Maybe indicative of the shambolic way Newcastle have been run under Mike Ashley, Captain Fabricio Coloccini has only played one FA Cup match in the last five years.
It shows lack of respect for the Newcastle fans, that the club captain has been allowed/encouraged to put his feet up whilst thousands of fans waste their money to watch a weakened team get knocked out season after season.
Ironically, the one FA Cup game that Coloccini has played in the last five years was the one against Blackburn, Newcastle actually winning 2-1 (only FA Cup win since 2010) with late goals from Jonas Gutierrez and (a) Hatem Ben Arfa (special).
However, Mike Ashley/Alan Pardew made sure in the next round, with Coloccini one of those left out of the fourth round 1-0 defeat at Brighton.
Previous to that game against Blackburn, the last time Coloccini played an FA Cup-tie was in the disgraceful 3-1 defeat to then League Two Stevenage on 8 January 2011, five years ago to this day.
However, we now have an apparent change of heart from the Newcastle Captain, with Coloccini saying today that he wants to be out ‘on the pitch’ against Watford but ‘it is the manager’s decision’.
Coloccini adding that he thinks ‘all the players want to play’ in the FA Cup.
Seen as some of them haven’t looked too clean on playing in certain Premier League matches this season, it would take a major stretch of the imagination to believe that they are all champing at the bit to play in a non-televised cup game away at Watford, in a match that Ashley and his minions would possibly be quite happy for us to lose, to try and protect the Premier League gravy train.
“I want to play and be on the pitch, I want to be in the squad but it is the manager’s decision.
“When you look at the situation we’re now in, we have to put the Premier League first, but I think all the players want to play.”