Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini has claimed that the form of the team in the second half of the season has not been good enough by any standards. After being close to achieving a Europa league qualification during the first half of the season, Newcastle have no suffered five consecutive defeats at home. This has pushed them closer to the bottom half of the table, but they would have been struggling against relegation had it not been for the brilliant first half of the season. The poor run of form has coincided with the sale of Yohan Cabaye.
The French midfielder was sold to Paris St Germain for around £ 20 million. Since his departure, the club has found it difficult to get results. The latest 2-1 defeat against Swansea at St James’s Park has resulted in the fans voicing their displeasure against the management. The poor form of the players has also coincided at a time when Alan Pardew has been unavailable in the dugout. The manager had been given a touchline ban for his temperamental actions on Hull City’s David Meyler. Coloccini has recalled that Newcastle were just five points behind the fifth place towards the end of 2013.
However, they have slipped dramatically since then and the Argentine says that it is not good for the club.
“We are trying to win every game but our current form is not good enough. The fans are angry – we have to accept that. When you are not playing well, this is what happens. Recently we’ve been missing some players through injury like Loic Remy, Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko. It will be good to have them back once they are fit, they are top players. But if you are playing badly then it doesn’t matter who is in your team. We have to start playing like a team again,” said Coloccini.