Newcastle United Captain Fabricio Coloccini broke his 7 year silence on Saturday.

After the 1-1 draw with West Brom, Coloccini stepped up and gave TV interviews to a number of broadcasters.

After seven years of silence and not doing a single pre or post-match interview, despite being Newcastle Captain for most of that time, it was a welcome change to see him taking responsibility.

Whether he had volunteered or had a whisper in his ear, it was vital that leadership was shown at this time with United fighting relegation.

It was revealed during the week that the team had held their own meeting, after the calamity that was Leicester and claims of friction between players and players & management. Whether Coloccini’s role on and off the pitch was  one of the topics of discussion is open to question.

The coaching staff were excluded from this players only meeting and certainly the spirit looked to be there on the pitch against West Brom.

Coloccini’s own performance and the organisation of the defence also showed marked improvement, maybe the stepping up to take on media responsibilities also helped focus the Newcastle Captain on the pitch as well.

After the match Coloccini was interviewed and asked:

‘With your open letter and your (team) meetings do you think you have shown you care and have the character?’

“Yes of course we have the character and today we showed that on the pitch.

“We have to look forward and try, we are not here to look backwards.

“It is in our hands so we have to take the points and not rely on other teams, we have to win (at QPR).”


  • Geoff Themagpie Robinson

    From Sportsmole
    David Moyes: ‘I’m not joining West Ham United, Newcastle United’
    David Moyes poses with a scarf during presented as Real Sociedad’s new head coach at Estadio Anoeta on November 13, 2014 in San Sebastian, Spain
    By Shane Callaghan, Reporter
    Filed: Monday, May 11, 2015 at 03:46 UK
    Last Updated: Monday, May 11, 2015 at 03:46 UK
    Real Sociedad coach David Moyes has insisted that he is not tempted to return to the Premier League amid speculation of a comeback.
    The Scot, who joined the Spanish club on an 18-month deal in November, has been linked with summer moves to Newcastle United and West Ham United.
    However, Moyes, who was sacked at Manchester United following a disappointing nine-month stint, remains focused on the project that he is building at the Anoeta Stadium.
    The 52-year-old has injected a sense of stability into the club since his arrival, bringing them from the relegation zone to mid-table in La Liga.
    “There’s always speculation but I’m here to do the job. I’m going to be here. I want to try to get everything in place so we can be at our best for the start of next season,” he told The Guardian.
    “I don’t think we need masses and masses but there are improvements I’d like to make, things I want to change. Small things that will help. And if we do that…”
    “I’ll be here. I’m not going anywhere.”
    Sociedad sit 11th in Spain’s top flight, 12 points clear of the bottom three.

  • A lex

    For someone who has shunned any interviews for so long, I thought he came over quite well. Hope it’s the start of him taking the public responsibility that his role demands.

  • Deluded

    He does interviews now and again. I’ve seen a few in English, it’s the same now as it was a couple years ago, he’s just lazy. And the club never really put him up for interviews.

  • blond
  • radgiegadgie

    I think the defensive improvement was more likely Mike Williamson’s absence.  The guy is a walking disaster.