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Coloccini Staying At Newcastle

Fab Coloccini’s family is resident in Buenos Aries, so with Colo missing the next three games which takes us to the Liverpool game on 13th April, there had been some conjecture that the captain might jet off to be with his family during his suspension.

fab coloccini sent off at everton

Coloccini sent off at Everton

But John Carver has said that will not happen, as he had this to say to reporters yesterday about Colo’s situation:

“I was disappointed with Papiss Cisse, but I do have some sympathy with Colo. I’m still not convinced it was a straight red card.”

“He’s never asked to go back and he’s staying here, and he is going to get involved around the place.”

“We’ve got a lot of young lads in the dressing room at the moment and I want him to be part of it, because he needs to contribute.”

As captain of the club it’s only right that Fabricio gives moral support to the team while he’s out, and he can get involved with training.

Colo could even do some scouting on future opponents, much like Ryan Taylor got involved  during his two years out with his two serious ACL knee injuries.

Colo let the side down last weekend when he was sent off, and that has left us with one senior center-back at the club – Mike Williamson.

We only need a couple of wins to be safe with more than 40 points for the season, but a string of defeats could leave the club in an uncertain situation for a number of weeks.

In the next three games the big chance we have is to get all 3 points at Sunderland, but getting anything out of the home game against Arsenal and the game at Liverpool will be extremely difficult.

It will be very hard to take if we lose to Sunderland for the 5th time running.

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10 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 20, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #1


    Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 20, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    If you look back throughout my posts over the last 3/4 years you will find at no time have I said Ashley should invest his own money. I have said that the club should look to maximise revenue, and do as they insisted which was “wipe its own nose”.

    The £9.9million profit you mention is attributed to the 2012/13 season. For 13/14 the figures are yet to be announced, but are likely of £40million+. That is money that was earned in the last financial year, and was available to be spent last summer, and the January window just passed.

    That leaves £50million+ that could have been spent and invested in previous windows. Given our ‘investment’ this financial year (June 30th 14 to June 30th 15) we are likely to see another £40million+profit.

    Why would Ashley need to dip into his own pocket to invest in the squad properly? Yes spend wisely, no problem with that, but we aren’t realising our potential as we don’t spend what we have.

    Between 2009 and 2014, the fees invested in signing squad members increased particularly in the English Premier League: €2.43 to €3.43 billion (€171 million per club). This is skewed by the spending of a few clubs, but our net spend in this time is negative. How come the other clubs can spend more money than us without being in breach of FFP rules? This despite our revenues and profits far exceeding a number of rivals.

    10Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 20, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    The only person’s word we have for Mike admitting he was wrong is Carver. Even if I heard Ashley say it then I would still have my doubts as to there being any truth in it.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 20, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #2

    We could have spent on a commanding centre back and a decent centre forward in Jan at a price of say £25million total. That would have had zero impact on the announcement of financial figures due anytime now. We still would have recorded a significant profit.

    That money would come off the next setoff financial figures. In doing that, we may have kept a better feel around the squad and ourselves marginally higher up in the league. It would also still leave a profit for the 14/15 financial figures of c. £15million+.

  • hibbit

    Mar 20, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #3

    its becoming more and more of a problem for this lot even when they tell truth no one trusts them everything the say has a double meaning they are always trying to cover there backs and put a positive spin on everything

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 20, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #4

    Will we see Colo on the bench in a coaching capacity then over the next three games? Is that allowed? I’m not sure on the restrictions placed on him as a suspended player, but I’d imagine he would be allowed to be on the bench.

  • magicbus

    Mar 20, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #5

    Should be seen around the club doing a captains job of geeing everyone up ready for the matches he cannot play in. Support the youngsters and injured players. No reebies back to Argentina

  • BoyDoneGood

    Mar 20, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #6

    “Hard to take…” Yes, and harder still for SAFC if they lose, since they will then need three wins elsewhere (Leicester, Palace, Everton…) to avoid the drop. No pressure, then.

    “…marginally higher up in the league…”
    That’s the problem – spend say £25M on two players, and commit £10M or so a year on their wages for the next x years, to achieve a marginally better finish – thus reducing the choices available to the next coach. Better to clear the decks, perhaps.

  • Harley

    Mar 20, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #7


    Completely agree with your first post. I don’t think there are many fans who expect silly money signings (there are a few mind). Most sensible fans just want the club to do as they said they would and invest the clubs money back in.

    As you pointed out there has most likely been 50m available over the last 2 windows. Now I’m even fussed about the amount of money they spend as long as the squad has sufficient quality and depth, which it’s glaringly obvious it hasn’t.

    It’s disgusting that with 50m sitting in the bank, they would allow this to happen. We are the only in in the league who have done this and we are supposedly the 19th biggest club in the world.

  • Sav

    Mar 20, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #8

    Cheer up Colo, I know its a sacrifice, but at least you are on 70k a week to watch the Toon for the next 3 matches. Have a care for the poor sods who are expected to fork out their own money for this debacle.

  • toonicle

    Mar 20, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #9

    Who’s he kidding, trying to keep Colo from his annual spring break visit home? He does it every year, gets hurt instead though usually

  • Moonraker15

    Mar 20, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Sunderland are now certs to make it 5 in a row. How bad is that ??


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