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Is Coloccini Already Halfway Out The Door?

8 years ago
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Captain Coloccini was due to meet the club this week to hammer out where he will be after January 31st.

The meeting was cancelled and put back to the coming Monday after the crucial Reading relegation clash, at his pre-match press conference this is what Alan Pardew had to say about the Colo situation;

“We’re going to sit down next week and hopefully iron out the issues and come to a conclusion where Colo stays”.

Various journalists have taken the manager’s words as some kind of positive statement but my heart sank when I heard them.

If there was a quick fix to the situation then surely it would have been dealt with on the spot. While there may be a simple explanation for this week’s meeting being cancelled such as a key person being unavailable, I can only think darker thoughts.

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Coloccini knows exactly how bad Newcastle United’s current situation is, so to have even raised the idea of leaving now, he must have serious issues to deal with in his personal life. So for the manager to talk about ‘hopefully’ the situation being sorted doesn’t fill me with any confidence.

We can all put our own spin on what is likely to happen and I really hope I’m wrong…

We’ve got the Reading match and then a ten day gap until the one at Villa (29th Jan), only a couple of days before the transfer window closes.

With Steven Taylor on his way back, is it the club simply saying to Coloccini,’ let’s get this vital match with Reading out of the way and then we’ll come to whatever arrangement, Taylor will be back and then if you are going leave then at least we have two of our three centre-backs fit and available’?

If indeed Coloccini is going to leave, which we have to now accept is a possibility, then if the meeting had gone ahead this week – announcing before the Reading match that the captain was leaving this month could have been a fatal blow and even if there was no official announcement the outcome would find a way into the hands of the media somehow.

Plus of course after Reading we have this ten day gap before the Villa match to bring in a possible replacement, though quite who that would be and the chances of it actually happening…

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