Fabricio Coloccini has a difficult first season at Newcastle after joining the club from Deportivo in August, 2008 for around £10.3M.
The club went into chaos when Kevin Keegan left the club in September, 2008, the fans protested against owner Mike Ashley, the club had four managers that season ending up with Alan Shearer – and we were relegated from the Premier League for the very first time when we lost at Aston Villa 1-0 in our final game.
Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini
Coloccini, as one might expect, is being positive and he was asked whether this was different to that first relegation season:
“No, completely different,” “We have quality in our squad. We need more experience, and the new players need time to settle in. But the mood is different.”
“In that season we started better, then had bad times in the middle of the season. Four managers. This time we have enough time to turn this around. We’ll finish strongly.”
“To go down was very, very hard. But it helped the club to start again. We rebuilt everything.” “But this time we can’t afford to go down. This club has to be in the Premier League.”
“It is difficult when you come from other leagues and there is none harder than this one. They take time to adjust, and to give their best form.”
“But it is the policy the club has and we respect that. But of course we need more experience in the Premier League, results show that.”
“Sometimes it is very difficult, because many do not speak English,” “I am not perfect, but I can understand and express myself. So sometimes it’s difficult.”
“I try to be with the players. If they need something on the pitch, or in life outside football, I try to be close to them to get what they need and help.”
“We have to be close on the field. I try to give confidence. Here in the changing room, I say, ‘Are you OK? Wife? Kids?’ It is a nice group. We just need little things to improve.”
“Everyone knows we are not in the best moment. There is a lot of criticism. But I am not worried. We had a lot of difficult big games – Man United, Man City, Chelsea – but I am really trusting this squad.”
Coloccini is under a lot of pressure at Newcastle but he´s been under pressure before and he seems to be able to handle it.
If Newcastle are going to start picking up some wins and moving off the bottom of the table we need to have the captain get to playing near his best form.
Colo´s had some good games this season with his display at Manchester United being simply excellent but he´s been inconsistent.
That´s what Newcastle have been as a team – inconsistent – so we hope the lads can pout in an excellent performance on Sunday and get our first league win of this season.