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Captain Issues Apology To Newcastle Fans

10:35 pm, Sunday, February 14th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

Since Steve McClaren came to Newcastle the communication between fans and the club have improved somewhat, and before this season they had been poor ever since Mike Ashley arrived in the summer of 2007.

One thing we have seen this season is that captain Fab Coloccini, who has come in for withering criticism, is giving more interviews and talking to the media more often than in the past.

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Fabricio Coloccini in action on Saturday

The performance on Saturday at Stamford Bridge was appalling and was simply an embarrassment to the Newcastle United Football club.

But even after the debacle the Newcastle fans at the game still applauded their team at the end, which is probably an indication their patience is better than with some of the rest of us.

But they are the salt of the earth as far as Newcastle fans go – there’s no doubt about that.

Coloccini was asked what his message was to the fans and he had this to say in the Chronicle:

“They were fantastic. After the game we went to their corner and they were fantastic with us.” “We have to say sorry about what happened.”

“It’s sorry from the team and sorry from everybody who was involved in this game.” “I know that it is very difficult for fans to forget this game.”

“But we need to forget it because we don’t have many games to take points and wins.” “At the moment, we need to forget this game and try to improve for the next game.”

“It was very tough. It was totally negative, we lost the game in the first 10 minutes.” “We conceded two easy goals and at Stamford Bridge, it is very difficult to come back from.”

“To be fair, we didn’t do anything right. That’s why we got this result.” “I still think the same about staying up.. We need to adjust little things.”

“We can’t speak too much about it because the manager and the staff know what’s going on and what needs to be improved.”

“We have to listen to them and do our best to take points, and not look for excuses why we lost.”

Those are good words from Fabricio and we’d rather see him interfacing with the media than not.

Now the squad goes to southern Spain for about a week’s warm weather training and Steve McClaren and the coaches have to work out some organization in the defense, which looked all at sea in that first 20 minutes when we lost the game and were 3-0 down.

We have to be completely ready for our next game which is two weeks on Wednesday night at Stoke City, and in that game we must go all out for the win.

And all our players have to turn up.

Comments welcome.



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




11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 spitfire_ // Feb 14, 2016 at 10:39 PM

    I’m sick of hearing apologies! ENOUGH! I’m sick of some high paid millionaires with high egos to moan about anything and to take paychecks for do nothing. Enough is enough!

  • 2 Toon Tang // Feb 14, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    It talks…

  • 3 magscar // Feb 14, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Repost

    magscar // Feb 14, 2016 at 10:38 PM

    Lilongwe@81

    You are correct.

    Forster had been on loan and was still 3rd choice behind Krul and Harps. Perhaps having seen how few games Harps had played behind Given then Krul he could see the writing on the wall in terms of his own 1st team opportunities and wasn’t prepared to wait. As I recall matters he forced issue on basis of play me or sell me and there weren’t too many fans rallying to his cause at that time.

    There was a similar play me or sell me with Thompson in KK’s first spell and off he went to Bolton.

    Don’t think either party was wrong – players have to have ambition and clubs can’t give way to threats however well intended.

  • 4 jayphoto // Feb 14, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    In my opinion Krul was some way ahead of Forster when we sold him. The thing is Krul has gone backwards in last 2 seasons whereas Forster gets better and better.
    Remember alot of articles and interviews with coaches saying forster trained like a man possessed and had a stellar attitude and soaked up teaching like a sponge so no surprise hes been successful! Would love to see him back one day!

  • 5 jayphoto // Feb 14, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    See Carver was talking about Coloccini not being a leader and playing for himself. Think there’s something to that, some might say JC is bitter but the players badly let him down last year and their letting McClaren down this year.
    I guarantee players like sissoko wouldn’t turn in performances like yesterday if playing alongside a gary speed or alan shearer type captain

  • 6 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 14, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    Jayphoto

    Have we anyone in the squad who has the balls to lead the team? if there is i’d take the captaincy off Colo

  • 7 magscar // Feb 14, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    What else can he do as Captain, damned if he does….? but we all know and he surely does that in our situation yet again words are cheap.

    He had a poor game but with a less than match fit partner alongside, a rookie LB with a slow midfield in front against a Chelsea attack once again in full flow it was boys against men so to speak. I don’t lay all blame at his door sorry Toonbrother but that is too simple.

    Our collapses when we go behind predate McClaren anyone remember getting turned over at home by Portsmouth and Liverpool years ago or even 2-6 by Man U in SBR’s day. I can go back to standing on Leazes in 70’s when Alfie Conn scored 4 in 1st half for Spurs against us – finished 2 -5 I think.

    Times like this make me wonder what is in the DNA of our club. Apart from 1995-6 under KK it has been mostly downs ( and that season ended up being a cruel let down except I feared it would happen cause that’s what we do).

    There are still games we can win to keep us safe but we can’t rely on other clubs being worse after the weekend when Mackems and WBA both won. McClaren and players have to combine in this break to formulate a way for us to get away points and I suppose damn the performances!

  • 8 lesh // Feb 14, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    Chancel

    😀

    It’s interesting that Colo’s apologised for everyone involved in the game. I take it that includes the coaching staff?

  • 9 lesh // Feb 14, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    Jay

    It looks as though Charnley giving Colo his contract extension is another fine example of their inability to get to know what makes players tick and how their minds work.

  • 10 magscar // Feb 14, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    Jayphoto@5

    Just caught up on a recording of MOTD Extra with JC and thought he tried to answer a question honestly but didn’t intend to put Colo down. He was perhaps contrasting different styles of Captaincy?

    He isn’t my choice of Captain but I think we would all agree we are severely limited in the current choice and there in lies our problem on the pitch.

    I am not sure how Speed, Lee and Shearer would have dealt with present day younger and younger millionaires. They give stick to likes of Gillespie, Bellamy, Robert, Ginola and Dyer and we still had uneven performances and embarrassing press quotes from them even with SBR at the helm.

    How come we seem to have more than our fair share of bottlers over the years?

  • 11 Sav // Feb 15, 2016 at 2:01 AM

    The ones who weren’t bottlers were the likes of Barton, Perch and Nolan. Not necessarily the greatest footballers. No, we don’t want excuses but fielding that defence with a rusty CB and a LB who is a a rusty winger was asking for trouble, which is what we got. The fault is with recruitment and the Injuries Gremlin.




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