This Player Gets Plaudits From Rafa Benitez

The Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini has not played since the debacle at Chelsea on 13th February and the game last week at Southampton was far too similar to that one for our liking.

Fabricio had a reaction in training earlier in the week, which we take was some kind of relapse but it could be minor – so we´ll have to see when he is available – maybe next Saturday at Liverpool?

Colo initially injured himself in the warm-down after the 2-1 win against Lillestrom in La Manga during the short warm weather holiday and hasn´t played since then.

In the six games we have played we have gained a single point.

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Jonjo Shelvey – gets support from Benitez

Jonjo Shelvey has been the captain in Colo´s absence, but the former Swansea player has not been at his best  – like a lot of Newcastle players, but he has been backed yesterday by manager Rafa Benitez.

The manager was asked about the captaincy of Jonjo and this is what Rafa said:

“I think the team as a team has to improve, and him, as a captain, is training well, pushing, working very hard.”

“When I talk to him he is trying. He understands, he tries to help, but you cannot do too much if the team is not performing.”

“He is trying to give everything and support his team-mates.”

“When you leave the pitch, you have to be sure you have done everything.

“So no regrets about anything like ‘maybe, I could do this, or go on another run’. That is crucial.

“You can win, you can draw or you can lose, but don’t look back and think ‘I could have done something more’.”

Today’s opponents Swansea are safe on 40 points and their new manager Francesco Guidolin was appointed on 18th January and has taken 18 points from his 11 games in charge.

Newcastle have continued to plummet in what is turning out to be another nightmare season – even worse than last term – and the worst we have ever had in the Premier League.

Unless we can win against Swansea today it will be another nail in Newcastle´s coffin.

But we have been so mismanaged from the top for the last couple of years, since the woeful Lee Charnley took over as Managing Director, that we deserve to be relegated.

Those running the club have basically wrecked it with their ineptitude and foolish decision-making on multiple topics.

What happens to the club in the summer we have no idea, but it´s all extremely sad for Newcastle fans.

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We put out an article on 17 month-old Poppy-Mai on Friday and she has recently been diagnosed with a progressive malignant rhabdoid tumour, a rare and aggressive form of paediatric cancer.

To show their support two of our readers in New Zealand Sean Gordon and his sister Hayley have cut off their hair which will be donated to the Little Princess Trust in the UK.

They will then transform the hair into beautiful wigs for children who have lost their own hair to cancer and all funds raised will go to Poppy-Mai’s family to create Poppy’s Field.

Here is the Facebook page for more information and please see if you can give to this fundraiser here.