Steve McClaren Still Lauding This Player

Fabricio Coloccini did one play one minute in the pre-season, and it was therefore a surprise when he led Newcastle out for our first game of the season at home to Southampton and he was partnered by new arrival Chancel Mbemba – and they had never played together before.

tim krul and fab coloccini at end of game

Fabricio Coloccini at the end of the 0-0 draw At Old Trafford
And you thought he didn’t care
Tim Krul and Colo were great that day

But that had followed the surprising news in the previous week that Coloccini had just signed a one year extension to his contract that will keep him at the club until June of 2017.

McClaren also made it clear that Colo had been pursued by several Premier League clubs in the summer, including Alan Pardew and Crystal Palace, who had offered him a three year deal to move to London.

McClaren seemed totally relieved that happened.

And given that the Argentine had not played a first team game since the last day of the season against West Ham,  Colo played well – and then at Manchester United he was simply outstanding – the Newcastle defense for a change were simply terrific.

In the build-up to the West Ham game on Monday night McClaren has again talked about his captain in the Chronicle:

“I think Coloccini could turn out to be one of the best signings, strangely enough.”

“That normally happens at a football club where keeping your captain and one of your best players lifts people and I think he’s responded very well since signing the new deal.”

“I also think he’s been excellent for us in the four games he’s played.”

“Not playing a game in pre-season but still getting up to fitness and playing in all those matches at the level he has, now that has been impressive.”

“I think there’s a lot of good players here.” “I’m pleased we kept them all.”

Notice that Steve in public is always praising his players, none of the – they are not good enough and will be sold.

And so far he seems to be doing well in getting the best out of a number of our players – certainly he has Colo back playing near his very best form.

It’s a good example of the first tenet of management – you get what you expect from your people.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Sep 12, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Ashley Out!

  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 12, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #2

    Toon Kk

    I believe the Hot head will cool down. He is here for long term. Only wishing we can keep moving forward.

  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 12, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #3

    Some can argue but Mitrovic was the best Striker we were linked to.

    Coz it was:
    1. Mbemba vs Matip, Rudiger, Abdennour = Abdennour
    2. Thauvin vs. Townnsend = Draw
    3. Mitrovic vs. Austin = Mitrovic
    4. Wijanldum vs. Cabaye = Wijanldum

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 12, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #4

    I think McClaren has finally lost the plot…oh well 😉

    Does any know if Jeff also know as Pennywise has sought out help?

  • Tsunki

    Sep 12, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #5

    Could Colo be like a new signing? I don’t think he’s been like a new signing since he actually signed, has he? Can’t be many like a new signings left in the ” Like a New Signing ” book

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 12, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #6


  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 12, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #7

    Mcca is trying to control our expectations which is a good thing. If we look solid again at
    Westham then I will say we are aorgainsed as a team . then I will look at our attacks then .
    We need intelligent players not headless chickens. in attack . Let De jong and Perez start and we c .
    Pappis has already been tried out.
    Team For Westham:
    ………………………. Krul
    Janmatt ……Mbemba……. Colo ……… . Haidara
    …………. . Wijnaldum ……. . Colback
    Sissoko………… .De Jong ……………… Thauvin
    ………………………. . Perez
    We need De Jong he has the intelligence of a killer pass and can score goals . For Perez he is the
    only player that can keep the ball for a long time.
    Sissoko and Thauvin shld get starting making some runs and dribbles respectively .
    Wijnaldum shld become a holding Intrllegent player like Yaya Toure. Colback shld b the tireless
    running Holding player .

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 12, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #8

    How’s the air up there in Newcastle?

    …is it the smog coming in from Sunderland that makes ppl saying the strangest things 😉

  • Tsunki

    Sep 12, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #9

    So, just so we can be clear , “like a new signing” – is that different from “finally playing like he should have”?

  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 12, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #10

    A fit Colo is a good player. Was very impressed at Arsenal and Manure games. But still not conviced witg e aerial threat.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 12, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #11

    Shouldn’t we hold out on the praise for now…

  • bladeuser

    Sep 12, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #12

    Let’s see what wally brain says about colo 12 games in when we r in the bottom three our defence is not strong enough and the strike force is weaker

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 12, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #13

    bladeuser -Relax I’m here.
    Catch ya on the flipside.

  • toon kk

    Sep 12, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #14

    Will die
    S mc has definitely tightened our leaky defence up, but in away that has every player defending.
    But forgive me if I’m wrong you have to score to win games, we’re lucky if we can hang on to the ball never mind have a shot on target.
    Biggest problem–we’re far too slow.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 12, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #15

    Collocini sums up what has been wrong with this whole sad Mike Ashley business and should have been shipped out to signal the start of this new era, surely there cannot be another PL defender with so many goals against to his name !

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 12, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #16

    You probably can’t google that type of information so can anyone think of another PL defender who has shipped so many goals !

  • geordiesteve520

    Sep 12, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #17

    Scott Dann was relegated 2 or 3 years in a row and then went into another relegation battle – he’s got to be up there.


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