Coloccini Released – New Center-Back Announced Soon

Newcastle United confirmed today that the contract of Fabricio Coloccini has been terminated by mutual consent, allowing the player to return home to Argentina to join San Lorenzo and to be with his family – who are located there.

That has been on the cards for at least two weeks and the holdup was to allow Newcastle to bring in a new center-back before the club would agree to release Colo.

So if he is being released we assume Newcastle will shortly announce a new center-back – maybe Steven Caulker from QPR?

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Fabricio Coloccini – leaves Newcastle

Colo’s release will mean his £65K/week wages are off the wage bill and the club seems to be  handling the wage bill well from what we can tell.

There will be other players either sold or sent out on loan as the club further bring in new players and try to control as best they can the overall running costs at the club for the coming season.

Coloccini joined United from Deportivo La Coruna in August 2008 for around £10.3M when Kevin Keegan was manager, and he played 275 times with 7 goals and 2 assists for the Magpies and was the Newcastle captain from the summer of 2011.

This is what Managing Director Lee Charnley said about Colo:

“It is rare in football these days that a player gives such length of service to one club and I would like to thank Colo for his contribution to Newcastle United since he joined us before the start of the 2008/2009 season.”

“In the eight years he has been with us, Colo has become a firm friend and colleague to many players and staff,  past and present, who I know will miss him. We wish him all the very best for his future career.”

Colo has written a long farewell letter to the Newcastle fans after his eight years at the club.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far


    Jul 5, 2016 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #1

    no mention of a replacement ed,you maybe jumping the gun,hope im wrong though.

  • chubtree

    Jul 5, 2016 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #2

    Need 2 CB’s in at least. If we can get one in on loan and another bought that’ll be a good bit of business.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 6, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Time to move on, but those we have been linked with, including Caulker, Dunk, Hanley etc are far removed from the top 8 epl CB, we will be able to attract once back, and the quality of player we’ll need.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 6, 2016 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #4

    Kinda feel sorry for coloccini. He gave alot to this club, but none of that will be remembered. Ppl will talk about two relegation he had with us.
    How different things could have been if he was around in the keegan or Robson era.

  • ToonMatt

    Jul 6, 2016 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #5

    He’s been a good player and stayed with us when we went down the last time, Good luck to him.

  • G

    Jul 6, 2016 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #6

    I have nothing against him, but he’s past his prime, so its time for him to go. No room for sentiment in this game, but I wish him all the best at San Lorenzo. I should probably apologise for shouting ‘disgrace’ at him in Grey Street last year 2 when he was entertaining a young lady clearly not his wife.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 6, 2016 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #7

    From previous, I kinda expected Rafa to lay down the law to Gobalot and Dolittle. He’s bang on of course, they got us into this mess… It will take a big offer to shift him of this stance and then only if adequate replacements can be found in time. About time players faced up to their responsibilities to the club and fans.
    With Collo gone, don’t be surprised if he brings in somebody better than we expected. He had a wicked glint in his eye. 😉

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 6, 2016 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #8

    I do agree that Newcastle are within their rights to play it tough with Sissoko, Widjnaldum and Janmaat, seeing as they are under contract and since their inconsistencies contributed to our relegation, but only just, as there’s certainly another side to the coin, considering that these good players were surrounded by inadequacies all over the pitch and a manager who didn’t even believe in himself, much less have the capacity to lift a group desperately in need of self belief and purpose.

    Collocini, Mbemba, Dummett, Haidarra, Colback, Anita, Thauvin, Mitrovic, most if not all probably epl players, some potentially even very good, or at one time very good, but not on the same pitch at the same time, from the beginning of the season and managed by
    McClaren, and coming off such a deflating season the one before. That really was hopeless.

  • stingray

    Jul 6, 2016 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #9

    Lascelles and Mbemba are easily good enough. In fact surprised Lascelles hasn’t been snapped up yet a bigger club given the dearth of CB’s in the PL at the mo. So any new CB would be back up.


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