January 2013 Archives

It was Bill Shankly who once said: "Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude.

"I can assure you it is much, much more important than that".

However, while Shankly got almost everything else right during his football career, I can't agree with the above statement.

Sometimes, other things have to come first and in a month of uncertainty for Fabricio Coloccini, it has been his family in the last few weeks - hence talk of a return to Argentina that in the end never materialised.

In the aftermath of Loic Remy's decision to snub Newcastle United in favour of Queens Park Rangers it made me wonder just what direction the game is heading when it comes to player ambition and certainly passion.

Once upon the Tyne, a certain fella called Les Ferdinand opted to make the switch from Loftus Road to St James' Park to pull on the famous number 9 jersey.

Yes, he was well paid for it, but the fact that Sir Les was far from happy when Kevin Keegan told him he was taking the shirt away from him spoke volumes for his passion for the black and whites.

ALAN PARDEW says he is looking to resolve the uncertain situation surrounding Fabricio Coloccini sooner rather than later.

The defender has been heaviliy linked with a move to San Lorenzo.

Pardew did not want to go into detail about the South American's future today after the 0-0 draw with Norwich City.

But he did say that he will be holding a meeting with Coloccini to get to the bottom of any potential problems.

Norwich City 0 Newcastle United 0

By Lee Ryder on Jan 12, 13 04:50 PM

UNSETTLED FABRICIO Coloccini helped Newcastle United take a point at Carrow Road this afternoon.

The 0-0 draw with Chris Hughton's side halted a run of seven successive away defeats in all competitions.

But the outcome leaves Newcastle deep in the relegation battle in the Premier League after results elsewhere saw United slip further down the table.

by Lee Ryder, Evening Chronicle

ALAN PARDEW has told Gael Bigirimana he has already passed the test of his first big season at Newcastle United with flying colours.

The teenager has been one of the highlights of the campaign for the Magpies this term after arriving from Coventry City for a nominal fee.

Battling Bigi's attitude has been fantastic this term.

by Lee Ryder, Evening Chronicle

ALAN PARDEW has backed his No 9 Papiss Cisse to "carry the flag" for Newcastle United in their bid to avoid relegation.

The Senegal striker was restored to his central role today for the Premier League clash with Norwich City - a position he will retain until the end of the season.

Pardew, still actively pursuing Marseille star Loic Remy, said goalscoring responsibility will also be placed on the shoulders of Shola Ameobi and troubled reserve-team striker
Nile Ranger in the coming months.

However, Cisse - who has six goals to his name this term - will be the man asked to fill the void created by Demba Ba's exit.

by Lee Ryder, Evening Chronicle

NEWCASTLE UNITED are making swift moves in the January transfer window - in the event of Fabricio Coloccini leaving.

French sources have suggested that Magpies officials were in France again today to run the rule over a list of potential replacements for the 30-year-old defender.

The Chronicle understands though that a "personal matter" involving Coloccini's family is the ONLY reason he wants to leave the club.

Perhaps in the aftermath of the disappointment after the Brighton FA Cup exit, a few people missed my thoughts about the current state of Newcastle United.

So here is a recap and a few little responses to some of the Tweets that have came my way in the last couple of days.

First some of the Tweets...

Ask any Newcastle United fan what they thought of 2012 and they will respond with mixed emotions after experiencing some incredible highs followed by some almighty lows.

Finishing the season in fifth spot was a surprise to many observers in football, and in truth few Toon fans expected a Europa League slot when the 2011/12 campaign began.

It meant that the year 2012 resulted in expectations rising on Tyneside but failure to invest in the squad last summer ultimately cost the Magpies dearly in the second part of the year.


Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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