Fabricio Coloccini has given Newcastle fans his latest feeble apology after a shameful performance at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
The United Captain says that he is sorry and will try his ‘best in the next game’ like he always does.
It all feels very much like Groundhog Day, this weekly cycle of getting taken apart on matchday, then promises of learning lessons and a great week in training…only to then let everybody down on the pitch.
Obviously the whole team and coaching staff bear responsibility but as Coloccini himself admits, with him being Captain there is an extra layer of expectation that rests on him.
Crystal Palace was probably the lowest point of a very low season so far and quite rightly the whole Newcastle United set-up was slaughtered for what happened in the 5-1 defeat.
However, many people, from Alan Shearer to Henry Winter of The Times, are increasingly pointing the finger of blame at Fabricio Coloccini as a key weakness, both as a ‘defender’ and as a Captain.
Yet again, the Argentine defender was conspicuous by his absence when it came to representing his team and club on camera after the Palace humiliation – Paul Dummett stepping up despite an awful personal contribution to the match – but the Daily Star report Coloccini saying the following as the team prepares for another week on the training pitch….
“We don’t have words for them as it is a big disappointment for them as well.
“I’d like to say sorry and we will try our best in the next game, like we always do.
“We are all involved in this.
“We have to do more and be better than we are doing now and that includes me as the Captain as well.”