When the Spanish coach took over the club last year, he made several changes that raised eyebrows but they have turned out to be the best decisions for the team overall, going by the achievements this term.
One of the aims of the former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Chelsea boss was to have a dependable backline. By March 2016, the sinking team had conceded 53 goals. The team was breaking into pieces so the coach had to make changes to reactions.
The skipper FabricioColoccini decided to exit the team – he was actually never the same since his failed move to San Lorenzo in 2013 – and Steven Taylor seemed like he would not be able to play to Benitez’s demands. They both left during the summer as the club relegated.
Benitez started his work by handing the arm band to an inexperienced Jamaal Lascelles. He did numerous uprooting and shifting until he got the team he wanted and deserved.
Bentiez took a bet on former Aston Villa man Ciaran Clark. He paired him with the skipper at the backline. Clark proved to be one of the best investments of Benitez, along with Dwight Gayle.
When (not if) Newcastle reach the Premier League, the opposition would be fiercer but the current pair deserves a chance to continue. They have actually been crucial to the surge of the team this season.
Aside all these, if Benitez does decide to play a three-man defence, Chancel Mbemba would make a great option to add to the pair. This would even allow DeAndre Yedlin flourish in right wing back role and contribute more to the attack with his pace.
The team is already looking ahead but they still have to manage any surprises from Brighton before the Championship season ends officially.
Fabricio Coloccini terminated his contract with Newcastle United by mutual agreement in July 5 as the centre-back made the decision of returning home by joining San Lorenzo in Argentina.
He made a move to the England side, Newcastle from Deportivo La Coruna in 2008 and impactfully featured in 248 league matches for the recently relegated team, Newcastle United.
Reportedly, due to the relegation of the Championship table leader from premier league, the defender joined San Lorenzo in his home country, Argentina.
“Goodbye For Now” He stated in his open letter to Newcastle United supporters.
“Certainly my football career is approaching the end which I’ve decided to continue with any field related to football after that.
“I will prepare myself for this and I will make sure I am able to become as a coach what I could not to become as a football player.
“Having this dual-feeling of the gladness of being able to return home and also the sadness of quitting from the most important section of my career, I hereby will say goodbye for now.”
In his letter, Fabricio also noted that he was hoping to one day return to the club, as a coach and help them win some titles. He also mentioned how grateful he was for the love they had showed him so far.
The managing director of Newcastle United, Mr. Lee Charnley said it is rare in this era of football that a player gives such length of service to one club; he commended Coloccini for his lengthy contribution to Newcastle United since he joined.
He stated further that the Argentine has been with the club for eight years has become a friend and colleague to many players and the staff. He expressed how he will miss him and he and the club entirely wish him all the very best.
Fabricio Coloccini, who had previously featured for Newcastle United as a defender, recently opened up about some of his interests outside football most particularly, ‘the brutality and barbarity of humankind.’
Coloccini had stayed on at the Tyneside for about eight years, out of which in the last 5, he wore the captain band for his team. He recently left the Magpies just this summer, returning to Argentina where he currently is with San Lorenzo.
Coloccini, as revealed in his interview has shown a high level of interest in warfare and great leaders in history. Amongst them, his interest lies more with Che Guevara, who was an Argentinian revolutionist.
All this he revealed in a fascinating interview held with Goal.com. He also talked about how the Cuban revolution and Guevara influenced his footballing career and his life as well
Coloccini said: “I got into the Cuban Revolution because I like Che Guevara and got to know about it. I highlight the thought that he had at that time and the courage all these men had for what they did, fighting for the idea.
“We all know that the powerful always abuse the needy. There are things that happened long ago that maybe could have gone better, but love for that ideal and what they did is extraordinary.”
Coloccini also talked on how he began developing interest in Fidel Castro, which finally saw him travel to Cuba in the company of two friends with similar interests as well. With a rented car, they had gone to the south of the island and onto the area where the Granma, a ship that was in charge of transporting fighters from Mexico to Cuba usually docked.
Their visit also covered the area which Castro had commanded, though it is more different, more urbanized than it was in those times.
The contract of Fabricio Coloccini with Newcastle United Was been terminated by “mutual consent” on July 5th as the Centre-Back joined San Lorenzo in Argentina.
The Argentine signed for Newcastle from Deportivo La Coruna in 2008 and went on to make 248 league appearances for the club. But due to their relegation to the Championship, from the Premier League the defender has returned to his native country, Argentina to join San Lorenzo.
“Goodbye for Now”: Fabricio Coloccini wrote in an open letter to Newcastle United fans.
His words; “Without a doubt, my playing years are coming to an end and I will continue with a football-related career after that. I will prepare myself for this and I will work towards being able to achieve as a coach what I was unable to as a player.
“Maybe one day, I can return and contribute to winning a title for this club and the best fans in England.
“With mixed emotions of the joy of being able to return home but also the sadness of leaving the most important phase of my career, I’d like to say goodbye for now. I’m forever grateful for the love you have given me and the opportunity to grow as a footballer and, most importantly, as a person,” he added.
Newcastle’s managing director Lee Charnley said: “It is rare in football these days that a player gives such length of service to one club and I would like to thank Colo for his contribution to Newcastle United since he joined us before the start of the 2008-09 season.
“In the eight years he has been with us, Colo has become a firm friend and colleague to many players and staff, past and present, who I know will miss him. We wish him all the very best for his future career.”
FabricioColoccini has left Newcastle United by mutual consent and will be returning to his native Argentina. The player will be joining his local club, San Lorenzo.
The player has always stated that he wanted to end his career in his country, and this is what he will be doing.
The former Newcastle United captain has spent 8 years playing in England and believes that it is high time for him to return home. FabricioColoccini made his debut for Newcastle United in 2008 when he signed from Deportivo La Coruna. His first game was against Manchester United on the opening day of the season when the Magpies managed to get a draw at Old Trafford. Since then he has made 275 appearances for the team and established himself as an important player. He will end up becoming the Newcastle captain for several seasons.
Newcastle managing director said that he would like to thanks, FabricioColoccini for his contribution to the club and for what he has done as a player. He said that it is rare to see such player nowadays as FabricioColoccini has always placed the interest of the club before his own. He said that the player has always been friendly with players as well as staff alike. He had always made others feel at home at Newcastle United and said that the club would miss him.
FabricioColoccini has stated that he has enjoyed playing for Newcastle United and that he has spent the best moments of his career there. He has wished the club luck for the next campaign and believes that the club has the necessary resources to win its promotion to the Premier League. He said that he would cherish all the memories he experienced while playing for Newcastle United.
Former Magpies captain Fabricio Coloccini has had his deal with the club terminated by mutual consent, according to reports from BBC.
The player left the recently relegated club from top flight football in England to the Championship and is back to his native country Argentina to play in San Lorenzo.
The 34-year old player made 275 appearances since joining them from Spanish outfit Deportivo La Coruna eight years ago. Managing director of the club told Newcastle website: “It is rare in football these days that a player gives such length of service to one club. In the eight years he has been with us, Colo has become a firm friend and colleague to many players and staff, past and present, who I know will miss him.”
Coloccini made his debut at Old Trafford and later went on captain the Newcastle squad with time. The player opted to return to his homeland following the relegation from the Premier League. Many players have been sold as the club tries to accommodate the new status in the lower division. The club sold Andros Townsend to Crystal Palace and eventually replaced the player with Matt Ritchie from Bournemouth.
Ritchie becomes the third signing at Saint James Park this summer, after striker Dwight Gayle and goal keeper Matz Sels. The former Real Madrid and Liverpool coach, who opted to remain at the club when they were relegated despite having a clause that could have prevented him from doing so, has declared that the club need not sell more players as they adjust to their new status.
Rafa Benitez told Sky Sports News HQ: “We knew we might lose players, especially Andros because he had a great season and he wanted to play in the Premier League. Then you have to react quickly and we were ready.” Newcastle are planning a return to the Premier League as soon as possible.
Newcastle is expected to be holding talks with San Lorenzo over the transfer of FabricioColoccini during the summer.
It is reported that the Argentinian club might be interested in signing the defender. The player is currently on contract until 2017.
Coloccini has stated that he wants to go to San Lorenzo during the summer. He said that he wanted to return to Argentine football and that he would love to play again in his country. However, he said that he respected the Newcastle fans for what they have given him and also their support.
Many pundits believe that Newcastle will be better off allowing Coloccini to leave the club. For some years now the player has seemed to be lacking motivation and that his head is elsewhere. Letting Coloccini leave will be the best solution for both the team and the player as well.
It is unlikely that Rafael Benitez will want to hold on to a player that clearly does not want to play for the team again. The Spanish manager will want to bring changes at the team as they seek to build a serious promotion push.
Playing in the Championship is never easy, and Newcastle will only want to keep only players that are determined to play for the team. Benitez has said that he will only sign players that will improve the team and also ready to put in a fight whenever needed.
FabricioColoccini joined the club in 2008 and had managed 248 appearances for the Magpies so far. However since a few years, his performance has been in decline and many fans have made their frustration known.
Coloccini believes that it is high time for him to return to Argentina and he said that he will want to end his career there.
Newcastle may continue to be without experienced campaigners like Fabricio Coloccini andDaryl Janmaat for the game against Manchester City, according to manager Rafa Benitez.
Newcastle have been trying to keep their heads above the relegation zone without much success. Benitez recently replaced Steve McClaren in order to try and help the club stay in the Premier League. He recently secured his first victory as the manager of the magpies. Just when it seemed that things could not get worse, Newcastle have received bad news in the form of injuries to Coloccini and Janmaat.
Captain Coloccini has been struggling with a calf injury since the start of February. Janmaat, meanwhile, has been struggling from a groin injury and also had a fracture on his hand. Benitez says that the prognosis before the game against City is not good. Benitez is especially disappointed with the news about Janmaat given that he felt the player provided a good balance to the team. Since both players are expected to be unavailable for the trip to the Etihad stadium to face a top team like City, Newcastle do not have much hopes going into the game. Benitez, though, has tried to point out to the 3-0 emphatic win over Swansea as a sign that the team is good enough.
“I was talking with them both before, so tomorrow we will see how they feel. I think (Tuesday) will still be too soon.At least we’ve seen Paul Dummett come back and we had a better shape about us because to play a right-footer on the left side is a problem for us.You can play the ball from the back sometimes from both sides when you’ve got people in the right positions and it’s better for us,” said Benitez.Paul Dummett came back to the starting line-up in the game against Swansea.
Fabricio Coloccini doesn’t believe there is any similarity between Newcastle United’s present Premier League campaign and the one in 2008-09 when they had suffered relegation.
Newcastle presently has got 17 points. Exactly at this point of time in 2008, they had got 22 points. So, they were in a better situation than this back then, but, they still got demoted eventually.
So, the Geordies’ fans have all the reasons to be concerned at the moment.
But, according to Coloccini, the playing group of Newcastle currently is quite different to what it was at that time. It’s far younger in comparison and it’s hungrier as well. So, there is a greater chance of a turnaround.
Speaking to the press yesterday, the captain said, “You can’t say it’s similar to 2008. We did not have as many youngsters back then as we have at this point of time and all of them are keen to make a mark. You can feel that from their body language.”
When asked if he’s disappointed to see that the star signings that Newcastle had made in the summer, they haven’t delivered so far, Coloccini said. “Look, they were part of big clubs before and probably wouldn’t have found themselves in such a situation ever. This is something new for them. But, they are quick learners and would have realized by now how hard the challenge is over here.”
“There’s no room for mistakes from here on in. Half of the season has already gone and we have not been able to collect too many points. So, it’s important we start collecting them now.”
Newcastle takes on Arsenal FC in their first game in the New Year at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
The Gunners, playing at home, would be the top favourites to beat the struggling Geordies.
River Plate were not expected to get a substantially good result in the game against Atlético Rafaela but they managed a 5-1 victory thanks to 4 goals from striker Fernando Cavenaghi.
The 17th round of the first division tournament saw River Plate field an alternate team in the hope of keeping the first-team fit. River Plate were conscious of slipping further down the table if they did not get a positive result against the minnows, who are near the bottom of the table. This was due to a consistent run of draws, which has seen the likes of San Lorenzo open an advantage.
Fernando Cavenaghi may be coming to the last few years of his career, but he once again showed the kind of quality that persuaded River Plate to sign him. He has now secured 11 goals in 18 games this season. Most of the goals, however, came in the game againstAtlético Rafaela, who managed to bring the game down to a score of 2-1 going into the half-time break. However, a rout of goals in the second half ensured a very comfortable victory for the away team. River Plate’s next game is against Guaraní in the Copa Libertadores semifinals. This match was the reason behind manager Gallardo resting his players.
“I’m not Messi. This will be a great memory for me. It’s important that the goals helped the team to win. We have a great squad and we can fight for both trophies,” said the striker after the game. Despite being 31 years old, Cavenaghi has been the most used striker in the squad with 18 appearances in all competitions. Youngster Driussi has been a surprise first choice regular with 10 appearance is already to his name. He has scored three goals in these matches and the manager will be expecting a little more.