Before the game on Wednesday night, the match programme carried programme notes from the Captain Fabricio Coloccini.
Whether he actually writes or says them is immaterial, either way he is happy for them to appear in his name.
The same with the emails that go out from the club that carry his name, or the quotes sent out to the press by the club.
The Sheffield Wednesday programme notes from Coloccini said:
“We need to lift our heads up, keep working hard and try to put these bad results behind us.
“We also need you (the fans) to stay right behind us while we do this.”
First of all, Coloccini sat on the bench the entire 90 minutes, neither Steve McClaren or his Captain thinking it appropriate that he should be out there on the pitch at any time, as the team struggled to do anything on a dismal night.
So despite Coloccini’s fine words and demands for supporters to back him and the team, he contributed nothing in trying to influence the game and take responsibility.
After the final whistle it got worse for both the club and Coloccini.
A desperate result and the team/club in a total mess, so who did they send out to face the cameras…?
For me, I know Coloccini didn’t get out on the pitch but surely in such desperate times it should be the Captain who goes out and represents the players and the club.
Failing that, at least it should at least be a senior player such as Sissoko.
Instead it was Kevin Mbabu.
Yes, Kevin Mbabu who was thrown in from nowhere as a second half substitute despite never having been given a sniff before.
The 20 year old Swiss defender is out of contract next summer and looks certain to be released, yet the club are happy to use him as a sacrificial lamb after last night’s debacle.
All the while, Newcastle United’s best paid player and Captain is happy to sit in the shadows letting somebody else take the flak.
This is the question and answer that Kevin Mbabu did and some of his replies come over as naive, but I attach no blame to him.
What is he supposed to say when asked what the mood in the dressing room is, or what a proud night it must be!!!
For me this goes to the heart of the club and the lack of leadership from Ashley, through Charnley, then McClaren, Coloccini and then the other senior players.
Kevin Mbabu interviewed on the club’s official TV channel after the Sheffield Wednesday defeat:
‘Kevin, congratulations on your debut, but a really disappointing night for the team?’
“Yes, we were all disappointed. We had chances to score. We were better than the opponents and we are all disappointed we didn’t win.”
‘What was the mood in the dressing room like after the game?’
“Only to say, everybody needs to stay positive and to fight. Now that this game has gone, everybody can focus on Chelsea and we all have to think we can win against this team (Chelsea).”
‘It would have been really nice to have a run in the competition for the players and for the fans, so it must be really disappointing?’
“Yes, as I said, we are all really disappointed. We knew we could have done something before the game and during the game, but we were a little bit unlucky.
“We had chances but didn’t score, that is how it is. You don’t score, you don’t win.”
‘One of the chances, it was your ball in for Siem de Jong?’
“Yes, when I crossed the ball and I saw Siem when he shot the ball, I was like ‘Oh it’s going in’ and then I was like ‘Aah, what a shame’, but it is fine, this game is behind us and just look forward to the next game.”
‘On a personal level, it must be a really proud night?’
“Oh yeah yeah, I’m really happy, especially because in the last two years I had a lot of injuries. So I would say I’m coming from quite far because I had a lot of rehab and then was injured again.
“Now I’m happy as I’m fully fit since February and I am happy I made my debut tonight – but it is a shame we didn’t win.
“I will keep working hard every day and when I get my chance I will give 100%.”
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