FabricioColoccini4Newcastle United avoided defeat for the first time in this brand new year but it didn’t feel like there was much to celebrate.

However, Alan Pardew was really upbeat afterwards and let us just hope that his positive words are followed by action.

“He (Coloccini) was excellent today, of the centre-backs on the pitch he was most assured.

He gave us the calmness in the heat of battle and you need that.

We will speak to him this week and we will resolve that situation (staying/going).

We are pursuing three or four players and they all seem to be warming up a bit.

We need a bigger pool of players but coming here today was always going to be difficult.

We have repaid a little bit of the debt we had to our fans who made the trip to Brighton”. 

I don’t think anybody watching that rubbish today will have felt repaid in any way but if the Coloccini situation can be resolved positively and a few of these ‘warmed up’ players can be ‘brought to the boil’ we might have something to take us forward again.

In today’s centre-back parade, you would have been shocked if Colo couldn’t look more assured than Williamson and ex-mackem dope Michael Turner, while Bassong had a game to forget as he found ways to get into trouble despite under little pressure.

However, if ‘resolving the situation’ equals the departure of Coloccini then god help us when we play a team who actually tries to attack us.

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12 comments
Dan Small
Dan Small

Baffles me how Tim Krul is escaping blame. He has been shocking this year.

SGM
SGM

Its true we could turn into a Southampton or Swansea. Its also true we could turn into a Leeds, Blackburn, Portsmouth, Where's the argument? FFS

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

@SGM  careful what you wish for ? Go on sad lad, you're dying to say it.

hettonmag
hettonmag

I've never forgiven Howey  for not jumping high enough to stop Poyet scoring  in the semi-final  of the FA Cup against Chelski.

hate the mackems
hate the mackems

@hettonmag I've never forgiven sheperd for not insisting the game be played at old trafford, he could of at the time. we would have won there, played villa in the final & won the cup!

Adam_B
Adam_B

Jim, when you said, "Why do none of them ever say ‘Newcastle could turn into a Swansea or a Southampton’ with a new owner who showed just a little ambition?' you really did hit the nail on the head.


The debt at NUFC is arguably just a smokescreen, it is probably no more than a financial device, designed simply to maximise the owner's income. All the TV revenue has vanished - if it had not, and I would love the HMRC to take a proper, official look at NUFC's finances this past 8 years, NUFC Ltd would by now be in profit and as far away from the Portsmouth / Leeds situation as it could be possible to be. Of course, as owner, Ashley has chosen to maintain the 'debt' the club owes him and that is very interesting as it could have been paid back but he has decided to let it ride. There are several possible explanations for this, and none particularly good for NUFC.

pgakev
pgakev

Before i read the rst of this I cameup with the same names. 4 bloody players out of 20 odd that give a f***. How can earth can we replace 20 players before next season. No chance. Shameful

magpiefifer
magpiefifer

Howey's so wide of the mark about Ashley.

The fans would happily take their chances with a new owner - Ashley is the worst nightmare,despite the 'financial stability' of the club.We need an owner who knows something about football and the fans,and is not an ignorant,arrogant slob..

cwtoon88
cwtoon88

F**k off Howey you racist mackem w******r

The only reason you would defend Colback is he is a treacherous Mackem like you, best 2 games at SJP have been for the scum. There is a big reason the team he played for last year only survived by a flukey miracle and this year we are on the brink, but some people cant see past Geordie run a lot to see how often he costs the team

A lex
A lex

Sadly, virtually every fan would come up with the same four names. And that should give everyone the idea of the size of the rebuilding task that is sorely needed.