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Breaking News – Commitment From The Newcastle Captain

11:27 pm, Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 93 Comments

The big news breaking tonight is that Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini wants to finish his career at St James’s Park and therefore Newcastle will not be selling the Argentine International this summer, and it looks like he will serve out the last year of his contract on Tyneside.

That will mean Coloccini will have played a full eight years at Newcastle, having been brought in from Spanish side Deportivo for £10.3M back in the summer of 2008, when Kevin Keegan was the manager.

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Fab Coloccini in action last season for Newcastle

And it seems that Colo could even be fit for the first game of the season against Southampton on Sunday – but it’s asking a lot of the 33 year-old to come straight into the side after playing in none of the pre-season friendlies.

This is what head coach Steve McClaren has said about Colo tonight:

“I’ve spoken to him several times,” “He’s been seven years at Newcastle. He’s coming to the end of his career, and he wants to finish it here. I’ve said ‘great – that’ll do me’, because they’re words I like to hear.”

“So let’s just get on the field and play now.” “Well, he’s got a year left on his contract, and Newcastle – it’s always his preferred choice.” “I know there’s been a lot of speculation, but my indication is that he wants to stay here and take the club forward.”

“We’ll assess him each day and see how he trains. A lot of them still need work and minutes. We have to get working pretty quickly.” “I think the work that the majority of the squad have been doing, we’ll get that work in this week which we need to do.”

Like a number of Newcastle players Coloccini did not have a good second half of the season under John Carver,  and the team simply collapsed under the experienced and often naive coach.

Before that final game against West Ham which we won 2-0, Newcastle had lost nine and drawn one of the previous 10 games – easily the worst run ever by any Newcastle side in the Premier League.

Crystal Palace had been wanting to take Colo to London, but that looks like it will not happen now.

And with Coloccini staying, we wonder if that means Chancel Mbemba will be the only center-back brought this summer?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Fabricio Coloccini · Injuries · Newcastle News · Pre-season · Premier League

93 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sweendog // Aug 2, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    Captain Collo .. glad to hear it

  • 2 sweendog // Aug 2, 2015 at 11:33 PM

    quality player .. just glad he knows the true fans appreciate him

  • 3 sweendog // Aug 2, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    him guiding memba is a good thing

  • 4 firebug666 // Aug 2, 2015 at 11:35 PM


    So are you saying that if someone doesn’t like Coloccini they are not a true fan?

  • 5 will die for the toon army // Aug 2, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    Colo has jst renovated his house. With his professionalism I think he will get an extension of 2 yrs till 35 and we will assess from there.

    Now I think its a Colo – Mbemba partnership for next season with Taylor Dummett and Lascales as back up.

  • 6 will die for the toon army // Aug 2, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Keep Willo and loan out Lasceles rather than being on the bench or U21s no development there

  • 7 firebug666 // Aug 2, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    Just for the record, with what we have now Coloccini is probably our best option alongside Mbemba.

    But last season, more so, he was rubbish, ducking out of challenges, turning his back on the strikers, failing to get tackles in, getting out jumped by more or less everyone.

    He was suppose to be leading the squad as the captain, but in reality was the quietest player on the pitch, and failed to organise the defence.

    But apart from Mbemba he is still the best of the rest.

  • 8 Jack // Aug 2, 2015 at 11:45 PM

    Ah the ‘you’re not a true fan because…’ crap again. Glad you decide who is and who isn’t a true fan because your knowledge is clearly superior too everyone else…

  • 9 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 2, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    Colo and Mbemba at Cb is our best choice at the mo then

  • 10 Mister Tuff // Aug 2, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    Mr Tubbs…………………………………OOT
    Knowledgeable fans……………………OOT
    Ian Toon,Fred West,Yorkshire Ripper.OOT

  • 11 firebug666 // Aug 2, 2015 at 11:56 PM

    Mister Tuff

    Knowledgeable fans……………………OOT

    Does that mean I have to leave now?

  • 12 Mister Tuff // Aug 2, 2015 at 11:57 PM

    knowledgeable fans………………………..IN

  • 13 firebug666 // Aug 2, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    Mister Tuff


    Wheeew! I am knowledgeable like, unfortunately that knowledge has nothing to do with football.

  • 14 Mister Tuff // Aug 2, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    firebug -I have to confess an error at post 10 – I was besides myself with laughter and typed in OOT instead on IN – after knowledgeable fan.

  • 15 firebug666 // Aug 3, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    Mister Tuff

    I understand, maybe is should have been REAL FANS …..OOT.

  • 16 expatmag // Aug 3, 2015 at 12:03 AM


  • 17 bettyswallocks // Aug 3, 2015 at 12:06 AM

    I agree that Vuckic deserves a chance at PL level. He has been plagued by injuries and most probably holding back when played.

    That goal was special and irrespective of the opposition , not many could do that.

  • 18 Mister Tuff // Aug 3, 2015 at 12:06 AM

    firebug – I’m not really a Colo supporter -would have liked to see him away -providing there was a replacement.
    He could end up having a nice “final” year, cough, cough – then move somewhere else -without retiring as suggested. i guess he might retain the captaincy as well.

  • 19 Mister Tuff // Aug 3, 2015 at 12:11 AM

    expat – evening/morning – you’ve been noticeably quiet on the crowing front – in respect of the latest test. I recall you were giving it “large” last week.
    nothing like a strutting and preening cockerell getting his feathers plucked – aye not crowing so much now!

  • 20 Derek // Aug 3, 2015 at 12:17 AM

    I really hope he stays……… on the bench

  • 21 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 3, 2015 at 12:17 AM

    If the team aims to keep possession more, which it seems it will, it should in-turn take off some of the constant ‘let’s sit back’ pressure which the other managerial imbeciles had us subjected to, therefore improve the defenders’ confidence somewhat.

    The best form of defence is always attack.

    Colo is comfortable with the ball at his feet, so with this manager, it may suit him a lot more to play a better footballing style. He does get found out with his positioning sometimes, but when he’s been in form, his positioning has also been excellent, so he can do it when the factors are in his favour.

    I hope he can be revitalised if he stays.

  • 22 expatmag // Aug 3, 2015 at 12:32 AM


    Still a couple more tests to go, Cobber.

  • 23 VanToonMan // Aug 3, 2015 at 1:03 AM

    I don’t mind Colo staying for one more year as it means we have a ready-made backup to Mbemba who can guide him – but Colo must be a backup to Mbemba NOT his partner as they are too similar in moulds of CBs – Mbemba needs a big strong partner at the heart of defence hence why I would say put Lascelles in – no better way of learning than out on the pitch – Stones was thrown in by everton and has developed.

    I also think Vuckic should at least get a bench place. Give him this season (around quality players) to see what he can do – same applies to Kemen.

    I don’t think Colback should start – good backup for me – but not starting – he is neither an out and out tough DMF nor a quality creative mid like Cabaye – ticks neither box basically – bit jack of all trades like

  • 24 Our Toon // Aug 3, 2015 at 1:12 AM

    Who do we drop for Vuckic then? The 23 year old who’s failed at Rotherham and Cardiff in Div 1 and championship

    He can only really play the no 10 role, we have Wij, SDJ, Cabella and Sissoko who can all play there. I just don’t get it with the sudden Vuckic love fest, 7 or 8 years ago Europe’s biggest and best wanted him now no one wants him. He’s a poor man’s Hugo Viana, another who was the next big thing in Europe. Viana failed here, in Portugal, Spain, think he even had a stint in Brazil. Viana now finds himself in the middle east after constant failure throughout his career. Vuckic on the other hand won’t ever make it in the top division of the main European leagues. The fact no one wants him tells you just how good he is

  • 25 Our Toon // Aug 3, 2015 at 1:14 AM

    On colo I’m happy he’s here for this season, as expected he’ll be off to San Lorenzo at the end of the season to rejoin his family. No matter what has happened during his time here, I for one will always be grateful to colo for stick around when we got relegated.

  • 26 lesh // Aug 3, 2015 at 1:23 AM

    Well, if Colo’s gonna stick around, there’s no new CB coming in this window.

    All we need is an injury to Mbmemba and we’re back at square one – defensively weak.

  • 27 Jack // Aug 3, 2015 at 1:37 AM

    Our Toon

    Vuckic played on the right wing last season, he also scored 9 (might be wrong) goals for Rangers in that position.

    Yes the premier league is a step up, but he’s never had a fair chance. Give him this season, if he fails, then get rid!

  • 28 canuckmag // Aug 3, 2015 at 1:41 AM

    We MUST get another centre half in this week, we are so exposed. As much as Collo has been a good servant to the club I think we all saw last season that his legs have gone. We should be busting the bank to get a tall centre half in with some pace. I also think that we need a rock solid defensive midfielder who knows how to sit in and not get caught forward all the time. I am afraid Colback does not have that in his game and neither does anyone else in the squad. If you look at our goals conceded it is pretty staggering how many come through the middle where we have no cover. Interesting week ahead.

  • 29 WestOzMag // Aug 3, 2015 at 2:32 AM

    Can someone plz inform me as to what is a true fan as stated by the 1st post. Is it going to every game? Living in Newcastle? Posting on here on a regular basis? Having to love colo? I mean I dnt fall in any category so I must not be classified a true fan. This site just gets better and better each day for shits and giggles

  • 30 Shadow_Shearer // Aug 3, 2015 at 2:36 AM

    What should you do with a ball playing defender who’s lost his pace & ariel ability. Simple, shove him in CDM. Espically in a 4231 formation with 2 holding midfielders. I guarantee putting him in a more advanced position itself will get his confidence up

  • 31 Our Toon // Aug 3, 2015 at 2:56 AM


    His national manager even slated the standard of the league and also Vuckic how do you explain that? He may well of got 9 goals from playing out wide but can you explain how being half decent in the Scottish 1st division equates to having a chance in the prem?

    Here’s another example for you, Kenny Miller bangs em in for fun, Boyd went to boro was a massive success in Scotland but utter shite in the championship….Both of them. Let’s have some realism, they played in the Scottish prem, Vuckic played in scottish League 1.

    Our u21 team could beat most of the Scottish div 1 teams

  • 32 Our Toon // Aug 3, 2015 at 3:03 AM

    I don’t buy into this nonsense of legs gone etc. As a defender gets older they start reading the game better. Colo needs someone next to him with pace etc like Mbemba but we need a CB and ideally Colo as back up.

  • 33 remember69 // Aug 3, 2015 at 3:43 AM

    Ashley IN!!!

  • 34 JDdubai // Aug 3, 2015 at 6:05 AM

    Bugger! Another season of toonbrother’s onslaught…

    On another note I think next summer will be the key transfer window if we can consolidate this year.

    With Colo, Saylor, Willo, Obertan amongst others out of contract we will have no choice but to get that other CB and additional improvements to the squad.

    If we can keep the majority of the squad together and replace 5-6 of the poorer players who are out of contract with upgrades we would have a pretty strong squad of 20+ players by then..

  • 35 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 3, 2015 at 6:11 AM

    We still need a new centre regardless if colo stays or leaves.

    A fear that a hammering from Southampton and the players will suffer from low confidence and vicious cycle of horrendous results will follow.

    Very tricky season because we have a very difficult first 8 games.

  • 36 hibbit // Aug 3, 2015 at 6:21 AM

    if that’s the starting eleven and more and more fans think it is what’s changed same problems

  • 37 JackButler // Aug 3, 2015 at 6:27 AM

    He shouldn’t have a choice in the matter, he’s not good enough and needs to go, how the hell can/will we improve when we carry so much dead wood?

    SM is a very good coach but he’s not a miracle worker and you need a miracle to turn that back four into a cohesive unit.

    And if he retains the captaincy it will be the biggest joke of all time, the guy is a disgrace to the shirt

  • 38 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 3, 2015 at 6:31 AM

    As far as I’m concerned – yes I would like to sell/move on the likes of Williamson, Taylor – the problem is we cannot afford to until we have got someone in or lined up as we’ll have no defenders.
    The same goes for Cisse – got to keeep him until we have someone in or lined up.

  • 39 hibbit // Aug 3, 2015 at 6:41 AM

    charlie at some time we have to dive in and get the players we need 20m now could seem small change in may sort the fb’s out and a quality cb ……i still think some of the players on your list will go

  • 40 lochinvar // Aug 3, 2015 at 6:45 AM

    If McLaren plans to rotate the squad to ensure less injury problems, have experience on the bench and have the ability to put on strong teams for Cup games then Colo staying has some sense.
    However at 33 and with the intensity of league and cup games to play in , not to mention the fast attacking style of some teams with young pacey forwards then Colo can’t possibly be expected to play all the time.
    His staying doesn’t in the slightest reduce the need for another one combatitive CB. It just reduces the need for another two to assist Mwewba.

  • 41 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 3, 2015 at 6:47 AM

    JDdubai…what if we cannot do better than 10-11 or even worse?

    Will we not just try and rectify a season gone wrong again…this is where I think we are heading with this current team!

    It’s just three injuries away from looking like the team that finished 17!

  • 42 Ian Toon // Aug 3, 2015 at 6:56 AM

    As if 15 th wasn’t bad enough!

  • 43 Mag52 // Aug 3, 2015 at 6:57 AM

    Mbemba puts in his first shift for us at RB. Only the second time in his career has he played in that position.
    Is this a foretaste of what’s to come in the season ahead ? Juggling around of players in an attempt to plug the weaknesses left by underinvestment.
    Are we going to hear the old refrain ‘square pegs in round holes’ again echoing around this blog ?
    Let’s hope this is a one off and that this déjà vu scenario, down entirely to poor targeting/lack of investment in the transfer window, does not come back to haunt us once again.

  • 44 Bambams // Aug 3, 2015 at 6:59 AM

    We will get another CB this week.

    Not sure about another striker mind


  • 45 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:01 AM

    The bar requirement this season should be another CB and a pacy tricky forward who can play wide!

    Then we can talk away moving on the dead wood and upgrading the likes of Tiote…

  • 46 Ian Toon // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:01 AM

    Our Toon- he’s not John Terry. We need a CB in any event. At best it would allow Colo to get match fit.

  • 47 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:03 AM

    Mag52…what you just wrote there is proof we need another RB as well!

    …if not watching SM playing both Bigi and Fergy as fullbacks is enough!

  • 48 hibbit // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:05 AM

    mag 52 i think willo /taylor will start against the saints and mbemba played just for game time he has to leave the uk to apply for a visa could take 3/4 days

  • 49 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:18 AM

    Hopefully – fingers crossed we get a couple of quality defenders in by the time the transfer window closes (use the Austin money they are meant to be shelling out (unless McClaren is going for a Keeeganesque team – attack attack team)) as it is going to be a long hard winter.

    Anyway what ever happens going to be tough first eight games can’t see us picking up more than 5 points in reality.

  • 50 Jail for Ashley // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:23 AM

    I’ve heard some rubbish on here before and I should know, I’ve spoken most of it, but to hear that it makes you a true fan to appreciate our want away captain and shirker of derbies is beyond me.

  • 51 nut meg // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:23 AM

    I’m sure I read that Mbemba has a appointment on Wednesday ( Brussels ?) to get his visa.
    On the badly needed CB, Rudiger is back from injury on Wednesday. So, I’m hoping like hell that this was what SM was referring to when he said we must be patient and wait for the right one.

  • 52 headtheball // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:24 AM

    Sorry mate but all true fans live in Queensland.You lot beyond the Black Stump are just pretenders!

  • 53 Jamseyd24 // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:26 AM

    Where does everyone think we will be sitting in the table come Sept 1st?

    I reckon bottom 3. Not because im a pessimist I just think our first few games are pretty tough,

  • 54 Average_Contents // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:26 AM

    Oh joy.

  • 55 Ian Toon // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:27 AM

    Janmaat would bring more composure and calmness to the defence. Taylor gives the impression of a mistake waiting to happen – like turning into the middle and losing possession. Colo merely has guile and lacks pace and power. Midfield with Colback and defending as a unit is the Macca way. Macca’s style suggests a less open style and when ahead that we would be better able to kill games off.

  • 56 gaz 44 // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:28 AM

    I think I must be one of the few who thinks this is good news. Mbemba looks to have potential same could be said with lascelles .. Taylor for me would be the pick of the current defenders I think if he could get a run of more than 10 games without being injured but we all know he can’t last 4 and iron Mike the less said about him the better. I like dummet but see him more of utility and filling in for injuries abit like raylor.. So for me with possible the exception of mbemba and lascelles who are unproven collo is the pick of s bad bunch.. Surely most people are on the understanding that you can’t just throw 2 new centre backs together and expect them to have an instant reading of each other’s game it takes time to integrate defences together so by collo staying at least it gives mbemba 6month to a year playing in a settled defence.. Also a lot of the other centre backs being linked with are more Afrikaans so likely to lose them every other jan with mbemba which wouldn’t be great

  • 57 Mag52 // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:29 AM


    Yes, I’ll take five points from the first five games. Any more’ll be a nice bonus.

  • 58 Tsunki // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:29 AM

    Can’t wait until toonbotherer wakes up to this one. It’ll make his season.

  • 59 Tsunki // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:29 AM

    Ashley Out!

  • 60 nut meg // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:30 AM

    Serious question, has Collo ever formed a decent effective partnership at the centre of our defence.with anyone ?

  • 61 sparky55 // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:32 AM

    The problem with Colo in my book is not so much he’s an unworthy CB who should’t be starting any games for us due to the fact he’s old, slow, can’t read the game anymore, doesn’t watch what the opposition players are doing, doesn’t spot their runs, ball watches instead of player watches etc etc…it’s the fact he’s the unworthy captain of our club too.

    If he stays and remains captain I think it will call unrest in the club…if he stays and the captaincy is given to someone else, he’ll spit his dummy out so might have to be given club captaincy but be relieved of the team captaincy…either way he’ll feel stripped of something which wont go down well with the Argy mentality.

    I would get rid, clear the tab and tell the other 4 crap CB’s in the club they need to step up to the plate and really have something to play for and aspire to even though Charmless will secretly be bringing in another CB before the end of the month anyway.

    I think the club are being cuter in what they’re doing and saying and that we’ll be getting at least two more players in before the window shuts, and we’ll offload 4 players as a result including Colo.

    Just My opinion

  • 62 JackButler // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:32 AM

    We are the masters at putting square pegs in round holes and as for holding on to stuff that years past its sell by date – there is no one better

  • 63 Mag52 // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:33 AM

    Five from the first EIGHT games, meant to say.

  • 64 nut meg // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:37 AM

    Albert Steptoe was pretty good at hoarding stuff.mind.

  • 65 firebug666 // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:39 AM

    We will be in trouble this season without further upgrades to the defence, I don’t think it will be a relegation battle, but we will not be in the top half of the table either.

  • 66 JackButler // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:40 AM

    Nut Meg

    It’s Ashley’s mentality mate, he thinks cause he’s made a fortune filling his tat emporium with stuff no one else wants, he thinks he should do the same with us. We are carrying so much deadwood that no one wants it’s no wonder we can’t move forward as a club

  • 67 firebug666 // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    Steve McClaren is yet to decide on his Newcastle United captain – just five days before the new season gets under way.

    McClaren said: “You’ll find that out (this week), because it’s been passed around all over the place, hasn’t it?

  • 68 sing in the corner // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    Can’t say I ‘m happy with the Colo news, but without a replacement CB I suppose the club feel it’s the safest combination. The facts remain, as seen before everybody’s eyes last season…Colo has gone backwards in the key CB attributes, and IMO is no longer PL / captain standard. This decision is pinning a lot of hope on Mbemba.

  • 69 JackButler // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    I asked this yesterday and it was interesting to see what people thought.

    With the squad as it stands now, where do you think we will finish this season?

    Personally I think we will be looking at 11th or 12th as our defence is shoddy to say the least

  • 70 Jamseyd24 // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:45 AM

    Surely Ashley knows if he doesnt spend a bit more the fans our going to be on his back again pronto. We have made 3 decent signings but as yet they are all un-proven. SM & LC need to make this super signing and make it quick

  • 71 sing in the corner // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:46 AM

    Reading between the lines Colo = still captain, if we’re suddenly finding out this week…and the timing of Colo’s announcement.
    Opportunity missed…

  • 72 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:46 AM

    Most likely you can right off Arsenal H, Man Utd A, Man city A,
    Chelsea can’t go on forever beaten them at H so go for loss
    other four games:
    Win against Watford
    Draws against West Ham and Swansea A
    Loss against Southampton but first game of season could be anything??

  • 73 lochinvar // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    So Colo doesn’t want to join up with Pardew .
    Wonder why ?

  • 74 nut meg // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:50 AM

    I agree & it speaks volumes when nobody seems to want what we need to get rid of. Boro were quoted 2m for Willo & they never came back. How many more,if any, have been put off by the asking price?

  • 75 hibbit // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:55 AM

    nut meg willo is the only player we have had a bid on …..from leeds turned down…….. says a lot for the rest !!

  • 76 Jamseyd24 // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:57 AM

    Any body expecting any sort of movement this week?? Even a concrete rumor?

  • 77 JackButler // Aug 3, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    Nut Meg

    What scares me is the thought that we are not even trying to move half of the players on that need to go.

    As let’s face it,me don’t simply need additions, we need a overhaul big time

  • 78 firebug666 // Aug 3, 2015 at 8:01 AM


    The only movement this week if any will be outs I think. I don’t see anyone else coming in yet as the squad will need to be culled first.

  • 79 sing in the corner // Aug 3, 2015 at 8:02 AM

    Mind I still hope Colo will not remain captain.. seems to .send the wrong message to the rest of the squad!

  • 80 Jib // Aug 3, 2015 at 8:05 AM

    Now for some reality

    Of the defenders on the roster

    Dummett Coloccini Taylor Mbemba Good are not match fit .

    Satka Sterry Mbabu Gillesphey aren’t ready for 1st team footy yet.

    That means perm four from
    Williamson Lascelles Janmaat Haidara Ferguson

    Anita and Colback are also both decent fullbacks

    If I were Supermac (thank go I’m not) given Soton’s advantage over us with regard to preparation.
    I would go for 5 across the back with Williamsion in the middle with Janmaat and Haidara ether side Aarons and Perez wing backs Wijnaldum DeJong Anita Colback Mitro

    Perez (Obertan)
    DeJong (Bigirimana)

  • 81 terencelim // Aug 3, 2015 at 8:06 AM

    Surprisingly didn’t see toonbrother’s comment here.

  • 82 sing in the corner // Aug 3, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    Who is the skipper in that team?
    De Jong? Janmaat?

  • 83 JackButler // Aug 3, 2015 at 8:12 AM


    The starting 11 won’t be far what we saw the weekend. Sissoko will start, Saylor and Willo will most probably get the nod for the CB role, with Jannmat and Haidara either side, the only change I can see if if he starts with de Jong in place of Gini. But Cisse will start as the lone striker

  • 84 magpiesi // Aug 3, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    I think we will draw first two games then get beat off Man U and arsenal sorry and maybe score just one goal with two points after 4 games. We will have a capital cup game as well so I’m hoping we get some form from there on.

  • 85 OneAlanShearer // Aug 3, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    He needs to start with:


    Janmaat Mbemba saylor/Colo Haidara
    Sissoko gigi sdj aarons/perez

    Use cisse as a sub he makes a better impact player.

  • 86 Offkey // Aug 3, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Uncle Jib being mischievous again. Williamson the core of the back 3, with Janmaat at Haidara either side. Fair play Janmaat’s played there before but Haidara.

  • 87 Offkey // Aug 3, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    like JB says, I expect the team to look like the starting 11 on Saturday give or take one or two max

  • 88 hibbit // Aug 3, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    shearer ….i think it will be taylor / willo as mbemba will not train much this week and colo has not kicked a ball yet

  • 89 davis_toons // Aug 3, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Colo can score if the manager dare to risk by putting him to attack the ball which he won so much often than Willo.

    He’s got great technic and can assist infront of goal.

  • 90 davis_toons // Aug 3, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Most managers do not put him upfront because of our limited defensive option. Willo is too slow to get back and not agile at all.

    Staylor is often not in the team. And we are left with other inexperience players.

    Colo sacrifice alot playing with not to par defender these years..

  • 91 Gallowgate_99 // Aug 3, 2015 at 12:38 PM

    2 years ago when collo wanted out I was devastated but now I would not be too disheartened if he left. He’s had a wonderful run here but he is 33 now so is on the decline and that was not more evident than the second half of last season were even our inspirational captain didn’t have any soul

  • 92 Moonraker15 // Aug 3, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    Good news about Colo cos it gives much needed continuity and when he’s fit he’s a good player.

    He should do well alongside Mbemba who has pace and skill.

    For all the doubters, remember the only reason we were in a relegation battle was because of Carver, otherwise we would have been mid table, where we were when Percy left.

    If you make too many changes all at once it’s difficult to get them playing as a team; best way is a gradual improvement and we won’t know the priorities until the start.

    Don’t get me wrong I know we need players in but this time the coach is setting the priorities unlike Percy who just took what was given and let them sort themselves out.

    I’m optimistic but not
    expecting too much immediately; after all it has been crap for years and I’m sure McClaren wants to succeed as this is his last chance with a big club !

  • 93 Moonraker15 // Aug 3, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    That’s why your a blogger and not a top coach!

    Mbemba will play alongside Colo or Williamson with Janmaat and Haidara at full back.
    Mbemba hasn’t had much playing time but he has been training and should be ok it’s not as though he’s recovering from injury.
    Midfield Winnie, Colback, Anita, Sissoko.
    Up front Mitro with de Jong behind him.
    Subs; Aaron’s, Cisse, Satko, Abeid, Taylor

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