Newcastle United Captain Fabricio Coloccini broke his 7 year silence on Saturday.
After the 1-1 draw with West Brom, Coloccini stepped up and gave TV interviews to a number of broadcasters.
After seven years of silence and not doing a single pre or post-match interview, despite being Newcastle Captain for most of that time, it was a welcome change to see him taking responsibility.
Whether he had volunteered or had a whisper in his ear, it was vital that leadership was shown at this time with United fighting relegation.
It was revealed during the week that the team had held their own meeting, after the calamity that was Leicester and claims of friction between players and players & management. Whether Coloccini’s role on and off the pitch was one of the topics of discussion is open to question.
The coaching staff were excluded from this players only meeting and certainly the spirit looked to be there on the pitch against West Brom.
Coloccini’s own performance and the organisation of the defence also showed marked improvement, maybe the stepping up to take on media responsibilities also helped focus the Newcastle Captain on the pitch as well.
After the match Coloccini was interviewed and asked:
‘With your open letter and your (team) meetings do you think you have shown you care and have the character?’
“Yes of course we have the character and today we showed that on the pitch.
“We have to look forward and try, we are not here to look backwards.
“It is in our hands so we have to take the points and not rely on other teams, we have to win (at QPR).”