FabricioColoccini10When the final whistle blew on the victory over Queens Park Rangers, Alan Pardew made a very public show of striding onto the pitch to embrace his captain, Fabricio Coloccini.

Afterwards he explained why;

“I just said to him (Coloccini) before he walked on the pitch; ‘look, we are both winner and we are allowed to fall out’. We fell out last week and we’re entitled to do that, as the captain and the manager. It was just a silly little thing and I know he was determined to get the result on Saturday.

I said to him before the match; ‘be our leader today, be a captain and make sure they don’t get a sniff of a goal. When you ask someone to do a job and they do it, it’s only right that you pay your respects to them.

He (Coloccini) was never off my Christmas card list because it wasn’t me who had the problem. I think Colo was a bit upset but I don’t want you (the media) to go searching for why”.

While it is never a good thing when there is anything negative between manager and captain, with the way our season has turned out then you are bound to have tensions.

KITBAG_SALEAlan Pardew has a habit of sometimes saying a little too much than he should for his own good.

As far as I know there hadn’t been a hint in the media of anything between the two of them but by now announcing it to the world, I can guarantee the next couple of days we will be told by the papers exactly what the dispute was.

How accurate the claims will be is anybody’s guess but the manager asking the press not to ‘searching for why’ is indeed asking for/expecting the impossible.

Look out for a press conference soon where Alan Pardew will be asked whether ‘such and such’ was why he and Coloccini had fallen out, so I wonder why he didn’t just nail it when he had the chance on the back of a vital win?

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GORDO1674 5pts

A well thoughtout and factual based article on Elliott. It's fair to say he has grasped a great opportunity.

Krul, has like a few at the club recently, become complacent which was plain to see from the stands.

Elliott although hardly your athletic goalkeeper mould....( remember the 1st class Neville Southall ) is a great shot stopper and is improving game by game.

In my opinion he was given a chance through someone's else's misfortune and he has taken it big style.

Krul has much work to do when fit again to get the jersey back.

Morpeth mag
Morpeth mag 5pts

IMO he has been our player of the season, his standards have been the same in every game, I wasn't a fan of his, but he has changed my mind, his distribution is far better than Kruls (who's kicking is abysmal and he always takes too long to release the ball after catching it, giving the the opposition the opportunity to get there shape back), in fact I'm starting to prefer him to Krul, if only he had a strong defence in front of him,,,,

amacdee 5pts

Good read Jonathan, never was an Elliot fan but this latest stint between the sticks has changed my opinion. I also agree he's a talker and there is the faint possibility of him taking over the captaincy next season when Colo finally leaves ? Ironically Fattie sacked all the voluble players in the dressing room hopefully he now realises they're an important part of any team ?

1957 5pts

He has earned the right to be first choice and when TK is fit again he will have to wait for his chance IMO.

Personally I was never comfortable with him in goal previously, he looked overweight, slow to react and indecisive. I don't know what has changed for him, but I suspect the departure Woodman may have something to do with it. He is clearly a leader in the team now and has spoken with the press more than Colo has in his whole NUFC career.

Philippines 5pts

The unfortunate thing about being the 'reserve' goalie is that you can be World class player but understudy to "World class plus 1%". Take Steve Harper…. I never had any qualms when he was in goal. I always thought that if Steve had got more playing time he could have got an England call up. He was a great servant to NUFC.

Greg Codling
Greg Codling 5pts

I say play till he loses form, revolve, do the same with Tim

wor monga
wor monga 5pts

A good article…Elliot has always been a first class professional at the club, who waited for the opportunity, and when it happened went on to prove his quality. 

...Now when Tim gets back he won’t expect to be the automatic first choice again, but will have to wait for an opportunity to take the jersey back…and that’s a healthy situation for the club!!

MrDolf 5pts

It's terrifying to think where we'd be without this guy's contribution this season, gives his all. I wish we could put his SIM card in some of the others.

Regarding the injury, I noticed he seemed reluctant to kick long on Saturday, preferring to play it out to a defender. Hopefully our forthcoming enforced break will help with any healing needed

amacdee 5pts

@MrDolf We'd be at least three points worse off for sure.