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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6 comments
mirandinha9
mirandinha9

Get him out. If he was ever going to be a stalwart, he would have evidenced it by now. For me, you assess the whole squad and consider if each individual player is good enough to get us to the top 6. If not, let them go. Mind, the top 6 will always be unattainable under Cashley's regime. I wonder how many the Mackems will beat us by again this season. Absolute joke it is.

DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

Always felt a bit sorry for him as he's never been given a fair chance due to the stigma some fans had about his brother and in fairness to them both, much of their lethargic running is due to their physique and gangly legs.  He has skill but it's worrying how little he applies himself and that he still can't be effective for 90 minutes.

His lack of fitness is a real concern as someone his age with as much 'experience' under his belt should be raring to go, and yet he looks out of puff after 10 minutes on the field while doing less running around than anyone else.  I'd keep him around just because I don't think we can afford any more squad departures right now, but he needs to apply himself a lot harder...

Crawcrooklad
Crawcrooklad

Yeah, my mother can probably be quoted as saying, "He always said he was going to be Superman, he's never changed. Right from primary school he said 'I'm going to be Superman'and he joked that he was going to be better than his brother, who was Captain Scarlet"

Please get rid Mr McClaren, and don't fall for the "local lad who bleeds black and white" gimmick.

1957
1957

Interesting that all the clubs who supposedly wanted to sign him have disappeared after he was offered a contract. He will never make a top flight footballer and no coach can make him one. He has skill but lacks application, passion and real determination to succeed.

If he signs a new contract then loan him out as long as his wages are paid, we don't want him hanging about in the background.

TeamGB
TeamGB

Never had the stomach for a Derby and for a local lad that is disturbing, tells you all you need to know about his limited capacity as a player, his career will fizzle out.

toonterrier
toonterrier

He's going to be better than his brother. I'm better than his brother. Can stroll faster, jump higher, head a ball and can plod along for ninety minutes and I've got a blue badge. Not good enough for the Premier league. Give him a one way ticket even if its a freebie and get him off the books.