not been doing that for years and been shat on.

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  • hibbit

    May 5, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #25

    dexter who’s hart bishop

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 5, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #26

    Colo I’ll believe that crap when I see it!

    …all I can say is that for the next three games you’re on your own mate…

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  • optimistic prime

    May 5, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #27

    After reading the blog for a good few years and posting nearly two, I’ve actually gone back and re read some articles and posts from the last month or so.

    It’s so obvious when you look through that there’s several posters who only come on to antagonise the blog. When ever there’s decent debate going on they’re no where to be seen but as soon as the blog starts to hum from the same hymn sheet bosh out they come.

    If I didn’t know better I’d say they’re here to disrupt the fans from fighting back, well I don’t know better so there’s definatley several wums who’s agenda isn’t helping or supporting NUFC or its fans.

    Nay Sayers and wums out

    HWTF

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  • hibbit

    May 5, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #29

    jan… disaster for who ashley good BOYCOTT

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  • andrew84

    May 5, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #30

    Dear God Ed…..

    The fans have ALWAYS been behind the team. It’s the owner and the staff who are the problem.

    If you seriously believe Coloccini came out with that bleeding heart crap himself you must be insane.

    More like “here you go Colo, sign this letter that Bishop’s just typed up will you”.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 5, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #31

    Good move?
    Howay Ed man get to f**k

    A pathetic statement written by Charnley or Bishop begging fans to flood into the stadium so they squeeze every penny out before the big drop
    The only thing Captain “can’t speak won’t speak” Collocini put to that is his name (don’t recall the coward apologising for one of his many stupid red cards, or facing the cameras after yet another slumping gutless defeat)

    The club have put us in this situation through nothing more than greed and deciet
    Not the fans
    So how’s about everyone at NUFC shuts the f**k up, stops running there mouths and actually starts doing what their f**king well paid to do and start acting like professionals
    And cut out all this “your club” b0llox

    Wasn’t our club when your re named the stadium
    Wasn’t our club when you sold out best players
    Wasn’t our club when de prioritised domestic cups and the top half of the league
    Wasn’t our club when you promoted the kit man to manager
    Wasn’t our club when you broke up the singing section
    Wasn’t our club when you defaced our stadium with your cheap tat
    Wasn’t our club when you banned the fans from having free speech at the fans forum

    Because you’ve canny f**king trashed our club……bunch of c****

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  • 2_goal_tino

    May 5, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #32

    Agree with Danuneek and Jan, in my opinion this is not the time for protests now. Win against W. Brom or QPR and by all means storm the pitch a la Blackpool, refuse to come or sing Ashley Out to your hearts content against West Ham.

    As I said before, the fans or protests are not responsible for our position. But we as a group could in some small way ensure our survival. Last time we were relegated, I agreed with many that it could be for the best but only because we had a core of good professionals who would stay and apply themselves in the Championship to ensure our promotion. This time round, I don’t see the same passion or commitment in the squad to see how we would possibly make a quick return.

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  • IndieGeordie

    May 5, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #33

    WTF Ed??

    HWTF

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  • sweendog

    May 5, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #34

    collo well said, support team, I believe our win will come this weekend, just hope 3 things.
    we practice set pieces, some attacking fluidity and play Abeid and Colback in the middle.

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  • roblee7

    May 5, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #35

    Ed, you clearly haven’t been to St James Park in a long time. That roar you used to get from the crowd a few years back simply doesn’t exist any more. It wouldn’t make any difference if there was 52,000 there or 10,000, its that bad. Its awful and I certainly won’t be going back any time soon. The fans have no passion, no songs to sing, except the odd cringeworthy ‘Toon Toon’ which lasts about 10 seconds. Get with it Ed, the stadium being full doesn’t make the slightest difference. Well it certainly hasn’t helped before the boycotts, has it? Or am I wrong? Thats 100% fact Ed so cut the crap!!

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  • BandB

    May 5, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #36

    Good move Ed?

    Hapless events-out-of-control propaganda I’d call it.

    Is Ed having a Ceausescu moment…waving his arms around and telling everyone to disperse or else?

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  • Average_Contents

    May 5, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #37

    Ourtoon

    Spot on.

    Too little too fcuking late.

    And how that supposed “Captain” of our club has the cheek to ask fans for commitment when all he’s wanted to do is leave for the best part of 2 years is beyond me.

    How that supposed “Captain” of our club has the gall to ask for the backing of the fans when all we’ve had since the slugs been here for the past EIGHT years is lies, no ambition, no cups.

    No. Fcukoff. You’ve all had chance after chance after chance and blew it. Spectacularly.

    None more so than the fat slug festering within OUR club.

    The liberties that he’s taken cannot continue.

    #AshleyOut

    #hwtfnufc

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  • toon kk

    May 5, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #38

    The club has hit panic stations, Mash and co has realised what’s at stake so put out a message using the captain, knowing they’ve f**ked up. Sad thing if wd escape relegated nothing will change.
    Boycott, it’s there own mess.

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    May 5, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #39

    Lindisfarne @3
    saw that this morning. we need to get this guy a fruit basket and ticket to st james!

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  • Ciaran

    May 5, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #40

    Rsn

    I wasn’t comparing, if anything, the fact that those things are even greater struggles, yet people took a stand at much greater cost serves to show the cowardice implicit in those fans who refuse to take a stand when the cost of so doing is much more insignificant in comparison.

    No, supporting a football club is not the same as suffrage, civil liberties, or equality. But the principle of doing nothing because people before you have accepted the status quo is morally incorrect.

    My point was that if people continue to do nothing simply because the status quo has always dictated so, then nothing will ever change.

    I really do wish people would look at the substance of the point that is being made, rather than looking for reasons to nit-pick. It’s f**king frustrating.

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