With Newcastle United in disarray on and off the pitch, Fabricio Coloccini simply exasperated the problems with his petulant sending off at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Showing a chronic lack of leadership, Coloccini took out his frustration by selfishly launching a dangerous challenge on Aaron Lennon in a non-threatening area of the pitch, with the match already gone as Everton had a two goal lead by that point.

Newcastle’s defence is already the third worst in the Premier League when it comes to conceding goals, with 46 already ending up in the back of United’s net.

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With no cover at all, Janmaat had to move into the centre of defence, Ryan Taylor to right-back and Jack Colback dropping in at left-back from midfield.

The fact Coloccini misses games against Arsenal, Sunderland and Liverpool means there is every chance of United overtaking Burnley’s 47 goals against and QPR’s 52, by the time he returns to the team.

The Newcastle Captain will miss five weeks of action and won’t be available until the home game with Tottenham on Sunday 19th April.

However, if past experience is anything to go by, Coloccini could end up personally benefiting from the ban, with it giving him the chance to head over to Argentina and spend time with his family due to his actions making him unavailable to the team.

You don’t like to see anybody’s family circumstances meaning they spend a lot of time away from their family, but to me it will send out totally the wrong message if the club allow Coloccini to head off to Argentina, instead of staying at St. James’ Park and making a contribution in return for being easily Newcastle’s highest paid player and having the honour of being club captain.

United need people to stand up and show leadership at this time, with John Carver and Lee Charnley not exactly filling anybody with confidence.

Instead of thinking about any potential trip to Argentina, Coloccini should be ensuring he is very visible at each of these next three matches, with the players before the match and in the stands during the games.

In between he should be working even harder on the training pitch to both help the defence/team in his match absence and trying to sort them out for when he returns.

On top of this, I think Coloccini should be getting out and about in the community as well to do some very visible work for the Newcastle United Foundation.

This is what we should expect from our Captain when he lets us down, let’s hope both he and the club see that there is only one credible course of action whilst he’s banned.



  • Nicolaus Copernicus

    Such nonsense. A headline denouncing a five-week holiday in Argentina based solely on the premise that it’s possible it could happen. Does nobody at the Mag vet what gets printed.

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    Nicolaus Copernicus 
    A big flaw in the articles of this forum, personally I wish Collo would disappear with his idiotic pay masters never to return but the headline is needlessly misleading.

  • Dan Dowling

    What a ridiculous article to write The Mag. Nobody had suggested he is going to Argentina and this is a lazy way of putting fuel on the fire of an already burning situation.

  • LeazesEnder

    Nicolaus Copernicus Its absolute balderdash to suggest he booked a flight before making the tackle!

  • Stephen McMenzie

    Standard U0001f446

  • partworntyres

    wouldn’t say no to five weeks in argentina – do you think a sliding tackle on the fat one would do the trick?

  • Jimmywayhay

    So much for this guy being mentioned as a future club manager !

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    Jimmywayhay 
    I honestly don’t think there is a plan to bring in another manager other than Carver, they will be absolutely squirming as these poor results stack up as the planned ”The board think that John deseves another chance due to the injury crisis of last season” is looking more and more indefensible.

  • Marklp

    This article is the worst piece of drivel ever written for the Mag.  Absolutely baseless rubbish.  instead of making things up why not look into and give your opinion on the daily mails piece about the club challenging the red card, possibly a real story.

  • Chemical Dave

    Absolutely disgraceful to speculate this might happen, as ridiculous as suggesting they book up for a trip to Dubai every year on 4th round weekend. How unlikely would that be ?

  • Maximus Moose

    You can never tell with Nufc,

  • JoeWriteson

    Utter tripe without an iota of proof … trying for a job at the Ronnie are you?

  • Chemical Dave

    Exactly, amusing how some people are outraged at the very thought of it….must’ve been holidaying on mars for the past 8 years.

  • Adrian Phillips

    Yup utter shite. Why The Mag publishes it is beyond me. Shame on you.

  • Brown Bottle

    Outrageous. Man yells at cloud.

  • philrenner09

    Why not change the name of this Mag hating website to The Mackem