Life without Coloccini is unimaginable

With the hierarchy of our club showing very little, if any, urgency in sorting out the contract of club captain Fabricio Coloccini, one can’t help but wonder what life on Tyneside would be like without our curly-haired hero.

Having signed from Spanish outfit Deportivo La Coruña for a fee of £10m in August 2008, Coloccini was not always the established player we are now accustomed to watching. In fact, during his first season I’d often find myself thinking he was completely out of his depth playing in the Premier League. I couldn’t have been further from the truth.

Since putting to bed the agony of relegation in our 2008-09 campaign, Colo has rapidly set about creating a legacy that will never be forgotten by us Geordies. In only his second season, our gifted Argentinian proved somewhat instrumental as we achieved promotion at the very first attempt and was rightly included in the 2009-10 Championship Team of the Year.

In the following year and a half I would argue that Fabricio has continued to improved. For me, he has now developed into one of the best central defenders currently plying their trade in England. Making the thought of losing him almost unbearable. However, unless a new contract is signed in the near future, that may just be the case.

As things stand, Colo is set to see his contract expire at the end of the 2012-13 season. Meaning that come the end of our current campaign we will be very vulnerable in regards to transfer offers should a new deal still not be signed. And having heard constant rumours of interest from Liverpool, I’m surely not the only Toon fan fearing the worst. For me, Coloccini is simply irreplaceable. He has been an inspirational figure in everything we have achieved of late and losing him would all but destroy our hopes of continued progression.



Will a new deal be signed? Well, your guess is as good as mine. What I will say, though, is that I see no reason whatsoever in delaying talks, as with every passing day the concern among both fans and team-mates will only grow.

In the past I have referred to myself as a ‘dreamer’, yet even I can’t imagine life without our curly-haired captain.

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211 thoughts on “Life without Coloccini is unimaginable

  1. JJ aye your reet mind there l/b i forget his name for a mo had good pace
    and covered for them when he had too,ah lee dixon thats the lad 😉

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  2. @ sharpy tattoo or anything to do about your kid is never lame sharpy dont be daft nowt wrong with that at all

    @Bsteve learned more from my owld man than anyone…. and this old bird i dated once but thats a different story altogether matey

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  3. Stardust, got to say respect for that, can admit when the lad is doing ok even when you dont like the bloke. Goes to show that you are a real fan, and blogs like this are great to get all our views over.

    Lets just hope when he’s back next season, he can keep up the good form he showed this time round. With anyluck, we can have another sound defensive unit with another couple of additions. We could end up going places and be in a good postion moneywise as well. Just hope the defence can stick together and perform along with the rest of the team until May and lets finish as high as possible

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  4. Simon – I think the biggest change for Saylor is, I used to accuse him of playing for himself, dropping too early, exposing everyone else to one twos, Colo included. IMO he did that as he thought he was number 1 – and Colo had to follow his lead – he wasn’t and isn’t good enough for that.

    He then was injured / not picked when he got back I think he had been, for want to better words, put in his place. Colo was imo the clubs number 1 player, (I accept others thought Barton, Nolan etc) but Colo was definitely number 1 CB.

    Taylors had to follow Colo’s lead ever since – for our betterment. (That’s my take anyway)

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  5. As much as I’ve always liked Taylor, got to agree with you Stardust, lets hope things keep moving that way and the team keeps improving. Things are looking good and can only get better I hope

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  6. JJ – that’s my point though, those defenders played in a solid back with Dixon and Winterburn solid fullbacks alongside them. They made up the infamous Arsenal flatback four.
    We don’t have that.

    Stardust – I do think our back 4 looked less penetrable with Saylor in it and it would have been interesting to see just how much he had improved had he stayed fit. I know Colo has had to do alot of covering for the other 3 and therefore at times has looked slow, but the stand out game for me was the WBA game when Odemthingy left him standing – tactics yes, we played too high a line that day. A player having an off day – yes also likely but I don’t see him getting quicker with age and teams would look to exploit any weakness, because with his back to Krul and facing the game I don’t think there is a better CB can read the game.

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  7. Pup – I love my tat and like I say, came out think right what am I getting next. The lad has done a great job of it. I meant with all the big pieces you boys are getting and the length of time ya sitting through them my 2hr sitting was fuck all 🙄 😆

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  8. Ice – never saw those quote from him! Shows he has grown up a lot.

    Sharpy – saw your message earlier fella cheers. Re Colo – think he is lightyears quicker than Terry so there’s hope. A CB’s job is rarely to rely on pace alone as others have said. Position position position – and I love the way Colo almost burgles the ball from players. They are like – how did he do that 😆

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  9. @sharpy trust me mate if they could paint the bastard on with a brush and id be out of there in 5 mins it would suit me more

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  10. Ironically in a conversation of Colo and tattoos, I know the kid that tattooed the piece on Colos chest and he said he was a really good lad. Not arrogate or flash or up his own arse. In fact, my mate (who has no interest in football at all … weirdo) was telling Colo that his son was a big toon fan, a couple of days later Colo brought a signed toon top in for his boy.

    I hope he stays and honestly think he will.

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  11. TROY STAVERS
    I’m Senegalease, but I’m a NUFC fan since 1998 but youre right, Newcastle is the team of the moment in Senegal!

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  12. STARDUST i study games a lot,think back and look at the game where colo tweaked his groin couple of games ago,you will see he was forced to over-stretch once was simpson badly out of place,colo timeing is perfect was never injured in two yrs in spain very little for us,how many top defenders can do that,not a lot, fellow defendeners bad play at times causes injury

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  13. Sharpy I think (hope) the only think that’ll stop Colo staying will be if Ashley wants him to take a cut in wages. Which is fair enough really, I mean he could probably get more elsewhere so I think he wouldn’t be too pleased to be offered a wage reduction.

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  14. Great point Ice ! I always remember way back – Saylor was one thing we always agreed about – howd you feel about him these days?

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  15. I just realised – I’ve met Colo twice. Once in Tescos at Kingston Park next to the bit where they sell Monopoly and stuff, and once in Toys R Us when the bairn wanted some toy Daleks.
    Maybe if Ashley offers him Pictionary and Deluxe Scrabble he can seal the deal.

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  16. STARDUST taylor thought he was top dog well his dad the agent told him
    he was,i think the lad has improved got shot of his dad and has started learning from colo in training,he said as much,otherwise he means he has been put in his place,i do think hes fitness prone like he doesnt just miss a few games but half seasons

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  17. Looks like we still think the same on that front Ice – I totally forgot his dad was advising him – wasn’t McKay at one point?

    Anyway looks like (correct me if I’m wrong) you also think he isn’t the best long term option? Though I’m not so much injury reasons – I just don’t see him as cultured.

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  18. Well as much as people are saying Colo helps Saylor, I think from my viewing, Saylor has done his fair share to help Colo out the mess.

    His positioning isn’t always great. But he is brilliant in the air. not many beat him. And he covers for Colos lack of aerial dominance.

    He also does a good job of closing down shots and intercepting passes.

    He also chips in with a fair amount of goals. And is good in possesion, unlike Williamson and Simmo…

    He is a lot better than you give him credit for Stardust.
    Still young for a defender too.

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  19. What postion do you play Stardust or did play? I used to do either wing or behind the front man or men. Was rubbish, but used to enjoy it. Loved the training with newcastle back in the day, 90/91, often played right wing when training, but could never keep up with the lads, only got to do it coz of people in the know. They were great days though, wish could have them back

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  20. STARDUST no your not wrong,imo we need a top c/h to play with colo,taylor is a good back up some say play him right back,seen him once
    but balls played in behind him hes lost as with simpson his head spins like a top

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  21. Right lads was wondering what you thought of this team/formation for the game against wolves, and if it was to work the rest of the season: ——————-Krul——————– Simpson(or Taylor depending on form)-willo-colo-santon. —————tiote———————— —Cabaye —————Gutierrez — —————–HBA———————- ———-Cissé——Ba—————— that is a great formation/team allowing gutierrez and Cabaye to support the full backs as well as storming down the wings to send in a cross or even send a through ball to either the Senegalese front-men or HBA. Would work wonders I feel, however it will mean tiote is on his own in cm if they both go forward. Tell me what ya think

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  22. I’m not saying we couldn’t improve on Saylor.
    But I am saying whoever we did bring in would need to be very.good in the air and have Saylor like attributes with a better positional sense, in order to be considered better.

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  23. JJ i will agree he works well in the air ect but if we are looking to move forward we need a better class of c/h to play with colo imo,back up c/h yes and who knows working with two top defenders will help bring him along as you say hes just young

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  24. Still playing Simon, I’m versatile to a decent standard – I’m a very good player on good pitches, struggled when younger on poor pitches – though like a fine wine much improved with age on the poorer pitches.

    I always played either MF (Centre in the main though right when younger).), LB,) but I’ve played around 12 maybe more of the last 24 years (since 18) at Centre Back. I’m only a dwarf at 5’9 but I do very well, play against Alliance, Northen League and Ex Pro lads often, still play now, 42 in a few weeks. I think even Troy would say I was a good defender, very tough to get past. My father was a top drawer CB in his day, had the chance to play for Liverpool and Scumberland – but in the day the money wasn’t in it. He died a few years ago – all of the players from the cup winning days all turned up at his funeral. 30 years on and they hadn’t seen him. Great game football 🙂

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  25. SHARPY17 @147 i get it m8 , the thing is with a tat you should only get one you feel comfortable with and it has too be one you really want . Once you get your first the rest follow , its addictive !!!!!!! i once said i would only get 1 , now both my arms are full and next week my entire back as well .As for the bleeding , did you have a pint or two for a bit of dutch courage ? beer is not a good idea before the needle goes in , it makes you bleed as a slaughtered swine . The thing with tats is ,go with what YOU want and dont listen too any one else . `They are personal things that you carry for the rest of your life . Mine are based on , i had an accident that nearly killed me where i was in intensive care for 6 weeks and Maoris belive their tats are visable in the after world .that made me think a bit about what there is else where after we are gone .

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  26. Stardust, cant say I’ve had any skill whatsoever. Played with mates on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday a few years back, but not an any level.

    I trained with Newcastle and was offered a contract, but only because of Gav playing for them at the time. I was unfit back then, but used to enjoy it. Only thing I was ever semi good at was talking tatics with the lads and KK, but at least they let me join in and have a laugh with them. Great days

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  27. Nice to see the way our ‘supporters’, get behind Ryan Taylor. A solid professional, family man, always gives 100% to the cause, plays out of position for us no problem, about the best delivery/free kick taker at the club only Cabaye comes close. He has set up or scored countless goals (including a role in the run up to Ba’s goal against Villa where he was badly injured for his troubles) Give your fuking heads a shake man. OOh we should support Nile Ranger for knocking people unconcious and armed street robbery. He acts as if he has made it, he has done f all whilst people like Ryan Taylor achieve goals and assits on the pitch and get treat like dog shit.

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  28. Sorry If someone has replied to my previous comment, I can’t see the comments so can’t reply. If no one has replied then ignore this.

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  29. …actually, come to think of it, push comes to the shove, I’m sick of Colo’s curls. Anachronisms are one thing.

    Fresh fruit, for rotting vegetation I’d say.

    If we’re gona push forward with any real ambition, he needs to get his fkin hair cut. Strites. Nee bollocks.

    Man up Curlo, ye fkn negging eejit! 😯

    Get wit de pwo-gwairm 🙄

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  30. ..and while we’re discussing hairstyles, he needs to have a fucking word with his mate anral, Spiderboy (or whatever the fuck his name is).

    stupid ponce

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  31. …actually Gary, I just imagined life without Coloccini. To be fair though, I forgot it straight away. Does that count?

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  32. We ain’t going to the party 😎
    We ain’t going to the game 😯
    We ain’t going to the disco 😕
    Ain’t gonna cruise down main ❗

    We’re stealing people’s mail
    stealing people’s mail
    stealing people’s mail
    On a Satdi neet

    Drivin’ in the moontins
    Winding ‘roond in ‘roond
    Rummage back thru ye mailboxes
    Take your mail back te the tooon….. 😉

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  33. ………………………………(sidenote)

    Pardust and Snootle up a tree
    Discussing bollocks endlessly

    Go to work on a bully. 😎

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  34. Anyone reckon that the 4th spot is our’s to grab it,seeing how dreadful Arsenal has become,Chelsea internal problem still brewing. What’s left to challenge is us,and the loserfools. 🙄

    3rd spot is definitely goes to Spurs.

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  35. ———–Krul
    tavernier-Wilo-talor-Santon
    ———–Tiote
    —-Cabaye—Guthrie
    ———Ben Arfa
    ——-Cisse—-Ba

    would be the way to go next season..long live st james!!!!!

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  36. Sorry Simon – fell asleep! You knew Gav? Peacock? And talked Tactics with KK – ha brilliant – amazing memories I bet – if you were getting offered a contract of NUFC – you would be a better player than me. Still play with (although they’re retiring around me) ex NUFC juniors and reserve players – they have a touch of class about them I haven’t got! Though I read the game very well (mind orientated not feet lol)

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  37. I have to say I agree with JJ @173 – Saylor is massively underrated! I agree that in the past he has been prone to making mistakes etc, however we must remember he is still only 26-years-old and has plenty of time left to mature into his role.

    For me, his start to the season was phenomenal! In my opinion, his performances were only a tiny margin behind Colo’s and as a partnership they complimented each others style superbly.

    The big issue with Saylor is injuries. This isn’t the first long lay off he has suffered and they will be doing his progression no good at all. If we can get him back and keep him fit for a full season next year then I believe he will become a crucial player for us.

    I’ve said plently of times that I believe we have enough to get us by in terms of quality ’til the end of the season. I do believe strengthening in the summer will be vital, though. If we had Colo, Saylor AND another top quality CB like Douglas, then I reckon that alone would help us hugely come next season.

    As a few people have pointed out, full backs are important too, of course. Simpson, for me, should now be allowed to leave on a free. It’d be a shame to lose him as he is certainly progressing despite often making mistakes, but his hesitancy to sign a contract is now becoming boring when in all honesty he isn’t that good anyway.

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  38. Stardust, yeah he’s my cousin or more 2nd cousin but close enough. Only got the offer of a years contract because of that. I had just got myself a job and knew that after a year I would have been booted out of the club, so turned it down and trained to be an accountant at the time. So even when I was young, sort of sensible or was that just stupid? But no, I was never good. The lads at that time and KK were all so down to earth and I really enjoyed it. Always wish I could do it all again

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  39. Whats with the Saylor bashing 😯

    He was amazing at the beginning of the season and has improved his game massively. But I agree with Stardy, at a time he was prone to putting us in danger with his (all about me) antics. but he’s totally changed since those days.

    @Simon wow! a real life footballer on the blog that worked with KK 😯 I bow to you m8. I’d love to hear some tales sometime. you might know the excoach that told Troy Tiote/Krul were leaving 😉

    and respect to stardy still playing at 42 😆 I keep fit daily but football training is a different matter altogether, especially those auld bone healing after breaks.. just found a vid of stardy he posted a while back http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=Ero3ZgyszbQ

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  40. DAVE 1st class creep ,and will you plz have a word with dog at this rate dog will be agreeing with stardust how good the mighty mike is 😯 😆

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  41. Axel – sorry mate I turned I’m for the night without signing off. I don’t really drink to be honest mate. I used to, a bit too much if truth be told so knocked it on the head when I started shift work and the boy tipped up. Only drink on planned nights out now like.
    Think the bleeding was down to all the shading with it being a portrait.
    I like the maori designs though, big rugby fan too and the all blacks boys all have them.
    6 weeks in intensive care would give ya plenty time to decide what you wanted like, I take it your all good now though mate?

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  42. Batty i’ll have a word with him, maybe it was the JD doing it to him 😆
    Sharpy I can’t believe you felt a bit embarrased about your Tat, the most important think is to get something you want and means something to you. You will never regret getting a portrait of your child.

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  43. @simon

    Just read Stardusts comments about his football ability.

    To be fair, he is a tenacious defender and it makes the more remarkable because not only is he only 5’9″ tall, which is small for a CB, but he also has chicken legs. 😆

    I put it down to one of those crazy chickens in the farmyard that hasn’t quite realised its wings will never get him in the sky to fly but the enthusiasm lifts them off the ground a few feet.

    Picture Stardust running round like a headless chicken flapping his arms and chicken legs and you can now understand how he gets his game.
    😆

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  44. @Batty/Dave

    Nearly right lads but not quite.

    The proper term is a pug nosed creep. 😆

    Have a look at a Gulper eel which lives in the deepest deepest of any ocean the Marriana Trench in the Pacific Ocean.

    It’s Stardusts double . 😆

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  45. To be fair to Dave, Batty and Troy – Creeps the nicest thing they’ve called me in years. I should be honoured 😆

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  46. Troy the gulper eel is one ugly fish with a hell of a big mouth which is the same as Stardy, add to that that they are quite rare which Stardy’s views are quite rare. 😆

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  47. Just looked up Dave, Batty and Troys love triangle on Wikipedia – states “Wooybacks, often seen roaming the welsh valleys bleating the same tune, occasionally getting bummed off a welshman in wellies – but not as often as they would like to. 😆

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  48. 🙄 Funny enough I looked up stardy and it said the name often refers to a sexual aid mostly used by male millionaire sports retailers. They are normally disposable but can be reused 😉 So it looks like you need to start looking for another ass to attach your pug nose to 😆

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