McClaren – We’re Trying To Address Defense – Colo Stays Captain

Newcastle fans seem to be happy with the three players we have brought in so far this summer, but from our play in pre-season that defense of ours is still the big weakness,  and for the last three season we’ve let in 63 goals, 59 goals and a massive 68 goals – so that’s 190 goals in total in three seasons and it’s simply not good enough.

The good news is that Steve McClaren seems well aware of that – and he has said today – talking to BBC Newcastle – that the club are on the look-out for defensive reinforcements.

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Steve McClaren – trying to improve the defense

This is what Steve has said on BBC Radio Newcastle about the Newcastle defense:

“We’re always on the lookout – we’re always open to that.” “We’ve got the personnel, but we’re always searching for better. It’s (the defense) is one big area we’re looking at.”

“We know you can’t win anything with a bad defense. That’s one thing we’re trying to address.” “Coloccini is the most experienced player, and my dealings with him have been tremendous.”

“We’ve had long, long talks. “He wants to stay here so I am delighted,” “Do I need to change the captain? Why do I need to unsettle everything – he carries on.”

It’s now certain that McClaren will keep Fabricio Coloccini in the captain’s role for the coming season, and he seems to have seen enough of Colo both on and off the field to think he’s still an important player for the club.

The fact they’ve had long talks and McClaren is pleased, shows they have a mutual respect for each other, and McClaren seems to trust the 33 year-old Argentine – and that’s important to have between a head coach and his captain.

Certainly at his best Fabricio  has a real calming influence at the back for Newcastle, and although he’s older now he was never quick, so his speed or lack thereof is not a problem.

His attributes of positional play and reading of a game plus his skill on the ball are still there – it’s just been a long time since we saw him in action.

Yes, he was terrible last season in that second half of the season – but we did quite well in the first half  and had those six wins in a row, so the players weren’t that bad.

It was the influence of the inexperienced and narcissistic John Carver that had a lot to do with the collapse in the second half of the season.

John just wasn’t up to the job – plain and simple.

And if that’s true, we should see some of our players playing a lot better this season under Steve McClaren, and that includes Fabricio Coloccini.

It hasn’t helped that Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace has wanted to sign Coloccini all summer, but it looks like Newcastle are not going to let Colo go – and he will spend the final year of his contract on Tyneside.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • magscar

    Aug 4, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Seems to me that Colo is prepared to sit out his last year which at this stage of his career presumably will represent his best pay deal – reputedly £65K pw. Next year on a free he can do better than now when a transfer fee involved.

    McClaren needs to get him performing again if he is staying.

  • northernracoon

    Aug 4, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #2

    Sort the defence ?? You cant polish a shit steve!!!

  • toon kk

    Aug 4, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #3

    You can’t train cart horses to win the national.

  • Dingo†®

    Aug 4, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #4

    but you can roll it in glitter racoon!

  • Belfast

    Aug 4, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Head turned by the mighty Crystal Palace.

  • the broons

    Aug 4, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #6

    YES!!!! I mean i know it isn’t a new signing but atleast its confirmation that he admits we need to strengthen.
    There is hope after all.

  • Bournemouth FC

    Aug 4, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #7

    Would love to see Newcastle get relegated. The mighty bournemouth will qualify for the Champions League 🙂

  • Belfast

    Aug 4, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #8

    We didn’t do quite well in the first half of the season. We where equally as shite apart from the six game run.

    Carver was that terrible people forget how terrible we were beforehand.

  • northernracoon

    Aug 4, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Lol….. why has it taken until a few days before the first game to come out and say our defending is shite ??? Charnley and co must of painstakingly trawled through comments on here at the speed of his transfer deals to realise this. Numptys !!!

  • lochinvar

    Aug 4, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #10

    Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren has told managing director Lee Charnley they must keep Moussa Sissoko.
    In a wide-ranging phone-in with BBC Radio Newcastle, McClaren also revealed Fabricio Coloccini “wants to stay” to captain the side.
    Coloccini is linked with Crystal Palace and Sissoko is a reported target for Liverpool and Manchester City.
    “We can’t lose Moussa, I know there’s a lot of interest but he’s under contract,” said McClaren, 54.
    “On my first day he walked into my office, a specimen of a man,” added McClaren of the 25-year-old midfielder.
    “An absolute presence and a great manner. Very professional and low maintenance. I’ve said to Lee Charnley, ‘wow, we’ve got to keep this guy’. I want to build a team around him.”

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Aug 4, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #11


    GREAT POINT!!! hes gonna coast for now, aggravate the injury and need to see a specialist in Buenos Aires all the while collecting that fat paycheck. Why should he renegotiate with the CP when they factor in the transfer fee when he can pocket it next year and be with his lover, AP.

  • Take a Chancel on me

    Aug 4, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #12

    Apparently we are after Mathieu Valbeuna.
    He’s 30 so I can’t see it like

  • toon kk

    Aug 4, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #13

    The transfer window isn’t closed yet, we all might be surprised one way or another.

  • doofa the loofa

    Aug 4, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #14

    Colo will be like a new signing under macca..
    Magical transformation of last leg defenders in.. 🙂

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Aug 4, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #15

    If the offer comes in Sissoko is off, don’t get too clingy Stevey. They won’t keep him just because you could use him haha.

  • martoon

    Aug 4, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #16

    I’ve got 21 sets of predictions now – I’m not collating the assists (because I didn’t ask) but it’s interesting how Aarons gets a lot of mentions.
    If you’re going to do it please put martoon in the post so I can find it easily!

  • Our Toon

    Aug 4, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #17

    Magscar and Taco

    Why would Colo want to join another club in the UK when he’s clearly unsettled at his wife and kids being in Argentina? He’ll leave us next summer and join San Lorenzo which has always been the plan!!

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Aug 4, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #18

    our toon

    fair enough, the point was really why he wouldnt want to transfer now.

  • Online Guy

    Aug 4, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #19

    Rose = top six

    don’t sign a centre back of note, then we are average in defence and will ship goals

    Sell Sissoko and we have no progression we will go backwards, we should be building around him .

    Keep him and add Shaqiri and we could win that cup Mike Ashley says we are going for .

    Do any of the negative things I mention above and we are pissing in the wind again, we will win nowt.

    It becomes a waste of time, and hope.

    Shaquiri can win you that Cup .

    Do not sell Sissoko.

  • hibbit

    Aug 4, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #20

    our toon they are here in jesmond

  • Tsunki

    Aug 4, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #21

    ‘mighty’ and ‘bournemouth’ in the same breath, ah comedy gold. I like a sense of humour. This is the best you’ve done since Ted macdougall whiled away his autumn years on the south coast. I remember doing a training course in Poole around that time, fantastic burgers at 3 at the Night Owl, they did a top notch Swiss cheese burger before BK even landed here. I kinda drifted off a bit there didn’t I? 🙂

  • Setchell

    Aug 4, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #22


    Final position in league: 7th

    Number of points in league: 61

    League Cup: semi final

    FA Cup: 4th round

    Number of 1st team signings this season: 5

    Number of 1st team leaving this season: 2

    Top goal scorer: mitrovic

    Number of goals for top goal scorer: 16

    Top Assists: wijnaldum

    Number of assists: 9

  • Online Guy

    Aug 4, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #23

    I thought Bournemouth had went Bankrupt years ago through Redknapp’s over spending, and only existed as a Chocolate Bar ?

  • derekm

    Aug 5, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #25

    Sissoko only joined us for the same reason as Cabaye – to use us a means to get a move to a top premierhsip club. His performances and attitude at the end of last season showed this, and he has been quoted in France that Chelsea wanted him, he loves Arsenal and so on. If Liverpool come in with a stupid bid bite their hand off – get a top class centre back and Berahino, De Jong, Colback and Anita can cover his loss in different ways. He does’nt want to play right side anyway, which is the only place I can see McClaren playing him.


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