Fabricio Coloccini has come under criticism this season for his apparent lack of leadership and when the side crumbled under interim head coach John Carver earlier this year Colo also came under severe criticism as did most of the rest of the players.
He has been interviewed in the Mirror today and he talks about various things including leadership styles where he says who could go around the filed shouting away at players but that wouldn’t do much good – he tries to influence the players with his usually calm and efficient play at the back.
Fabricio Coloccini – Newcastle captain
Certainly the Newcastle players do seem to respect him and he’s been at Newcastle since the summer of 2008.
Here’s some of what he has said in the Mirror today:
“I have the opportunity to move, but I preferred to say here because the people in the street are kind with me. I feel part of this city and this club.” “People didn’t understand what happened when I wanted to go back to Argentina, in January 2013. My family moved to Argentina. My kids were there and it was a bit difficult.”
“It was the first moment I have been separated from them. Then you have to separate work from family. It was difficult because I want to be very close to my kids.” “I had a lot of love from the club and the city at this time. They said, ‘Colo stay’. That was a big part in my decision to look forward.”
“Then this summer I had a few opportunities to leave. I spoke to the club and said, ‘I have this opportunity, what do you want? I prefer to stay’.” “They say, ‘No, we want you to stay with us’. For me, that is part of the love that I take from the city.” “I enjoy Newcastle very much.”
”It is not a big city so there is no traffic, 10 minutes to go anywhere and you have everything here. You don’t need to go to a big city for anything.” “We have everything. We have a theater and it is very nice.” “I live in the present. Sometimes people say, ‘You are going to be a manager’. I say, ‘I don’t know,”
“I have a game on Sunday’. I live and enjoy the present. A career is short and I like to enjoy every day.” “To go down was very, very hard. But it helped the club to start again. We rebuilt everything.”
“Now is when we start our league. We need points. It doesn’t matter playing well or bad. We need a win. We need characters and confidence.”
We are hoping that Newcastle under the leadership of Colo can start to play well and show more guts on the pitch.
We’re in a bit of trouble at the moment, but it’s nothing that a couple of wins wouldn’t help correct rather quickly.
We are at home to Norwich City and Sunday and then play at the Stadium of Light the following Sunday with an early noon time kickoff.
With having lost the last five games to Sunderland we must be due a win.
That’s right isn’t it?