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The 30 minute show from Coloccini that could turn the season

By Lee Ryder on Jan 29, 13 05:25 PM


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.

Covering Newcastle United is never dull when the chance to speak to the man that every journalist has been chasing for the last six months for quotes came up, it was hardly going to be turned down.

Coloccini has kept his counsel in recent weeks.

Much has been made of the Coloccini situtation this month and whether he was committed to the cause.

And many people wanted answers.

So to be in the room when he decided to break that silence and state his intentions at Newcastle was a heartwarming experience to say the least - not least after a letter published by San Lorenzo on their own website painting Coloccini as a man who wanted to quit the Magpies.

This was hardly a PR stunt from Coloccini, just a bloke who wanted to get his side of the story across.

Footballers can often get sucked into cliche laden conversations at the mere sight of a tape recorder or notepad.

But this was no normal interview.

Coloccini was clear and composed in his interview and when answering the questions put his way, his sincerity was obvious as answered the questions face to face.

His contributions have more often than not been wholehearted.

By the end of his interview it was more like an uplifting team talk from Coloccini after he'd opened his heart to a selected handful in order to then get his point across to thousands of others via the Chronicle.

The half an hour chat seemed to lift fans too.

And after a month of speculation, false stories that he'd walked away, talk that he'd go AWOL and suggestions he wasn't committed for football reasons, his words in the end provoked a positive response from fans.

He's talked the talk, now it's time to walk the walk and lead Newcastle United to safety.

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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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