Fabricio Coloccini has been a loyal(ish) servant to Newcastle United but it’s time for this affair to end.

The Argentinean will have spent eight years on Tyneside come the end of this season, but Coloccini’s relationship with the fans is beyond repair.

Despite a shaky first season, which saw Newcastle relegated, Coloccini proved to be one of the finest defenders we have seen in recent years. He stuck with the club when we went down and was rewarded two seasons later when he was handed the captaincy following Kevin Nolan’s departure to West Ham.

In his first year (2011/12) as captain, Coloccini was named in the PFA Team of the Year.

Coloccini was a fan-favourite.

Come January 2013, Coloccini’s Newcastle career seemed to be over. A transfer request was made. A desire to return home to Argentina was clear. San Lorenzo could not afford to bring Colo home, and the curly-haired man stayed on Tyneside, a timely return from injury helping Newcastle remain in the Premier League.

Since that transfer request, things have simply not been the same.

The legs don’t work. The passion doesn’t seem to be there. The leadership is non-existent.

St James Park used to see thousands of men giving Coloccini permission to do as he pleases with their wives. In 2016, those men no longer want curly hair too, instead declaring their love for his centre-back partner, Chancel Mbemba.

Coloccini signing a new contract in the summer was like an old rock band going on tour- it won’t be as good as it used to be, the body is getting older, but it’ll pay the bills.

His performances this season have been average at best…and that is only a rare good day. He remained captain but his leadership still leaves a lot to be desired.

Whether we survive or not, the marriage of Coloccini and Newcastle United must come to an end for the good of both parties.

Premier League or Championship, Newcastle need to start afresh with a new captain, and that cannot happen as long as Fabricio Coloccini remains at the club.

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