FabricioColoccini24My first reaction when seeing the speculation regarding Fabricio Coloccini this morning was to dismiss it as idle gossip.

The thought that our Captain could desert the ship at such a time in a relegation fight seems unbelievable but….

Firstly Colo’s dad came out with comments that his son could return to Argentina for personal reasons and now today’s story in The Independent is claiming a move back to Argentina along similar lines.

There are now rumours circulating that Fabricio Coloccini’s wife has allegedly gone back to Argentina and this is the driving force for the captain’s possible departure.

On purely football matters I could never have imagined Colo deserting our potentially sinking ship but one thing that comes before football, or at least it should(!), is family and if Coloccini’s personal circumstances dictate that he has to leave Newcastle then it could be that whatever Alan Pardew can say won’t make one little bit  of difference.

The repercussions for us as football fans could be disastrous as Coloccini came through his rocky early days to be named by his fellow players as one of the eleven best in the Premier League last season.


desree 5pts

Relegation will be disastrous, Rafa won't stay, Ashley won't want him to stay. Even if we stay up I can see rafa leaving as he won't be given the funds to rebuild the team. I'm all for being positive and Rafa has been an amazing catch, he has given us belief, but lets not believe all our own cr@p about 'loving the fans'

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Bobbi the shill 5pts

Fat boy is an expert at buying time, he's done it again with this appointment. One day the penny will drop. Actually, for some it never will.

fromtheheed 5pts

I was alarmed to read, true or not that Everton are to offload Martinez. My thoughts were this is an ideal club for Rafa and be next to his family. However, the Liverpool connection may dissuade him from taking up that position.

I, like one or two others believe Rafa is loving his time at Newcastle and it's all down to the fans.

He's put a lot of work into saving us, and if the rumours are to be believed will be paid handsomely if we stay up.

Either way he will need to rebuild, he only requires a couple of players to get us out of the championship (let's hope it doesn't come to that) then he can rebuild with quality players.

His can create a Dynasty, that is of course if Ashley let's him do the job without hindrance.

There doesn't appear to be any managerial jobs out there that would appeal to Rafa, Bayern Munich, ManU, Man City, all posts filled, why not stay with Newcastle and enjoy a fresh challenge.

Rafa to stay.

1957 5pts

Personally I can't decide which way he will jump. I doubt he would have come in the first place without getting some assurances about what happens if we go down, also remember his negotiations were not supposed to be with Charnley so you have to assume it was someone higher in the food chain, so he must consider it an option. Even if he was going to stay now isn't the time to announce it.

That said if an offer from a top club came along, say Arsenal, I've no doubt he could leave

ArtyH 5pts

I think Rafa is falling in love with the fans and the club! Even if the worst happens, he will be in charge of who comes or goes, and I think there will be a huge clearout come the summer. What better way than to start from scratch with a team of his choosing and his own build with such astronomical potential? I really think this is too good a chance to miss for our Rafa. If results go against us I can see Rafa storming the league next year and it will do wonders for his CV. 

Incidentally I dont think he is a man who would walk away from a job half done as it may well effect his reputation even more than it would if he failed in the championship. 

Given the support by the fans ( and he has this in spades ) and the owner and left to do his own running of the club I can see NUFC becoming a respected club again, and even the owner getting some reflected glory. 

Hughie 5pts

Rafa is a man for a new challenge. He and his coaches have already demonstrated ability that Messrs Pardew, Carver and Mclaren couldn't, with his tactical nous and persuading under performing players to do so . The Championship would certainly be a new challenge-- probably tougher than any other second tier league in the world-- and better than many top tier leagues. Even if he failed at the first go in that league his reputation is such that he is just about guaranteed a top job anywhere in Europe and has little to lose. If the Toon pay him handsomely-- ie a top PL salary-- then why not stay? 

DownUnderMag 5pts

Rafa has already increased his already stellar reputation, if we go down there is nothing he is getting blamed for and I think universally everyone will say that he was brought in too late to clear up too big a mess.  I just can't see him staying if we go down, he will have too many offers from elsewhere (given his Liverpool connections i'd be surprised to see him take over Everton...but nothing surprises me in football these days).

To be honest I can see plenty of clubs being interested in him even if we do stay up and we will be needing to give him a lot of reassurances that old mistakes/restrictions won't be repeated and that he won't be getting players given to him by Carr, won't be having players sold out from under him without adequate replacements or any other crazy crap that has gone on here since Ashley's takeover.  Rafa doesn't need to be in a struggling side long term and will be looking to push up the league with us and if he doesn't get the backing he not only needs but after this turnaround deserves then I can see him heading elsewhere.