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Pardew Claims Coloccini Innocence – Is He Right?

8 years ago
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Club captain Fabricio Coloccini has made the headlines this season, though rarely in a positive sense.

Having been chosen by his fellow professionals as one of the best eleven players in the Premier league last season, his fall from grace this season has mirrored Newcastle’s in the Premier League.

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This season, Colo put in an outstanding performance down at Sunderland but has struggled to reach those heights, in his injury hit season.

The revelation that Coloccini was trying to get a move away in January was a shocker for fans who were watching their team getting dragged into a relegation fight.

A back injury against Southampton has meant he’s missed the last couple of months and Alan Pardew allowing Colo to travel back to Argentina during his recuperation meant that the real conspiracy theorists, were speculating whether the injury was just a ruse so he could spend time there.

With Colo’s absence continuing, many fans wonder whether we’ll ever see him on the pitch again and this week his manager came out with this spirited defence;

“He has been out for seven weeks, his conditioning is a real tribute to his professionalism.

Some of the rumours about him have been really way off the mark and totally unfair on his professionalism.

This is a player who’s desperate to play for this club, I don’t care what people think has gone on.

He had a personal issue but every time he trains and plays for us he is top class.”

Fair play to Alan Pardew for sticking up for his captain but regardless of whatever personal issues he had to deal with, when your captain is prepared to walk out on his club during a relegation fight after earning a fortune and only signing a new deal 12 months before, I think some fans can be forgiven for being a little bit sceptical as to Coloccini’s total commitment.

I have to say though that at the actual matches following the news Colo wanted to leave, the backing our captain got from the fans was quite unbelievable. A level of support that would happen at no other club in the circumstances.

i don’t hear many fans with any real belief that Coloccini will still be here next season but that is just a minor problem compared to Newcastle’s immediate struggles in the remaining three matches.

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