Things with Fabricio Coloccini have been getting out of head, especially after the letter that he wrote to fans of San Lorenzo was revealed in the press.
In that letter he spoke rather lovingly about San Lorenzo and their attempts to sign the defender which annoyed a section of United fans. Where was our thanks for standing by him?
The ultimate resolution has been reached and that is that Coloccini will remain on Tyneside until at least the end of the season amid personal problems that I’m not really interested in as it’s not really any of my business. And now, ahead of the game against Aston Villa tonight, Colo has chosen to go public and speak to the fans of Newcastle who he claims are “like a family” to him.
First off he explained the letter. Alan Pardew had explained yesterday that some of it was lost in translation with some of the usual suspects being dismissive of his claims and questioning his Spanish skills. However Colo hints at the same thing himself.
“In the last few days the newspapers picked up a letter that I wrote,” said Coloccini. “The letter is true but the meaning of it is different once translated from Spanish to English.”
He went on: “I never said that I would go back to San Lorenzo. I never spoke to any team, the only reason to go back to Argentina would have been personal problems.”
“But they knew I am a supporter of San Lorenzo and the fans were excited because they thought ‘He supports us and this is a big chance to come to San Lorenzo’. The rumours were crazy because they thought I was coming back.”
“I would like to say to the supporters of Newcastle United Football Club that I want to stay here and I thank them for supporting me. The last few weeks have been difficult for them, I recognise that. This is my work and my job and I have to separate my job and my life. Everybody in life has problems and it is normal, that is life.”
Coloccini then turned his attention to Alan Pardew and praised the manager for his handling of what is clearly a delicate personal matter. Maybe this talk of a “personal journey” from Pardew last week wasn’t far wide of the mark?
“Every time in the last month or the last year he (Pardew) has been supportive,” said Colo “He knows a lot about me, about football and life.
“We met a lot of times. He said to me, ‘Listen, I am a person and you have to think like I’m your father’. He gave me advice and said, ‘I can speak to you like a manager and a father’. That is very important to me because he gave me a lot of help.”
“Some fans may have wondered ‘can he still be the captain if his head isn’t right?’ But the manager still had he confidence in me to give it.”
“It is extra motivation for me on top of the drive I already have, plus responsibility that I want to take. I will try to put the problems to one side.”
It’s a pretty extensive interview, but then it should be given the fact that he is our club captain and hasn’t spoken to the press since September, allegedly. I suggest you head on over to the Chronicle website, or use these links below to get there, and give it all a read.
Basically Colo confirms he will give 100% for United and also said that if he did leave it would have been for no other reason aside from personal problems, calling us a big club and saying that we’ve added some good new faces this January.
What do you make of it?