Many fans were less than impressed that the Newcastle players are flying out for a break in Dubai after only two wins in twelve matches, only for the trip to look an even bigger joke as it is now revealed that Fabricio Coloccini has been allowed to miss it.
The Captain’s absence is reported by the Guardian to be due to ‘personal issues’.
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For most of the two years since that point, his form has been poor to average, yet still United’s highest player by far has managed to avoid much negative attention by supporters.
For me, Coloccini’s role at the club sums up just what a mess Newcastle United are as a whole.
We have an owner who treats us with contempt, a managing director who never utters a word, no manager in place, plus a Captain who never gives interviews on camera to the UK media, instead poor saps like Mike Williamson are forced to go on TV to explain away the latest poor performance.
John Carver was at pains to say that this trip is most definitely not a ‘jolly’ but the caretaker boss is looking increasingly isolated like a teacher taking a load of kids away on a school trip, with less and less at the club making sense and even Carver making comments along the lines of things need sorting.
Maybe Coloccini had to absolutely miss this trip for very good reasons but when you are the Captain and by far the best paid player at the club, it also brings along responsibilities.
Twelve months ago Coloccini was allowed to opt out of a similar team building trip to Abu Dhabi for ‘personal reasons’.
Team building without a manager and without your captain, to a background of deafening silence from the managing director and the owner.
What could possibly go wrong?