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McClaren Casts Doubt On Player Leaving Newcastle

10:18 pm, Sunday, July 26th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 43 Comments

With Fabricio Coloccini not even in the squad today at Bramall Lane when he was supposed to get his first outing in pre-season may have signaled this could be the end of the road at Newcastle for the Argentine who joined us from Deportivo seven years ago when Kevin Keegan was manager.

But not according to head coach Steve McClaren who says he’s been a first class professional for Newcastle and wants to see him back in the side for next season.

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Fabricio Coloccini – first class professional

There’s been a lot of press about Alan Pardew wanting him at Crystal Palace where can could link up with former team-mate Yohan Cabaye.

And there are reports saying that Palace are willing to pay out £6M for the 33 year-old who has just one year left on his contract.

If those reports are correct – which we seriously doubt – we should sell him.

This is what McClaren told Sky Sports News after the 2-2 draw with Sheffield United today.

“We’ve had no official approach,” “Colo’s been working with us on and off nursing his Achilles and getting through some work.”

“He’s been a first-class professional. I came through the door and he’s the captain. Like everyone else, we want to see him on the field and playing for this team.”

The Chronicle put out a report yesterday that both Coloccini and Cisse would be made available for transfer this summer.

We wonder is that’s true, because both men are experienced Premier League players and could still do a job at Newcastle next season.

We’ll have to wait and see, but it will depend on Newcastle being able to bring in top replacements before September rolls around.

Coloccini has played 248 times with 6 goals in the last seven seasons for Newcastle and cost us £10.3M.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Contracts · Fabricio Coloccini · Friendlies · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours

43 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    First class professional ???

  • 3 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Bad news . . . Coloccini could be staying!

  • 4 Belfast // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Careful now!

    Down with this sort of thing!

  • 5 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Bermonkey I’m good just in a lot of pain but morphine is sorting that glad to be home.

    I might get shot for this but I don’t think Jordy Clasie is all that, he’s an average player to me

  • 6 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Maybe nothing has changed at all :/

  • 7 scout // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    Colo will do a job alongside chancel.

  • 8 archaeomag // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    Sheffield United 2-2 Newcastle United
    Today’s Highlights have turned up:

  • 9 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:29 PM


    Look mate, today’s antics have passed, I would appreciate it if you would just spare me the lectures. I knew giving my age would be a bad idea…

  • 10 Ravostag // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Play him in midfield if you must but not at the back, he’s a liability, can’t run can’t tackle and can’t head a ball. He is a good footballer though!!

  • 11 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Goals concede are a bit demoralising, but could have and should have been stopped.

    Scout, if we don’t bring anyone else in to CB then I agree Coloccini and Mbemba will be our best CB’s.

  • 12 beermonkey // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:31 PM


    a goal from a set play who would have thought we could do such a thing

    just goes to show what a runner to the back post can do

  • 13 Belfast // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Nobody else will match his wage so he’ll probably stick around, though the club are probably privately desperate to move anybody in the last year of their contract on.

  • 14 bettyswallocks // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    Ymfb………. It’s not just about your age. Just stop trying to tell people how to behave or what they should laugh at . It’s about people’s choice not yours.

  • 15 Offkey // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Just watched those highlights, would have liked to see what happened with the build up to their first goal…..Williamson seems to be chasing back like he’d wondered up field and a single pass cut Taylor out before Williamson ran into him. Probably unfair to judge them on those few seconds but still looks like that position needs addressing desperately.

  • 16 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:38 PM


    Right ok, can we now leave it? Please?! 😀

  • 17 bettyswallocks // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    Ymfb……… Ok. But you started the lecturing so remember to respect other people’s agendas.

  • 18 Average_Contents // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Alien heed

    Sorry, couldn’t resist 😀

  • 19 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:45 PM


    I agree we cannot see much from those highlights, but I watched Willow chugging along, on twitter, and the speed of that striker.

    McClaren wants us to play higher up the field, and any ball over the top is going to put us in trouble if we have to rely on Williamson to run back.

    Premiership strikers will be able to allow him a five yard head start and still beat him to the ball.

  • 20 Barton // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    Evening all,like a few,will be worried if we go in to new season without another proven CB,and am more disheartend watching that SM interview,watching him when asked about further signings he did’nt look or sound to confident like.

  • 21 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    Betty…… O-K!!!!!!

  • 22 Belfast // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    That was alienophobic

  • 23 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    PMSL @ AC

    Tuff had a picture of him heading home earlier.

  • 24 Sazzer // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    Van Gaal: “Young had a fantastic season but he is not a Neymar and we have to compete with that kind of class.”

  • 25 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Van gaal really has good man management skills!

  • 26 Graeme // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Firebug, the sad part is, that when it comes to recovering ground, Collo is not much better. He now turns like a tanker and accelerates in similar fashion.

    We nned a PROPER CB to play alongside Chancel and what we have can fight it out to be back-up or sold off – IF anyone will take them.

  • 27 Average_Contents // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:56 PM


    Yeah I seen it mate but I didn’t think it portrayed a true likeness to our nightcrawler. For instance the thing in the rocket was actually human and the rocket didn’t have a football behind it what it’d forgotten 😉

  • 28 Noel Worst // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    Well if our defence consists of Mbemba, Colo, Saylor, Willo and Lascelles come the end of the window, that’ll be a large portion of the good faith restored recently diminished. We simply won’t achieve anything more than 9th/10th , at very best, with the current defensive personnel. Thing is I wouldn’t mind Mbemba, New CB, Saylor and Lascelles, but the captain craven cave-in man needs to go and that plodder Williamson simply cannot remain if we want to move on. I’d say Saylor too, but we’re stuck with him I’m afraid, no matter how many times he impersonates one of those training mannequins, like for their goal today when he just allowed them to waltz through the heart of our defence unchallenged.

  • 29 Mister Tuff // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    I do think that the time has come to stop calling Obertan. Apparently he is aware of the name calling and has had enough – he specifically hates being called the alien and alien heed.
    He has asked the manager for a few days off so he can go home to gather his thoughts about his future.
    He was photographed by a fan on his way home.,1228937801,6/stock-photo-man-driving-a-spaceship-21844417.jpg

  • 30 scout // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    Willo is a pub team player. How is the man still there. I reckon he could walk through any major city and not be recognised

  • 31 archaeomag // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    I will judge progress on our ability to score from corners !

    Change of tactics would be good – attempts to bounce a ball of Willos’s head into the goal will no doubt continue . . .

  • 32 Belfast // Jul 26, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Playing the new lad with Coloccini could be a disaster. If he’s any flaws they’ll be exposed regularly.

    Definitely need another centre half. Don’t think we’ll get one though.

  • 33 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 11:03 PM


    Oh yeah, maybe the plant was the ball???


    Mbemba in not even here yet and may not get the necessary work permit. It’s still all if and buts.

    We expect he will get it but there are no guarantees.

    On the bright side we have shown we do have goals from midfield in the team, and a Keegan philosophy of scoring more than them may work but I doubt it.

    Either we get another CB in or it is going to be a bottom nipping season.

  • 34 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 11:03 PM


    Blame the beer.

  • 35 worthing magpiee // Jul 26, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    Thanks for the welcome belfast!
    Im all for new and better midfielders and strikers by all means,but shipping the amount of goals we conceded last season is very worrying, im not satisfied with just one new cb no matter the potential this lads got!

  • 36 scout // Jul 26, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    We are 3/1 to finish top 10. It looks good

  • 37 swemag // Jul 26, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    No highlights from the game available?

    I cannot see the one from sky sports due to my location. 🙁

  • 38 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    worthing magpiee

    Welcome mate.

    The thing is Mbemba likes to get forward too, he likes to be running in on goal, so we still need someone who can cover a counter attack.

    Mbemba does have the pace to get back, if players could be held up or slowed down, but with what we have will that happen?

  • 39 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 11:15 PM


    If you can, install a program called HOLA, it will change you location to the country you want to play the vids.

  • 40 Brummie // Jul 26, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    If we started the season like thithis I will be a happy man lol.


  • 41 Tsunki // Jul 26, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    Worthing you’ll take back that thank you I guarantee it. Being welcomed by belfast is like a ‘How are you doing?’ from the proctologist.

    You know, young mag gets all silky and blubby when people ignore him completely, or when they give him full attention. Can’t win with the lad can you? 🙂

    I, on the other hand, only seem to get replies and comments when everyone’s certain I’ve gone. Count your blessings young man.

  • 42 firebug666 // Jul 26, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    Has he gone yet?

  • 43 Bobbybee // Jul 26, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    YMFB@6. Keep your chin up lad. Even if – and it’s a big if imo – nobody else comes in, a lot has changed. Better coaching staff. Ashley leaving football matters to footballing people. Better quality of signings. Not so much doom n gloom. Nobody can possibly fix eight years of bad management in one window without possessing a magic wand. It’s going to take time and as long as nobody expects too much too soon, we’re on the path to recovery. It won’t be easy, but we’ve already taken the first step on that path. The next two windows are crucial and Macca’s said investment will be carried on into those windows. The club was in a proper mess, give the guy time to turn it round. He didn’t cause this mess and the man who did ain’t going anywhere, so we need to help by giving Macca all the support he needs. Take it from us older fans, supporting the Toon has rarely been easy, but any mug can support a winning team. Supporting Newcastle takes a bit more effort! 🙂

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