Breaking News – Commitment From The Newcastle Captain

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.

93 comments so far

  • sweendog

    Aug 2, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Captain Collo .. glad to hear it

  • sweendog

    Aug 2, 2015 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #2

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

  • sweendog

    Aug 2, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #3

    him guiding memba is a good thing

  • firebug666

    Aug 2, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #4


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

  • will die for the toon army

    Aug 2, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #5

    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.

  • will die for the toon army

    Aug 2, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #6

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

  • firebug666

    Aug 2, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #7

    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.

  • Jack

    Aug 2, 2015 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #8

    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…

  • Take a Chancel on me

    Aug 2, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #9

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

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 2, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #10

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

  • firebug666

    Aug 2, 2015 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #11

    Mister Tuff

    Knowledgeable fans……………………OOT

    Does that mean I have to leave now?

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 2, 2015 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #12

    knowledgeable fans………………………..IN

  • firebug666

    Aug 2, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #13

    Mister Tuff


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

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 2, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #14

    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.

  • firebug666

    Aug 3, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #15

    Mister Tuff

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

  • expatmag

    Aug 3, 2015 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #16


  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 3, 2015 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #17

    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.

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 3, 2015 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #18

    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.

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 3, 2015 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #19

    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!

  • Derek

    Aug 3, 2015 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #20

    I really hope he stays……… on the bench

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 3, 2015 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #21

    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.

  • expatmag

    Aug 3, 2015 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #22


    Still a couple more tests to go, Cobber.

  • VanToonMan

    Aug 3, 2015 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #23

    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

  • Our Toon

    Aug 3, 2015 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #24

    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

  • Our Toon

    Aug 3, 2015 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #25

    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.

  • lesh

    Aug 3, 2015 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #26

    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.

  • Jack

    Aug 3, 2015 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #27

    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!

  • canuckmag

    Aug 3, 2015 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #28

    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.

  • WestOzMag

    Aug 3, 2015 at 2:32 AM

    Comment #29

    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

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Aug 3, 2015 at 2:36 AM

    Comment #30

    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

  • Our Toon

    Aug 3, 2015 at 2:56 AM

    Comment #31


    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

  • Our Toon

    Aug 3, 2015 at 3:03 AM

    Comment #32

    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.

  • remember69

    Aug 3, 2015 at 3:43 AM

    Comment #33

    Ashley IN!!!

  • JDdubai

    Aug 3, 2015 at 6:05 AM

    Comment #34

    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..

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 3, 2015 at 6:11 AM

    Comment #35

    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.

  • hibbit

    Aug 3, 2015 at 6:21 AM

    Comment #36

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

  • JackButler

    Aug 3, 2015 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #37

    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

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 3, 2015 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #38

    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.

  • hibbit

    Aug 3, 2015 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #39

    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

  • lochinvar

    Aug 3, 2015 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #40

    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.


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