There was some news today that Fabricio Coloccini may be leaving Newcastle, based on him not being included in the squad for the game against Borussia Monchengladbach – the final game of pre-season.
But another simpler explanation was that he couldn’t play because of his Achilles injury, so that’s why he wasn’t even on the bench.
Fabricio Coloccini – injured but McClaren wants to keep him
That seems to be have been the case, following some comments made by Steve McClaren after the game today.
It looks like McClaren has been impressed with what he has seen of the Argentine in training, and also with his professionalism.
This is what the Newcastle head coach said when asked if Coloccini would be staying at Newcastle:
“I don’t see why not.” “He’s got a year left on his contract.” “I’ve come in and they asked me to have a look at the players. I’ve looked and Coloccini is one player I said I want to be here.”
It seems that Steve McClaren has some sway with things at Newcastle, and certainly more than Alan Pardew ever did.
It may be because he’s come into the club at a time when owner Mike Ashley has seen the errors of his ways in trying to run the club like a normal business, and not spending enough money on the squad.
Mike Ashley has said he will spend big money to strengthen the squad this summer and so far that certainly been happening.
Steve McClaren also doesn’t suffer fools easily, and therefore when he is asked who he wants to stay in the squad this summer, he expects the players he names to be in the squad and not sold.
Of course that’s the way a club should be run.
It will be interesting to see if that happens and if Fabricio Coloccini will still be with us come September.
Given the defense has been our big weakness over the last three seasons, he’s still our most accomplished center-back with massive experience in the Premier League, and this will also be his last season of eight on Tyneside.
Last season may have been his worst season at Newcastle, apart from that first season when he was getting used to English football and it was a turbulent season to say the least – and we were relegated.
Coloccini will therefore certainly be motivated to do well this season, and McClaren could even keep him as captain.
But it is still complicating things when Coloccini hasn’t played one competitive minute under the new head coach.
What do you think?.