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Angry Captain Pulls No Punches Following Shocker

2:31 pm, Thursday, February 4th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 46 Comments

It was an angry Fabricio Coloccini who talked on the Newcastle web-site  immediately after last night’s disaster at Everton and the Argentine pulled no punches in his assessment of Newcastle’s display.

In truth it was a terrible display by Newcastle, after the fans had been impressed with the January transfer window, but last night Newcastle looked disjointed had no threat up front.

We also picked up injuries to Chancel Mbemba and Paul Dummett and Jamaal Lascelles managed to get himself sent off deep into injury time as he gave away a second penalty to Everton who easily won the game 3-0.

Put Jamaal’s actions down to inexperience.


Fabricio Coloccini – angry at the final whistle
We were asleep in the first half

This is what Coloccini had to say:

“We couldn’t keep the ball, we couldn’t create and we didn’t defend well. We did everything wrong.”

“It was very poor all over the pitch, apart from Robbie (Elliot), who kept us in the game. He is the only player who could hold his head high.”

“In the first half we were asleep, we didn’t start well and went behind. We were better in the second half but as we pushed very high, trying everything we could to look for an equalizer.”

“It meant they could always hit us on the counter-attack, and that happened with the two penalties.”

“We needed to strengthen the squad and they are very good players who will add quality to the team,” 

“However, it is important we help them. We cannot expect them to come in and do it all. We have to help them be a success here at Newcastle.”

It is very important that Steve McClaren and the players recover and be ready for the game at West Brom at home on Saturday.

A defeat would be another disaster, but a win would give us some hope and give a boost to everybody associated with Newcastle United.

But Steve McClaren has to do a lot better with the players he has available to him and another defeat would be considerable pressure on the manager.

We are hoping for a win and that would restore some confidence to the team – which is what they need.

Newcastle can still survive this season with 14 games to play, but with every defeat it becomes less likely.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Fabricio Coloccini · Interview · Newcastle News · Poll · Premier League · Press

46 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    betty…first and foremost if I was Ashley I would have done everything differently. So I am not going to try and be him.

    He had the option to have sacked McM before January, which he probably should have done. Now he’s backed him so I will assume he will stick with him. Probably the wisest anyway…BUT if things doesn’t start to pick up can he really afford not to act?

    As for Charnley. He has screwed up two very important windows now, where money was made available to spend. In my book Charnley should be out the door tomorrow.

    His job is over anyway. It would be an opportunity for Ashley to make another wrong right. He’s spending money now and he should be able to see he’s not getting his money’s worth.

  • 2 mattyNUFC // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:35 PM

    i really dont understand this blame-game on gini in away matches. is it his fault that EVERY away match the team is set up in some asinine formation?

    im not his biggest fan but i say enough is enough. pull out the stops to get mourinho in asap until the end of the season

    maccas comments last night were despicable….its not what we fans have come to expect? are you fcuking kidding me?? west ham was the only good match we’ve played all year. even the norwich match looked liked we were going to be trounced for the first 60 minutes

  • 3 mattyNUFC // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    funny our captain talking about success. has and always will be a loser, along with macca.

  • 4 WWSBRD // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    Christ Colo speaks this truly is the end days

  • 5 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    Anita can play left. He’ll have to be our main left back throughout the season. He started off as a left back for Ajax.

  • 6 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    Jesper, are you rounding on me because I pointed out the flaw in your argument that Ashley has little to do with the running of the club? That’s a little sensitive old boy. 🙂

    Directors run a company under the oversight of the Shareholders, and are charged by them to run the company in it’s best interests, hence the Shareholders AGM, where the report on directors performance is part of the Agenda. The major shareholders can do what they like to the board if they feel it is not performing properly. Mike is THE shateholder. Discuss.

  • 7 bettyswallocks // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    Jesper…… I agree with most of that ,but we should remember we can’t change the past only avoid making similar mistakes in the future.

  • 8 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    Shateholder? Close. 🙂

  • 9 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    If you want a new owner, why not try positively to find one?

    You seem to want us to shit in our cell and cake the walls in the hope that the smell is too much for Ashley, who is perfectly able to adjust his distance to suit.

  • 10 mattyNUFC // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    call me crazy, but am i the only person who thinks janmaat’s and townsend’s roles need reversing? Janmaat can’t defend for the life of him and is pretty bereft of pace. townsend on the other hand seems the exact opposite

  • 11 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    Tsunki…I posted a sincere question directed at the point you have been making lately…I just tried to reach out to you and have an open dialogue…seeing as I see it differently.

    Not everything has to have en angle…or come from malice. Thought you knew better?

  • 12 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    betty…and in there lies the whole point and reasoning doesn’t it 🙂

    …making sure this doesn’t happen again should we get a new owner. Making sure we stand united and pull together. That we voice our opinion and demand accountability.

    Isn’t that why we are doing this? Or is it just a “Ashley out” cry and then nothing! Then we are done…???

  • 13 bettyswallocks // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    Tsunki……. Fair comment but this is a timing issue. These issues need to be addressed in the summer not during a crucial relegation battle.

    The board and Ashley have acted at last to try and keep us up and in my opinion to try and improve things longer term. McC is now holding the reins regarding team affairs and if the boards efforts weren’t sufficient to avoid relegation then the inquest should be held in the summer , not now.

  • 14 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    Anyway, pitchside…

    I felt sorry for Townsend, virtually holding the left wing single handed and woefully under par to boot. Shelvey I have no idea where he thought he was, the wayward kicks and touches were laughable. Sissoko cannot pass to feet, why he thinks passing to a runner means hitting his heels I have no idea. Colo virtually alone in defense when mbemba went off, another scapegoat performance though admittedly he was terrified of Barkley. Aarons, too stupid and humiliated by Lennon all night. Wijnaldum stayed in the changing room. Perez far too lightweight and too cowardly to get his leg outstretched for a 50/50 ball in the box. Mitrovic will not be any good for us. Too slow, bad reactions, no instinct. Where his hype started I don’t know. Janmaat tries hard but again like many nufc right backs neither fish nor fowl. Lascelles not ready, bad decisions under pressure.

    Elliot man of the match but his kicking is dire.

  • 15 mad-serb // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    Williamson is Bramble in disguise….

    so we basicly agreeing on something like this.


    ___________ Tiote/saviet______________




    I would actually like Collo in the DM position. he does not have the pace to be a CB anymore but he definiatly is decent on the ball. better passing range than Tiote and Saviet. think he could do a job for us there. and play Drummet along side Mbemba when all are availible.

    Sissoko actually look decent in the middle for about 10 minute towards the end. Other options how about playing sissiko as CF in that formation. he can hold a ball up better than perez and play him down the right wing. Doumbia off the bench till his match fit.

  • 16 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Jesper where’s the malice? I don’t understand you.

  • 17 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    Betty, will it be too early if in mid-march we are nine or more points adrift of Sunderland?

  • 18 bettyswallocks // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    Blackley at 9 ……. Good post.

  • 19 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    I just typed out that name. Never did that before. Shame on me. Sorry everyone. 🙁

  • 20 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:51 PM

    Tsunki..where’s the openness and dialogue. What was that pile of crap you just send my way?

  • 21 magscar // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    Repost last thread

    Don’t disagree with your point but depends which is the position more in need of buttressing LB or CM – could depend on the game? although I do prefer continuity as far as possible

  • 22 mattyNUFC // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    mad serb

    your name is fitting if you’d have dummet at centre half.

    guys, i get it, he filled in once there and wasn’t as woeful as he is 75% of the time at LB. that by no means qualifies him as even a decent CB.

    the decision to bring on lascelles last night instead of saylor was laughable. we get a game or two out of him every season before he injures himself in training. that might’ve been our last chance…..

  • 23 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    Blackley @ 9 not do good a post. Can you list the myriad supporter bases who have run out and found a buyer for their club, and succeeded in asking the incumbent to please move on.

    Can we also have the definitive answer on how you prove that we cannot be owned by anyone else, and that if we did it would be disastrous?

    Please point out how you think Carr, Charnley etc can be effectively replaced using Ashleys recruitment record.

  • 24 magscar // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    REPOST from last thread

    magscar // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:48 PM


    read Tsunki’s posts with the repetitive ha ha’s after each point – if he didn’t post regular I would have thought it was a mackem!

    For my part the defeat was to be expected but to repeat my earlier comments NOT the manner of it and McClaren’s setting up and subs. I see this as not just a defeat but part of a pattern that I ( and no doubt others) have been seeing for a while which I had hoped Jan might have helped turn round.

    Yes only 1 game but more of the same on the pitch and in the press box and absolutely no sign that McClaren knows how to arrest the position we are in. OK may not be his fault overall but arguably he has been given a better set of players then any manager in Ashley’s reign and can’t fashion them into a consistent side.

    If the task really is too big for him then we are risking there being 3 worst sides than us to stay up.Of course the problem as ever is if he goes who comes in? There is always Shearer 🙂

    A ray of sunshine is that on my way home listing to Talk ( Crap) Sport the boffins with their algorithms have pronounced the 3 down are Villa Mackems and Bournemouth. Was my feeling ( with Norwich in mix) a little while ago but my confidence is draining fast after Watford and Everton showing no progress on the away front to give any comfort.

    I would prefer to stick with a manager at this stage but I really fear that it is now more than a tweak required and it is beyond McClaren’s average ability. Are the players understanding the shape and tactics or simply not listening to him?

  • 25 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:55 PM

    Whoa Jesper hold your horses! 🙂 what pile of crap? Be specific. I post lots of piles of crap in all directions you’ve got to narrow it down a bit!


  • 26 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:58 PM

    Tsunki…I have to pick up the kids. It should give you time to think about it. I’ll catch you later then.

  • 27 bettyswallocks // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:58 PM

    Tsunki……… So are you suggesting that we act now to try and oust Ashley?
    Do you seriously think we have enough time to rally the troops and cause Ashley sufficient grief in order for him to sell up and leave before the end of the season and that this will help avoid us being relegated, which is my main concern and that of most fans of our club.

    If your hatred of Ashley is so all consuming and that his selling up takes priority over us retaining PL status then I can’t buy into that and would have to suggest that your agenda is very, very selfish considering what relegation could do to our club.

  • 28 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:59 PM

    Well I didn’t read that bit from Blackley but thanks Magscar it’s nice to be refreshed on Blackleys derision performance. Mr Victor E. Jig celebrating another ethereal victory by calling me a mackem. I think this must be some time after saying I’m trying to assassinate his character. Can’t kill what’s already dead though.

  • 29 spitfire_ // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:59 PM

    Beware, our captain is angry. Just don’t laugh too much.

  • 30 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 4, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    Mad Serb yeah similar be worth a try, probably go with yours for home games, prefer 2 DMS away or against top teams though just cause our defence is frail, also agree with Colo in dm… Would try something like..


    Gives options to rotate in midfield if anyone’s not performing maybe move sissoko’s back and put shelvey/colback in… Just think our midfield needs beefing up sit tight at the back and hit teams fast, the problem is not having anyone with that killer pass, maybe try Anita in a more advanced role? and like I said maybe even try mitrovik as a wide forward to provide an outlet for the defence, bring the ball down and release it on the break just like ba did when we finished 5th… No point playing the lad cf if he keeps missing sitters!

  • 31 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Betty no I’m not saying pitchforks now mate no. There’s a lot of excitement going on here. I’m saying that at some point pressure on Ashley has to be considered because the track record of this club is continuing. I’m not one for doing the dirty in our own nest as Blackley has accused me of, not at all. I was in favour of the boycotts, but I rallied in here to support the lads last day of the season, and I broke my fast since giving up my st by being at the match that day, glad I did too. So I’m not some anarchist fanatic.

    But we’ve got to wake up to the fact that at some point, if we don’t want to see the future of this club as being relegation fighters and national jokes with a shoddy company and shady sponsors, we might have to do something more decisive than turning up at the ground, buying shirts and eating his awful pies. Outsourced awful pies.

  • 32 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    Jesper you lost me there mate.

  • 33 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 4, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    Maybe something like



  • 34 jimiley // Feb 4, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    WE need to be patient with McClaren and give him time to sort things out. I am sure he will keep us in the league. Lets judge him in May.

  • 35 mad-serb // Feb 4, 2016 at 3:09 PM


    Its looking at the options availible. Not saying his a world best CB but he cannot play LB and what other options are there. He is part of the reason we have an unbalanced team. Janmaat is pushing forward and Drummet is lying behind the CBs at the same time.

    Collo showed again the legs is gone. he does not have the pace anymore to play at CB. Taylor cannot play 14 games, lacelles is still learning and not ready for this level. Which leaves us with mbemba and drummet as the best defesive options availible till the end of the season.

  • 36 magscar // Feb 4, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    Tsunki last thread somewhere

    the rehearsing of old opinions on Ashley which are nowhere near as black and white as some will insist on making it are redundant in the position we are in now.

    Does Ashley ( or his co) own NUFC – YES

    Has he made made mistakes which have largely lead us here — YES

    Is he going to resign- NO

    is he going to sack Charnley Carr Bishop and Uncle Tom Cobley – NO

    Is he going to tell Charnley to find aplan B for a McClaren replacement if results continue – Ah! Now you’re talking – is loyalty worth loss of millions? I don’t know but it is the only option that can affect our current circumstances and as such will be considered

  • 37 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    Another thing Betty – pressure in Ashley might not initially get him to sell up, but it might convince him that getting a top Manager and a football-savvy director in would be a way to appease the fans, lift the club and stop this rot.

  • 38 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 4, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Magscar @24
    I haven’t a clue what Makro was trying to do. I was told by many on this blog that I was wrong, that Mitro and Perez are class and they’d get the goals. I didn’t buy it then and I don’t buy it now. However, the pair of them together are the best we have (Dounbia aside – can’t comment on him as I’ve not seen him). Folly not to play them last night IMO.

  • 39 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 4, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    I think a large part of our midfield problem is shelvey, colback, Anita, sissoko and it looks like saivet too are all the same kind of box to box player with no real position or purpose… They aren’t out and out DMS who are going to recycle possesion for you, and at the same time none of them have got a real eye for a pass or can make that killer ball to unlock a defence, they’re all that 3rd man in a midfield 3 that does the bit in between… At the same time our wingers arnt capable or beating a man or making a good cross into the box, and they’re not upto playing the wide forward role other than wiji Aaron’s or Perez, we have a lack of identity within the playing squad that is making things difficult…

  • 40 bettyswallocks // Feb 4, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    Tsunki……. I have said many times now that Ashley’s running of our club during his tenure has caused much misery and suffering amongst fans.
    It does however appear that for whatever reason his approach seems to have softened and the rigid transfer policy and lack of spending is changing for the better.
    If he continues to allow the clubs money to be spent at every transfer window then that gives us a reasonable chance to put together a competetive team . Obviously this also depends on who chooses the players but as I said there appears to be more compromise on this.

    If a mega rich buyer who wanted to throw money at the club for prestige and power reasons came along and wanted to buy some success , then I would be all for it as we have been starved of it for so long. Being realistic though this is not likely to happen and we could just as easily be bought by someone who has sniffed the tv money and wants some of it.
    Whatever people may think Of him Ashley doesn’t need the clubs money to enhance his lifestyle so even though he gets free advertising ,if and its a big if, he continues to allow the club to spend the proceeds we might be better off with the devil we know.

  • 41 mad-serb // Feb 4, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    Williamson is Bramble in disguise

    Agree with you on most you said. And the Wide foward is an option as well. Just want them to see there mistakes because its so obvious to us.

    McNugget needs to take a chance. I would have said play the last 14 with 10 behind the ball and try and nick it on the break. if that means we on average get 14 points which should get us safe but the diabotical defending of late i dont think we can even do that to be honest.

    What i would like to see is a plan A, a plan B, and even plan C. The problem in saw in the last 2 games was there was some sort of plan A, all be it the wrong plan however after 5 minutes you could see that plan A was not working. so you decide to leave it for 60 minutes before you chance for the sake of changing. Gini was not in the Game for 60 minutes so take hime of then. think he needs a rest in anycase. but then we take our one misfilder that actually did play decently of. That does not make sense.

    he has 1 plan and takes no consideration for what the opposition is doing and stick to plan a no matter what.

    Thats the problem. we are so predictable. And i would love to be a fly on the wall in that class room cernario to know what they talk about

  • 42 chinleymag // Feb 4, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    So so tired of excuses and apologies for lifeless performances. None of them have any pride in the club or shirt. Any one can say it on line but it is actually doing it on the pitch. Sissosko has only performed when he feels like it under our last three managers . To me he is a bad influence.
    First team I watched had the likes of Penman Craig Clark McGarry et al not very good but they always put a shift in.I live in the deep south now and Im bringing my 9y old grandson up for the Bournemouth game. Probably put him off for life.Im sure if one of Ashleys other income streams were performing as woefully as NUFC are he would be sacking the incompetents in chargeThe chairman ,manager chief scout are out of there depyh and need to be moved on

  • 43 posada // Feb 4, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    Wini cannot play anywhere apart from support striker.
    That is obvious.
    Seeing these formations on here make the problem clear. We have a load of misfits that don’t fit into any particular position.
    You should pick a style of play and recruit the players to make it work.
    We have a silly old bugger who has been bringing players in at random for some years now.

  • 44 dannitoon // Feb 4, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    He actually had a good game. . Midfield was nowhere to be seen

  • 45 ITUNDERASHELL // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    Is Steve still our manager? Why is Sissoko still playing for us? What a complete shambles last night,

  • 46 Gforbes73 // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Again another m.o.t.m performance from Robbie Elliot one player actually playing for the shirt …certainly no motivation from the management, coaches,or indeed the ten outfield players played in formations/positions that obviously don’t work week after week,if motivation is the problem then start by looking at the MAN in goal

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