It looks like it’s almost certain that Fabricio Coloccini has already played his last game for Newcastle – that 5-1 disgrace at Chelsea on February 13th – when the squad was then whisked away for a one week holiday in the south of Spain with promises from the head coach that everything would be OK when they returned.
They weren’t and we lost 1-0 at Stoke, after going all out for a 0-0 draw from the very first whistle – and then we lost 3-1 at home to Bournemouth.
Owner Mike Ashley had had enough and told Lee Charnley – who was said to be dithering again – to go out and get Rafa Benitez to Newcastle.
Fabricio Coloccini – will definitely leave this summer
Fabricio did the very difficult thing of injuring himself in the warm-down after the 2-1 win against Lillestrom on February 20th, but the initial diagnosis was that he could make the Stoke game.
In truth he didn’t play again all season, which puts a question mark against the medical department about their initial prognosis – but he did injure the calf again once Rafa had arrived at the club.
Fabricio was foolishly given a one year extension by Steve McClaren last summer.
But it’s a good time for the now 34 year-old to leave the club with Rafa Benitez building a new side and likely to bring in at least one new center-back this summer.
We have been linked with 24 year-old Steven Caulker of QPR, although he has also been approached by some middle of the table clubs in the Premier League like West Brom.
Maybe he’ll prefer to go to one of those clubs this summer?
But it’s almost certain that Newcastle will allow Fabricio to leave and join San Lorenzo if only to get his £65K/week wages off the wage bill.
Colo conveniently announced a couple of days ago in Argentina that it was his desire to join San Lorenzo, to be with his children who now reside in Buenos Aries.
Colo had some good seasons at Newcastle and was twice our Player of the Season in both 2011-2012 and 2012-2013, but he’s been in poor form these last two seasons and past his best.
One thing Newcastle will be doing is reducing the wage bill, but that should be fairly easy when we unload fringe players like Gabby Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux, Manu Riviere and others like Colo.