“When you’ve got a Newcastle team doing that (fighting for every ball) with their great support behind them, you know you’re going to get a difficult game”.
“Fabricio represents everything I like. He was the number one choice to be captain and there wasn’t really a number two in the running. He was always going to be the captain unless he suffered an injury. I hope we get his new contract signed and he will be here as captain for the next three or four years because he is very influential in the everything I want to do”.
“I’m playing alongside a very good centre-half in Coloccini. He’s in his prime, and is a great leader. Day in, day out, I’m enjoying training and playing alongside him. I’m taking the advice he’s giving me, which is very important. I love learning from someone who’s played at the highest level for Argentina. For me, I’m just enjoying playing my football. It’s an honour to play with the lads we’ve got now. It’s a fantastic spirit we’ve got here”.
“Hatem did some great stuff up front for us, but look at his work at the other end. There is no problem with that. He works really really hard and I said to him, ‘Coming into this team, the one thing the other players are wanting to see from you is energy’ because that is what we have had all year”.
“No matter how hard I try I can never finish a meal”.
“I’d never sign a French player”.
“I love visiting the north east, I’m here so often I might as well get season tickets for the Toon and the mackems”.