A Frustrated Coloccini Issues Rallying Cry To Players


We will hear a lot more from Fab Coloccini then we have done since he was made captain by Alan Pardew in the summer of 2011, after Kevin Nolan left for West Ham.

And the captain pulls no punches today in an interview in which he says Monday night’s performance just wasn’t good enough, and Newcastle have to cut out the mistakes and start putting some wins up on the board.

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Good action shot of Fab Coloccini at Upton Park

This is what Fabricio has said in the Chronicle today:

“We now have three home games and we can’t accept what happened at West Ham.”  “We must try to get points and wins in the next few games.”

“We see games against West Ham and Watford as teams in ‘our league’ who we should be taking points from, so it’s disappointing.”  “We must try to avoid the same mistakes going forward.”

“For us, we can’t afford to have our heads down so we must look forward and get some points.” “We didn’t do what we’ve been doing in the first four games in the Premier League.”

“I’m frustrated about that.” “We want to try to do the same things as we did in the first four games.”

“We don’t want to go back to what was happening last season and we have to adjust this quickly,  and make sure it doesn’t happen again on Saturday against Watford.”

“Last season we made mistakes without the ball and it’s something we need to stop.” “We need to eliminate the mistakes and learn from it.”

Those are good words from the captain.

Certainly the fans are worried after the poor performance against West Ham, and hope we are not going to have a fourth poor season in a row, after we did so well to finish 5th in 2012.

Newcastle have three successive games at home against Watford, Sheffield Wednesday (League Cup third round) and then Chelsea.

We have a chance to win all three – and remember we have beaten Chelsea for the last three seasons in this fixture, and Jose Mourinho has never won at St. James’ Park.

A win is what we need against Watford on Saturday, to get us off to a good start.

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185 comments so far

  • Whumpie

    Sep 16, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #1

    For a start, those are not all “good words” from a captain. “We see games against West Ham and Watford as teams in ‘our league’ who we should be taking points from” is a clear statement of the club’s mid-table mind-set, which obviously remains. If I was Gini or Thauvan reading that I’d have trouble reconciling it with the promises of greatness during transfer negotiations.

    That said, I think Monday will prove the nadir; the turning point. We’ve seen it many times before, when new players arrive and nothing gels properly until a performance of such utter crapness kicks everyone into shape.

    Perhaps that’s just blind optimism.

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 16, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #2

    colo should do more talking on the pitch during the game instead of waiting till we are beat then making his mouth go…captain?…captain quiet more like!

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 16, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #3

    hardly inspiring is it!.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 16, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #4

    I predict a grinding draw.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 16, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #5

    This rallying cry has only managed to make me cry.

    Perhaps it’s best that our captain isn’t that vocal on the pitch. Perhaps it’s even worthwhile not leading by example.

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #6

    tsunki
    im hoping for a win more then expecting it tbh….a draw is the minimum we need… coz the games comin up i cant see many points…probs just after mondays result evrything looks a little worse tbh

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #7

    ibiza
    he’s got to lose it with a few players on the pitch now and again for me…but then again a leader should command respect maybe he doe’snt feel he’s a leader coz of his lack of commanding performances

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  • Whumpie

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #8

    A lot of pundits are saying some starting 11 changes are needed, and I agree. Perez (for Cisse), Siem (for Sissoko), Aarons (for Thauvin… but is that mad?), Tiote (for Anita)… possibly Taylor if he’s fit for a change. All of these could inject a bit of fire on the basis of “showing how it’s done”.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #9

    Springy…Indeed he does. I was being sarcastic.

    I cannot see why he remains our captain. You read reports that the team respect him and are behind him, etc, etc, but on the pitch? It doesn’t seem that way.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #10

    Whumpie…I believe Taylor is out again (shocked?).

    Tiote has a huge question mark from me. Hasn’t seemed the same player in quite a while.

    Have no issue with Perez and De Jong. Aarons over Thauvin? Could go either way.

    Bottom line is something different needs to be done.

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  • toon kk

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #11

    Where’s our grit and determination? We’re too slow and can’t catch them.

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  • anthc

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #12

    Anita and cisse out for me. Give de Jong a blast and definately perez for cisse. Thought perez was our best player when he came on.

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  • Whumpie

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #13

    I don’t think we should be panicking based on one awful away performance. We should be bloody angry at whoever did the logistics on Monday… what are we, Sunday league? Since when did prem teams leave so little time to get to a match?
    I do think our best players are yet to gel, and that we have an awful lot of quality to pick from, unlike last season. If we’re crap against Watford, though, I’ll worry.

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  • BandB

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #14

    “We see games against West Ham and Watford as teams in ‘our league’

    Exactly what Pardew meant when he described finishing fifth as “getting a bit ahead of ourselves.”

    How can we be serious about finishing eighth AND winning a cup if we see “happy to survive” teams like newly-promoted Watford as in “our league?”

    The cat is out of the bag, though it was never in it. Watford, Sunderland, Noocarstle…the Ashley/Pardew/Colo point of view….with Macca as the continuity candidate.

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  • toon kk

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #15

    Its ridiculous needing pace and leaving Aarons out and being short of quality and having Perez on the bench

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  • Shot Bru

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #16

    Ibizatoon

    You’re right about Coloccini, he isnt respected by the players or the fans for that matter.

    A captain needs to motivate, have a sound work ethic and a desire to win at all costs…Coloccini possesses none of these qualities.

    This is why the team has been so inconsistent for ages. There is no one on the pitch to make players accountable for their performances when the chips are down… In other words they give up too easily…a bit like Coloccini when things don’t go his way…

    In my view it doesn’t bother him if we win or lose..Colo is a good loser like a few other players in the team, which can’t be good for getting positive results on the pitch.

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  • BandB

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #17

    If we were serious about finishing eighth, Southampton, Everton and Swansea are the teams “in our league.”
    But we have already been told we can’t compete with them.
    Aspiring to maybe get something against Watford is not a ticket to the top.

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  • Toon Tang

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #18

    Colo has never ever spoken so I don’t know how hes managed a rallying cry, unless it was just a whimpering sort of cry and everyone knew what he meant or he wrote it down like that letter from last season.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #19

    BandB…Any escaping cats shall be shot. On the spot.

    Shot Bru…”a good loser” – Wow, you’re not wrong. Sobering thought really.

    We need winnners and leaders in the mix. Many people have been saying it for a while. Where the hell are they?

    Not that I want people within the camp causing problems, but is there anyone, anywhere, who questions anything within the club? Or does it all just roll along with people saying they’ll try harder next time?

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #20

    Toon Tang…He gets the message across with his eyes.

    BandB…It’s funny – I thought all 20 teams were in the same league?

    It’s a good job Mike’s plan for success has just had a restart or there might be cause to say it’s been one big screw up.

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #21

    West Ham and Watfiod are in ‘our league’ but Swansea and Southampton are out of it ?

    With expectations like these no wonder we’re 20th

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  • toon kk

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #22

    Whumpie
    The team certainly wasn’t panicking, tbh we hadn’t a cat in hells chance against W Ham and we won’t against any team that has real pace, we just can’t keep up or have the energy in the squad for end to end football.

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  • BandB

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #23

    Ibiza,

    More than anything else this mindset, which comes from the very top, is responsible for why we will set up against Watford on Saturday as if they were Man City.
    No new players, coaching staff, manager, formation, will ever thrive while the captain is stating this kind of defeatist tripe as the club ethos.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #24

    Lol with expectations and mentality that Watford and West ham are in our league, we’ll struggle to climb out of 20th.

    We as well just stay rock bottom with that mindset. Shame on you colo. Just look at Leicester and crystal palace who went up against the big 4 with guns blazing and not have 11 men behind ball.

    Shame on Newcastle.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #25

    But BandB, did Colo not see ‘the interview’ that changed the world?

    I’ve been questioning the mindset of our coach and players for a good few games now. I have found McClaren to be pretty defensive so far, even before the sending offs. The whole thing comes across as really negative. I thought this was a fresh start of positivity? It does appear to be a continuation at this stage.

    Still, a win against Man City, I mean Watford, could change everything! If it’s a loss? No biggy, there’s always the next game. There are 38 in a season after all.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #26

    @ibiza

    I agree with you. It’s shameful how we line up against the big team with all men behind ball. When the likes of palace and Leicester can actually give the big teams a good game. It’s been ages since I can remember us giving the big team a proper game.

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  • BandB

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #27

    No one can say that in Colo we don’t have a skipper who’s on board with the club’s vision.

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  • Sliema

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #28

    They’re all raving about how good we were in the first 4 games… are they having a laugh?! Alright we were pretty dire against West ham but even worse v Swansea and across all 4 we have barely created anything… If that is what we are aspiring to rekindle, the incredible performances of the first 4 games…

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  • toon kk

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #29

    Ilovetoon
    it all boils doon to most of our players being not suited to the premier league, we have SOME good players but they’re used to more time on the ball but don’t get it in England.

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  • TudorCrisps

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #30

    Watford

    Krul
    Janmaat memba colo Haidara

    Sissoko gini

    Thauv de jong aarons

    Perez

    Simple

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  • toon kk

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #31

    We were so predictable with P45, carver and now S mc probably because it’s all we’re capable of doing.

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #32

    Has the club given up sending emails to supporters?

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  • jayphoto

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #33

    Watford are a better outfit than i’d expected.
    Think gini moving back into midfield would add dynamism. De jong when he came on seem to try and link midfield to attack. His passes didn’t come off but he gave us more attacking intent.
    Thought sissoko looked ok at #4 in midfield. Played there his whole career in france too….
    Thauvin on the wing with either Aarons or Obertan on the other.
    Cisse offered not even a feint of enthusiasm on monday. Hes offered too little for too long now

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  • TudorCrisps

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #34

    Jay photo so ud agree with my line up in earlier post?

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  • Whumpie

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #35

    A few pundits have nailed it by pointing out that if you keep gambling on unproven, foreign players, eventually you’ll have a pitch full of them. That’s what we have; no players with a decent premier league pedigree.

    A captain who realises that the name “Premier LEAGUE” has a clue in the name as to who you should be expecting to compete against.

    Utter muppetry. Ed – how did you miss that??

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #36

    I was just looking for the quote from Charnley after Pardew left, as I remember it giving a good indication about the mindset of the man supposedly running the club and calling the shots. I’ve decided to post the whole section titled “Why is it taking time to make a decision?” (No, the answer isn’t that he doesn’t have a clue…)

    Some people won’t believe this but the approach for Alan from Crystal Palace came as a surprise to us. We didn’t expect it. People have asked us whether – because of the way the second part of last season went and the way we started this season – we had a contingency plan in the background. We didn’t. I didn’t have a number of candidates/options in the background, which some clubs do have when a Manager has a difficult period. There was no deal already in place for someone we could bring in. His leaving at this time was unexpected.

    During the difficult periods our focus was on supporting Alan. I hope people are starting to realise now that when we feel we have the right person in that position, indeed any position, our focus is on supporting them in order that together we can ride through the rough periods that, inevitably, come. Everything is not always going to be great or perfect but we think that as an organisation, one of our strengths is how we react and the support we give people when things aren’t going particularly well. The majority of which is private and behind the scenes which in my opinion is the way it should be.

    People may well say that the position we now find ourselves in isn’t ideal and I accept that to a point, but as I have stated Alan’s departure came as a surprise. I must stress and repeat that we parted with Alan on very good terms and I would re-iterate the quote I issued at the time of his departure in that we moved on significantly as a club during his four years, on and off the field, and Alan played a big part in that and I thank him.

    “one of our strengths is how we react” – Laughable

    “we moved on significantly as a club during his four years, on and off the field, and Alan played a big part in that and I thank him.”

    I’ll tie in one other quote, which is a lot more recent.

    “We ask that you trust us in this process.

    “We want our club to progress and be the best it can possibly be.”

    Trust the man who thinks we progressed under Pardew? When he left, weren’t we pretty much where we were when he arrived?

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  • toon kk

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #37

    Cisse’s only strengths are when the ball drop right at his feet in front of goal, but as a team member pushing forward he’s pretty much useless.

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #38

    Sutty – Can you please stop quoting me and totally misrepresenting what I actually said.- that just doesn’t happen on here! Get in line.
    You clearly didn’t understand when I spoke of a root and branch study which means from the whole academy operation right through to the Premier League team and encompassing coaching, training, scouting and transfer activity going forward.
    The review is going to take time and the implementation of any change a good deal longer; before you will see anything of significance.

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  • BandB

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #39

    They don’t make contingency plans for bad times, because bad times are inevitable.
    Sound logic.

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  • Reyantoon

    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #40

    Sliema….then why are you blaming Pardew 🙂

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