Newcastle Captain Fabricio Coloccini was accused of shocking defending and lack of leadership by Tim Krul, on the coach taking the players to the airport after the feeble defeat at Leicester.

The Telegraph report that the Dutch keeper was furious with the United defender and was speaking for many of the squad when he pointed out Coloccini’s shortcomings.

Social media had been full of claims of a bust-up on the team coach but with no knowledge of who was involved, though a popular claim was that Moussa Sissoko had had words with John Carver, or vice-versa…

Once again Newcastle United’s defence has been shocking this season and only QPR have conceded more goals than NUFC, 61 as opposed to United’s 60.

As two of the most senior players at the club and in that back five, both Krul and Coloccini need to take responsibility.

However, Tim Krul appears to belatedly be in tune with the vast majority of Newcastle fans who can’t believe that Coloccini has lasted so long as Newcastle Captain despite his obvious weaknesses in the role.

Not least the fact that as usual he failed to go in front of the TV cameras to represent the players after this latest defeat.

The friction between the two players is no doubt indicative of friction in the dressing room and potentially a split between certain players.

If there is any positive to take out of this total mess, it must be that at least Tim Krul is passionate enough to speak his mind and not sit back and accept the failure on the pitch, as most of his teammates appear happy to do.