A familiar story regarding Colo’s contract?

Captain Colo sitting tight
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?

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69 thoughts on “A familiar story regarding Colo’s contract?

  1. I’m not really that concerned. If his wage remains the same, I could only imagine an increase in bonuses. Better bonuses could push him to be even better and to lead more

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  2. I guess we’re all paranoid now about contract negotiations. The club’s deadly duo would be absolutely mad to let a player of Colo’s class leave. There again . . .

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  3. There isnt same urgency as jose’s’as colo has longer to run. Nolan wanted too many assurances and joey well he was never getting a deal. I genuinly believe colo wants to stay. Maybe the 2 parties are still negotiating and colo is saying what he is because people will wonder why he hasnt yet signed. No panic required imho

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  4. If colo is on 60 to 80 k aweek he has probably been offered the same as our previous captain was — 40k + bonus depending on team performance. I dont think his agent will allow him to accept that, then the club can say he didnt want to stay. I fear the worst 🙁 🙁

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  5. sounds like we are pussy footing around again, just give him a cracking contract and be done with. the longer this drags out the higher the risk of someone signing him in a snap and our pathetic chairman and chief exec claiming they did their best or he wouldnt sign tripe!

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  6. Mark – I remember Nolan had two years to run aswell. It was an odd time to bother with a new contract for him and look what happened. In hindsight it was irrelevant as we’ve replaced him with someone cheaper, younger and better (hi Joey 😀 ) but the similarities are there.

    Im really worried about it now to be honest. I just hope the club realise it would cost them less to perhaps give Colo a bit more (bonus or whatever) than it would to get a comparable replacement in.

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  7. I dont think there is anything to worry at the moment but all bets are off with the contract , he could well be on his way next summer.

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  8. Off topic but woo feckin hoo, just changed my flights so flying home a week earlier for Xmas…Swansea and WBA matches will be attended :mrgreen: 😀 :mrgreen: 😀

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  9. Ice….defo not the cold, just if we’d stuck with flying out on the 23rd and back on the 31st everything would have just been a rush and wouldn’t have time to enjoy owt…..plus wouldn’t have got to a match, extra week costing a bloody fortune though.

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  10. The wage cap is a good thing imo and shouldn’t be raised for any one person. I really do hope that this can be resolved asap or we could have another Jose on our hands. Maybe after his current 2 years then his wage drops to the cap level.

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  11. Im very worried colo is the best player at the club and with few defenders in the squad it would be devastating to lose him .
    The fat one hasent got a clue about football,
    If we want to have a worldclass central defender we have to pay the money .
    If the rest of the premier league are willing to pay more then he will leave and Newcastle will fall behind simple .
    If it does happen i wont be surprised and it baffles me that some still seem surprised when fatman and bobin screw us over for there own gain with no thought about the team !

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  12. He’ll sign a new contract, no major hurry. 2 years left.

    Is it just me, or are all Newcastle fans nerves totally on edge? As soon as theres a whiff of something, we’re all over it.. and ALWAYS on the negative for the majority too. Sad times.

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  13. If our record in the Jan transfer window is anything to go on, ie; Andy Cole— Andy Carrol (ok I know we got Shearer the same summer Andy C left) but this lot ain`t gonna replace Collo with the likes of Kompany etc. So concerned if not worried.

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  14. Im very worried tbh.
    Colo obviously loves the toon, the people and his teammates but he’s got to be wondering if his employers value his services enough to offer him a decent contract, not necesseraly better money, just decent.
    We all know that MA and DL dont have a scooby doo about football,just £££, so to them, any contract offer is gonna be a take it or leave it affair, regardless of how needed colo is.
    My hope is colo loves us enough to dispel the temptation of say, Seville.
    Coz to me, if i was offered a job somewhere nice and warm, with better pay and my employers refused to match the offer, regardless of how much effort i put in at work and how much i liked my workmates, Im sorry but i would be looking for flight information.
    Thats just me.
    a lot of people might say ‘what about loyalty?’
    loyalty is a two-way street.
    This is, of course without me knowing whats been offered to colo from the fcukin knackas upstairs, but from recent goings on at ST JAMES PARK nothing would surprise me. 🙁

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  15. Daverism – But is that not brought about by an owner and cohort who have a habit of doing the unexpected and grasping the positives and clouding it with negatives repeatedly?

    That plus the fact that we have retained NO big earners once their contract has come to an end. The closest one is Jonas and he ain’t exactly a massive earner on the scale of Colo.

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  16. i can see an ‘enrique’ happening here although i think collo is a bit happier.

    if he’s happy to stay on the same wage but hasn’t agreed a contract that says to me that he’s been offered a lower wage.

    what a bag of poo.

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  17. I fear Colo faces the same fate as the other higher earners we have had, and there is nowt imo to suggest otherwise.
    Toonsy touching on what you said every wee bit of good has been massively outweighed by the Bad and I cant see that changing while Jabba owns our club

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  18. Who really knows what he has been offered but The Sunday Sun reported that the offer he was given is made up of four years at wages just above his current rate of around £55K/week and an optional final year on slightly reduced terms.
    I know it’s the Sunday Sun but IF that is the deal he has been offered that would take him to age 35 and would be a canny deal IMO.

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  19. here we go again – reckon he’ll be off in Jan or at latest next summer, his next contract will prob be his last to earn decent money so he’l no doubt wait and see what offers come in and if one betters the terrible twins offer (prob not that difficult) he’ll be off
    Can’t say I blame the players but you would think the club would be keen to retain …. then again 🙁

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  20. Long reader but first comment 😎

    How d u get a picture 4 ur avatar thing ❓ ❓ ❓ ❓ ❓

    Not happy about name change but would like o2 Nike or apple arena

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  21. If Collo wishes to wait for the best financial offer then what can Ashley/Llambias do exactly…they won’t break the alleged wage structure for anyone & rightly so.

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  22. Cocoa…welcome to the nuthoose and instructions for Avatars are in the FAQ’s at the top of the page 😉

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  23. Cocoa….just disagree with everything Witters says and you won’t go far wrong 😉 …….except comment 39, you can agree with that one 😆

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  24. Huge difference between Nolan and Colo.

    Colo is only getting better. Nolan was only getting worse.

    Sources said that Colo is supporting an orphanage back in his homeland from his pay packet, he probably just wants to make sure that he’s getting enough to continue to support them once his playing days are over.

    People may point out that they make absurd amounts of money but they essentially work 15-20 years and that’s it for them. So financial planning obviously is very important.

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  25. Good article, i see what you mean. Hopefully he will sign a new deal soon.

    Btw anyone notice the Nowich away tickets selling out allready 🙁

    I was well up for going to this game as well, gutted now. Waste of money it seems the membership this year for me. Our away supports seems to be selling quicker than ever. We need to ask these grounds for more seats, hopefully we might apply for more tickets for the norwich away game and go to member sale this time!

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  27. You love it Richie…I mean who doesn’t appreciate a semi naked man in leather pants with ammunition strapped to his body? 😯

    I’m gonna have to find another one aren’t I?!?

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  28. The 59 Sound – I’m surprised the Norwich tickets are selling out so quickly given the fact that they are ripping the eyes out of us for that match. £45 😯

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  29. Toonsy – Yeah i know, hope we take more allocation! Already booked my mega bus to london the day before for a £1! haha

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