It´s apparent that Fabricio Coloccini the Newcastle captain has been asked to be more vocal with the fans this season by head coach Steve McClaren, and Steve has admitted that he is trying to get Fabricio to take more responsibility.
Yesterday Fabricio sent out another email to fans and certainly one thing McClaren is trying to fix at Newcastle is the lack of communications from the club to the fans, and he has shown some success in doing that.
Head coach and captain at Newcastle United
Steve is the mouthpiece of the club and with those at the top like owner Mike Ashley and Managing Director Lee Charnley shying away from speaking publicly – that´s a big job the Newcastle head coach has.
Although fans did get a rare interview from Mike Ashley an hour or so before our final crucial game of last season against West Ham – and Mike came across surprisingly well and positively – given his past at Newcastle.
We have still never heard Lee Charnley speak.
Steve McClaren has talked today in the local press about what he’s trying to get Colo to do:
“I think Fabricio was terrific against Manchester United during the 0-0 draw at Old Trafford back in August.”
“Leadership’s a collective thing and maybe, sometimes, Fabricio tries to plug the gaps of everybody.” “Sometimes, he tries to look after everybody instead of looking after his own game, and that can expose him.”
“When Colo’s at his best, he concentrates on his job and I think that was the case on Saturday.” “He did that excellently, and it was a good job we had him.”
“He leads by example. We’ve talked to him a lot about the responsibility and the role that he has within the team.” “Once he came back in the summer and committed to us and bought in – he’s been terrific.”
“I think he’s becoming more vocal, and that’s something we’re encouraging. If we keep on this way, then we’ll be OK.” “He has to lead by example to gain that respect.”
“He knows and we tell him – as captain – you have to make sure that you do your job first, and make sure you do it well.”
“On Saturday, when we needed him, he was really top drawer.” “I think he’s becoming more vocal, and that’s something we’re encouraging. If we keep on this way, then we’ll be okay.”
“He has to lead by example to gain that respect.” “He knows and we tell him – as captain – you have to make sure that you do your job first, and make sure you do it well.”
Coloccini is starting to put some solid performances in for the team, and certainly he made some great blocks in the game last Saturday at Bournemouth and but for Rob Elliot and Colo – we would have easily lost that game.
Instead, we got a crucial 3 points and our second win in four games and those two wins make up 40% of our total league wins this year!
But the captain also needs to be more consistent and that´s an interesting insight from McClaren that Colo sometimes tries to do too much at the back – and that´s when he gets into trouble.
Colo has played very well since the disaster at Manchester City, when he was widely criticized as Newcastle fell apart in the second half.
We are hoping Newcastle have turned a corner and better things are ahead for the team.