There’s news in all the local papers this morning that Alan Pardew was key to getting Fab Coloccini to stay at the club.
Alan Pardew – very good man manager
But it was obvious from Alan’s words about Colo and the fact he chose the Argentine to be the new captain of the club after Kevin Nolan left for West Ham two years ago.
And fans could see the enormous impact Coloccini has on the team when he returned for the last three games of the season and we got 4 points and conceded only two goals in those games at West Ham, QPR and at home to Arsenal.
This is what Coloccini has said:
“Alan has always been a great support to me. Whenever I have needed some advice he has always been around to help me.”
The news is that Pardew kept in communication with Colo after the end of the season, and kept talking to him about how important it was for him to stay at Newcastle – and it seems to have worked because on June 14th Colo announced he was staying at Newcastle.
“I’m not going to move to San Lorenzo now because Newcastle don’t want me to go. I have to respect that decision.”
“I’m a grateful person and Newcastle have given me the opportunity of playing in the Premier League, which is the elite of football – so I will stay at Newcastle.”
It’s great news that Colo is staying, and we dare say that Alan Pardew’s star has risen a bit with the fans, since Joe Kinnear was appointed, since Alan has handled the situation admirably and with some dignity.
Joe Kinnear has not.
And the main thing in Alan’s favor is that he kept quiet about things – and that’s something Joe Kinnear could learn from Mr. Pardew.
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