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Coloccini – Mr 100%?

8 years ago
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To try and put a line under this month’s Coloccini saga, Newcastle United have released the following statement via the official club website.

Sometimes I think you are best in these circumstances putting what you want to say (or get out to the public) in as few words as possible. I can’t help thinking that it would have been much better just to release something saying that personal issues had come along which impacted on his work life and now he was putting them to one side to concentrate on the rest of season. Instead of saying, just the odd time(!), that he is 100% committed.

Make your own mind up;

“The last few weeks there has been a lot of talk about my future, but I am staying here, and of course I will give 100% like I always do.

I have been here five years and Newcastle have given me a lot and done a lot for me, I have to be true to the club. I will give 100%.

I love football and once I am on the pitch it is different, the problems I have are outside the pitch.

I heard in the city and around the club that the fans think I have my head elsewhere thinking about other things, or that I am not the same player as last season.

Like I say though, football is my life, I love it. When I’m on the pitch I give everything to win.

I give 100%. I did that at Newcastle, Deportivo La Cooruna, or any club I’ve played at.

The fans have to know and be sure that when I am on the field I give 100%. I am captain of the team and I take the responsibility.

I think everybody has problems outside of their work in life. It is difficult but now I am here and all I have in my head is to make sure we are in the Premier League next year. That is my only objective.

In the last few days the newspapers picked up a letter that I wrote (to San Lorenzo).

The letter is true but the meaning of it is different once translated from Spanish to English. I never said that I would go back to San Lorenzo. I never spoke to any team – the only reason to go back to Argentina would have been personal problems.

The rumours were crazy because they thought I was coming back.

I would like to say to the supporters of Newcastle United that I want to stay here and I thank them for supporting me.

I am alone here with my family. We don’t have grandparents here or uncles and aunties..

It does make it difficult. Not for me personally, because I come to work every day, but for my kids and wife.

Here though, the club and the fans are my family at the moment”.

We haven’t been told anything that hasn’t been reported already but some fans will say that if the San Lorenzo rumours were crazy, why didn’t he say so at the time, plus of course have a word with his dad who was stirring it every other day?

I agree that Coloccini gives his all when on the pitch but what can’t be ‘put back in the box’ is that our captain did try to leave the club in this transfer window, in the middle of a relegation fight. It is well reported that the club had to make clear what the implications were contractually/financially if the player did insist on leaving and I personally don’t doubt those conversations took place.

I think the club have done a decent job this month in making the best of a bad job with our captain’s situation and the fact he is still here and been arguably our best player in the matches since the story broke, confirms that Coloccini’s words aren’t hollow when he talks about his commitment still remaining when on the pitch.

However, I would argue that what he has done over the last month hasn’t equalled ‘100%’ for the fans and the club, the best and only way to start paying everybody back is by Colo leading us back up the table.

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