This Man Could Be Surprise Selection Against Southampton


We were pleased that Steve McClaren cleared up the reasons why Fab Coloccini has been unsettled in this pre-season, and it looks like Alan Pardew was offering him a three year deal to join Crystal Palace, and had offers from two or three other clubs too.

The Newcastle head coach cleared that all up yesterday by offering the Newcastle captain a year extension  on his contract at the club – and so the 33 year-old will be at the club until the summer of 2017 when he will be 35, and is expected to retire from the game.

Colo will then have been at Newcastle for nine years.

fab coloccini looking glum

Fab Coloccini – on the sidelines in pre-season

In his press conference yesterday McClaren also said that Colo had been training for the majority of the time  – so we assume that Achilles injury is not bad – and with everything now sorted out it wouldn’t be surprising if Colo starts the game against the Saints on Sunday.

He’s so experienced that he can come in and be ready to play (hopefully) a solid game for the team, and he is going to be an important cog in Newcastle’s wheel for the coming season.

Newcastle need him to play somewhere near his best if we are to have a good first season under Steve McClaren.

This is what Steve said yesterday about his captain:

“He’s done the majority of the training – like the rest – but not played the games,” “It’s another decision that will have to be made on the day, but sometimes the best way to get up to speed and fitness is just to play.”

McClaren also explained that Colo was very well respected by all the Newcastle players:

“I asked a lot of people in the squad, the senior players, and to a man they said they wanted Colo in the team.”

“They respect him as a player, man and captain. From then on it was a case of sitting down and saying, ‘We want you to stay’.”

“From day one he has said to me that he wanted to finish his career at Newcastle, but that there were three or four opportunities that he had.”

You can stick somebody in like that without any match fitness – but only if they are experienced – like Fab Coloccini.

We expect Fab to lead out Newcastle on Sunday and hopefully we can start off thee season with a win.

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164 comments so far

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 7, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #1

    McClaren was saying Pardew’s interest has been an unsettling distraction for Colo. Why should that be? The bloke is forever distracted. I’m sick of it. The squad needs freshening up and Colo needs to go. Teams and supporters thrive on change. Bad move by Makro IMO, but we’ll see.

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  • Brian Pinas

    Aug 7, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #2

    @B&B

    It’s just how you would see it on sky before a game, isn’t it?. A rough idea of where players will play. With scope for fluidity obviously. I just meant it shows the defensive shape because our attacking one would have Haidara and Janmaat high up the pitch.

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 7, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Ashley Out!

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  • Bambams

    Aug 7, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #4

    If his head is on the game and he has pace alongside him we will be ok. Mbemba has to start if we have his visa.
    I am not having a pop at either CB but I hope we don’t start with Colo and Willo .

    Mitrovic will definitely start as will Wini….

    Not sure about SDJ.

    The sooner we get SDJ up to speed the better. He will get at least 10 goals this season, watch him come in at the back post late. Similar to Gary Speed used to.

    He will be a great player once fit

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 7, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Not that much of a surprise seeing as he’s still better if he lost a leg altogether than Iron Mike on all three cylinders.

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 7, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #6

    So imp it’ll be
    Krul
    Jan Saylor Colo/Willo Haidara
    Colback Anita Wini
    Sissoko Cisse ???

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  • nut meg

    Aug 7, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #7

    He was experienced last year and the year before and the year before that….did he show his class then,not very much IMHO. If he starts on Sunday, fear the worst people!

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  • magfly

    Aug 7, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #8

    Colo is a top class footballer people who call him no nothing about football.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 7, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #9

    WWSBRD

    That line-up looks far too familiar to be comforting…

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  • Belfast

    Aug 7, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #10

    Skunki out!

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  • Belfast

    Aug 7, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #11

    Call him what magfly?

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  • SELondonFan

    Aug 7, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #12

    Hi people!

    I read this blog quite a bit, but never post.

    I was just wondering if there was any fans on this blog travelling up Sunday to watch the game from London?

    I think i’m on the 9/930AM train from from Kings Cross.
    I’m going up on my own so it’d be nice to meet another reader on the way up or something.

    Cheers!

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 7, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #13

    Mayfly I would introduce you to toonbrother but I think he’s done something really bad to himself.

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 7, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #14

    Oops magfly ha ha

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 7, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #15

    TDS
    It’ll bring us a great 4 nil loss my friend don’t worry

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  • Belfast

    Aug 7, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #16

    Two more sleeps until Dennis twice returns.

    Attack Toon Attack Attack!

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  • doofa the loofa

    Aug 7, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #17

    King colo in..

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  • Belfast

    Aug 7, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #18

    He’s been missed.

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  • JackButler

    Aug 7, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #19

    Well, seeing as we are up there with the big spenders, the team on Sunday will look far to familiar to inspire most, let’s just hope SM has worked some magic on the training field

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 7, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #20

    (Sound of battle horn) Dennis Twice- Assemble!

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  • spaghetti bandit

    Aug 7, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #21

    Net spend is a load of boll#cks

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Aug 7, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #22

    maybe dennis killed someone with a trident… escalated quickly

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 7, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #23

    Dok – yeah it did, didn’t it?

    😀

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  • Thump

    Aug 7, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #24

    He has to start. If not it’s Saylor and Willo.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Aug 7, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #25

    For all the stick and lack of imagination Pardew has.

    I’ve long maintain that he’ll do fine at palace because the players at his disposal are more suited to him. He clearly can’t handle technical ball players with patience. So he mismanaged or orstracised them. He can work with direct, powerful players with pace.

    His palace players are more rigid defensively with their shape.

    Our squad will outsmart theirs any day of the week but he’s a god match for palace.

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 7, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #26

    Quite an essay spag band. Easy to get bogged down in but I particularly liked your reasoning in the ‘ disposal of depreciating versus appreciating assets ‘ section. Riveting.

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Aug 7, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #27

    tsuniki,

    it did ,been meaning to say, he might need to go into hiding for awhile

    god I miss rainrix, he’s probably at his home on whore island 🙂

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Aug 7, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #28

    just read that LVG has spent 330 million in transfer fees alone in his 12 months at the helm… fcuk me…. what we could do with that spending tyneside…

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  • lukes26

    Aug 7, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #29

    Part of the problem is Anita playing Def Mid.

    Anita only averages a yellow card every 11 games. . If you’re aggressive and constant tackler, yellows will happen.

    Top tier def mids, like schneiderlin, Matic and fabregas all average a yellow around every 4 games.

    What’s insane is Obertan has never had a Yellow his entire career with Newcastle.

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  • spaghetti bandit

    Aug 7, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #30

    Ha,, needed no more explaining

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  • Jamseyd24

    Aug 7, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #31

    Slightly of topic but is no one bothered that we dont have a single England regular in our squad?? I’m form N Ireland and even I would like to see a Toon player turning out for England, In fact we dont have a single home nations international.

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  • Jamseyd24

    Aug 7, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #32

    That being said, iv always been a big fan of the Dutch!!!!

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Aug 7, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #33

    Jamseyd24
    Im pretty sure one of Mbemba’s birth certificates are from the UK. Hell be on the england squad in no time.

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  • scottoon

    Aug 7, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #34

    Martoon –

    Bit late to the party but here goes:

    League Position 9th
    Number of Points – 53
    League Cup – quarters
    FA Cup – 4th round
    1st team signings – 4
    1st team departures – 2
    Top Scorer – Mitrovic
    Number of Goals – 14

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  • scottoon

    Aug 7, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #35

    So with Colo signing an extension, the club is telling us that there will not be another CB signing IMO. We have Collo and Mbemba as the preferred pairing with Taylor, Willo, Lascelles and Good as the back ups.

    I don’t see Cisse going anywhere either, so that means no more strikers in either, especially if McLaren plays his preferred formation with just one up top. I see the centre of the pitch as reasonably well sorted so the only areas where we might see more signings are for a winger and maybe RB cover (but Mbemba probably fits that role) So for the first team, maybe a winger in and that is job done for the board as I see it. Not that I agree with it, but just my suspicions.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 7, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #36

    magfly…. i have a feeling that the one that knows nowt about football is YOU

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  • hibbit

    Aug 7, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #37

    thump,,,its taylor and willo only pairing with game time

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  • will die for the toon army

    Aug 7, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #38

    I never talk abt other clubs but Garry Monk and Mark Hughes are building something. Thats e patience we have to give Mcclaren too to build a Top four team patience.

    Monk and Hughes have made their clubs from bottom half clubs to Top half clubs and increase in points ratio every season.

    As fans we shld believe we r no longer a Top club of the 90s and early 2000s. And look at now and know we r a bottom half team wanting to go to Top 10. We make Top 10 and showing enthusiasm then its good work for the season and we build from there. As of right now we have no team we r jst building one. We have no foundation so we need Mcclaren and his staff to build one.

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  • toonbrother

    Aug 7, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #39

    As a club we are cursed
    Only a cursed side inflicts so much pain on itself
    Until mclaren realises this guy is a joke, i wont waste my time losing sleep over this club

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  • toonbrother

    Aug 7, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #40

    all that great work in the transfer window thrown away for this joke of a player
    you’ve gotta be kidding me

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