It’s been mentioned that one way of the club showing the kind of ambition us fans want to see is to retain the services of our better players.
One of those better players, undoubtedly, is Fabricio Coloccini.
The curly haired colussus has recovered well from a shaky start to life in the Premier League and is now an integral part of a Black and White revival that has been ongoing since relegation a couple of years ago which has resulted in him now being earmarked for a new deal that will see him effectively end his playing days on Tyneside.
I can’t help but think that we’ve been here before however. Our contract negotiations tend to follow a one dimensional path with the only negotiation being the choice between taking the offer or leaving it. The art of negotiation is a fine one, it’s just a shame that the club seem to use sledgehammers whilst practising it.
You see we’ve gone from Colo being “keen” to conclude a deal, to him now being “in no rush” to conclude a new deal. From a personal perspective I find this rather alarming. Like I said, we’ve been here before and a “source close to the player” in The Chronicle seems to suggest that we may be treading a familiar path once again.
“Fabricio is happy at Newcastle,” said the HP sauce.
He or she continued: “The next contract is going to be an important one for him and his family. But he is happy to just stay firmly focused on playing football at the moment.”
“It’s all work in progress.”
The Chronicle is also suggesting that Colo is not looking for a pay rise, which is probably a good thing given Mike Ashley’s clampdown on paying players excessive salaries. I’d imagine he’d baulk at the idea of paying someone more money and would go out on a kitten killing spree* as a reaction.
*N.B. For legal purposes, I don’t think he’d actually kill any kittens.
Maybe I’m worrying about nothing? Maybe I’m reading the form book a bit too closely? But I’m worried that we may well lose Colo in the summer transfer window, if not the winter one. Granted the circumstances aren’t exactly the same as the Jose Enrique/Joey Barton/Kevin Nolan situations as there doesn’t seem to be any animosity between player and management. There are certain similarities however, and the main one is the one highlighted earlier about the change in stance from the Colo camp.
Is anyone else concerned?