Captain Opens Up – We Want Fans To Be Proud Of The Team

Fabricio Coloccini has sent a letter out to fans by email today, and he talks at some length about why has stayed at Newcastle and how he had more than one offer to leave Tyneside for another club.

But much like in his recent interviews,  he has said he was proud that the new head coach Steve McClaren not only wanted him to stay at Newcastle,  but also wanted him to continue with the captaincy, which he was just delighted to do.

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Fabricio Coloccini – in action last Sunday

Colo has also said that Steve McClaren was a big reason that he wanted to stay on Tyneside.

Certainly from what Steve McClaren has said the two of them seem to see eye to eye on a number of things and after the first few days of training Steve has said you could quickly tell who one of the best players was – and that was Coloccini.

This is some of what Colo has sent out in his email:

“With a new head coach, new staff, new players, young players with ambition and new ideas, we are looking forward. It is good for the atmosphere in the changing room and we are excited to know what will happen this season.”

“The head coach was a big part of me staying here. He wanted me here to be part of the squad. The club wanted me to be a part of the ‘new’ Newcastle United that they are building. I am proud of that because I’m very happy here.”

“There has been a lot of speculation about my future in the summer but from the first time I met the club to talk, I said to them my first choice was here at Newcastle United. It’s true there were a few offers to the club.”

“I don’t speak too much with the press so maybe it confuses things and people can say things about my future.” But my future is here. I have been here seven years and I feel a part of this club and a part of this city.”

“I know there was speculation about the captaincy also. The head coach has made the choice for me to wear the armband again and it’s fantastic news for me. If he said he thinks someone else is better, that’s no problem. We have to think of the team. It is part of football.”

“But captaining the team is a very important responsibility and is very special for me. I came here to another country and didn’t know the language. Everything was new. But everyone here – and you, the fans – made me feel part of the family here and I am proud to be a part of it still.”

“Against Southampton, we did many things well as a team. We worked together against a good team and I think it was a good day for us. We want to keep going and to learn the things we need to develop and improve.”

“Now we go to Swansea looking to win. Swansea playing well is not something new. They have done that for a few seasons. It will be tough for us there but we have a lot of things in our head that we want to do this season and to achieve them, we have to get points away. We have to fight for that.”

“Every season, there are new expectations and new dreams. We know we start from zero and I hope for you, for the players and for the staff – for the whole club – that we can have a good season and can make you proud of our team.”

Steve McClaren is doing a lot of the right things at Newcastle, and one of them that is very important is the communication to the fans.

They are the life blood of the club and he knows that very well – and even though Colo tends to be the quiet type, we have a feeling we will hear from Coloccini periodically – even if it is only by email.

It’s very hard to over-communicate – especially at a club as great as Newcastle – when the fans want to know every single thing about what’s going on.

The game at Swansea is going to be very tough for us, but we hope to see an improvement from last Sunday, and one of those improvement areas is to have the team go 100% for all 90 minutes.

It should be a very good game between what looks to be two sides intent on playing good football and attacking the opposition.

You cannot ask for much more than that.

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