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.
FabricioColoccini does not have the same appeal to the supporters of Newcastle United as he used to have a few years ago. The Argentine defender has seen his popularity in the club take a plunge. The experienced player has even had to deliver an apology to the supporters of the Premier League club.
Newcastle United had a very frustrating past season in the Premier League as they were at genuine risk on numerous occasions of getting relegated into the Championship League which resulted with John Carver being sacked and removed as the coach of Newcastle United as he was replaced by Steve McClaren.
Not only it was a disappointing campaign for Newcastle United as a whole but it was a specially underwhelming one for FabricioColoccini as he had a personal issue with Tim Krul and was at the verge of having his captain armband stripped away from him.
The 2014-15 Premier League season is over and Newcastle United managed to stay safe away from the bottom relegation zone by securing the 15th spot but this hasn’t stopped reports and articles from popping around that suggest the club to have Coloccini removed from his captaincy role and that it should be given to Daryl Janmaat.
Daryl Janmaat was voted by the supporters of Newcastle United as the Player of the Season as he was one of the few players who managed to stand out with a string of impressive performances and actually helped out the club in their quest of avoiding the bottom relegation zone, FabricioColoccini on the other hand struggled to guide his teammates through the tough times that the club has been experiencing and as a captain, this has to be the primary focus.
Steve McClaren is the new coach of Newcastle United and he has to make the decision if he wants to strip away the captain armband from FabricioColoccini and give it to another player or if the recently appointed manager wants to give the Argentine defender one more chance to prove himself.
FabricioColoccini has been a player of Newcastle United since 2008 and the Argentine defender was promoted to the captaincy role of the Premier League club in 2011 and things were going incredibly well for Coloccini as he was included in the Professional Footballers’s Association Team of the Year in 2012 due to his consistently high level of performances that he made in that season.
There was a period of time when Coloccini was without doubt the leader of Newcastle United as the defender pushed forward for his team whenever it was needed but things have started to fall apart for the Argentine defender.
Newcastle United is going through a horrendous moment in the Premier League as the team of John Carver sustained their 7th successive league defeat after facing off with Swansea City on April 25 and if they are not able to bounce back from this streak of consecutive defeats, being relegated can turn into a real possibility.
Coloccini seems to have struggled more than anyone else in the team and this was evidenced by the red card that the defender received during Newcastle United’s match against Everton a few weeks ago.
It is now being rumored that FabricioColoccini might not be the captain of Newcastle United by the next season as John Carver is believed to be on the verge of giving the captaincy armband to Daryl Janmaat in the summer.
John Carver revealed details concerning the captaincy situation of his team as the 50 year old English manager said: ‘’The captaincy is something that has to be addressed by the football club.We need to give the captaincy to somebody who is responsible, who is a leader. The players will follow a leader, and they have to have discipline on and off the pitch. I shouldn’t have to go in there and manage that dressing room that’s what your captains are there for. I would definitely review the situation in the summer.’’
Daryl Janmaat is enjoying his first season as a player of Newcastle United and the Dutch defender is being taken into consideration as the next captain of the Premier League club after having made a string of impressive performances in his debut season.
Newcastle United secured the much awaited first victory for interim manager John Carver in the 3-0 victory against Hull City. After three successive defeats in the league under Carver, this victory came as a welcome relief for the team in many ways.
Defender and captain Fabricio Coloccini was also extremely delighted with the clean sheet, which was the first for the club since the win over QPR back in November. After this important result, Coloccini says that it is vital that the club go in search of their first home victory under Carver. Stoke City are the visitors to St James’s Park this weekend.
Home form will be very crucial for teams looking to finish in the top half of the table and Newcastle have not won in front of their own supporters since December. The exit of Alan Pardew has left a major void in the team, but Carver was recently confirmed as the manager until the end of the season. Stoke have been highly inconsistent under Mark Hughes this campaign. They have been able to spring some surprise away results, but the injury to Bojan Krkic comes as a major blow. Coloccini has once again said that every player in the squad has complete faith in Carver’s abilities.
“I tell you, we trust in the staff we have now. We are with them. We are going to push on all together.When John took over it was not the best situation for us. We were losing but now it is different. We have picked up a result.All the players are working very hard during the week on tactics and shape and I think we showed that on the pitch in the second half against Hull. We took advantage of the space they left when we counter-attacked,” said Coloccini.
Newcastle United became the first team to beat Chelsea this season after a brilliant 2-1 victory at St James’s Park on Saturday. Defender Fabricio Coloccini was one of the best players on the evening, as he kept Diego Costa quiet throughout the 90 minutes.
Even though Newcastle endured some nervous moments in the final few minutes after Didier Drogba pulled one back for Chelsea, they held on for a famous victory. The victory continues the impressive run of form that Newcastle have enjoyed for the last few months. Their current status seems a far cry from the poor start to the season.
Coloccini missed the last few matches due to an injury. He returned back to the Newcastle team, which had not won in the last two matches against Burnley and West Ham United, and his return coincided with a stubborn defensive performance. The crowd, which had been calling for Alan Pardew to be sacked only a few months ago, were at their best on Saturday and Coloccini paid tribute to the support by saying that they played a huge role in the victory. Newcastle have now reignited the title race, as Manchester City have closed the gap to Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho’s wait for league victory at St James’s Park continues as a result of this defeat.“The crowd have stuck with us.They have been with us through the bad times.We have to say thank you for that.They are always behind us during bad times though.Now there are some good times for them.They enjoyed the win the same way as us.I am very proud as captain.OK, people might say we didn’t play well because we didn’t have the ball in the first half,” said Coloccini. Newcastle travel to the Emirates stadium to take on Arsenal next week.
This year has not been the best for the manager of Newcastle United, Alan Pardew as he initiated the ongoing year by verbally abusing Manuel Pellegrini and more recently Pardew received a €60,000 fine from FA as well as another fine from Newcastle United of €100,000 after he head-butted the player of Hull City, David Meyler.
The head-but also saw Alan Pardew receiving a 3 match stadium ban and a touchline ban for 4 additional matches.
These recent sanctions has given added pressure to Alan Pardew and Newcastle United as the Premier League club is at the very bottom of the English League and now rumors are being circulated around linking Pardew with a move away from Newcastle United with other managers on the horizon of being selected as the new coach of the club.
Pardew is believed to be on the verge of being sacked with Steve Bruce and David Moyes being linked with the managerial position at St. James’ Park. The new coach will be decided after the owner of Newcastle United; Mike Ashley does indeed follow through with what all the rumors are pointing towards.
There has been another name that has been linked with taking up the managerial role of Newcastle and that is Fabricio Coloccini. Ever since Coloccini was signed by Newcastle United on August of 2008, he has established himself as a consistent and reliable defender which is why he captains the squad and is now even being taken into consideration to replace Alan Pardew.
Coloccini has recently been more of an influential player not only inside the playing grounds but outside of it as well as he is one of the leaders in the dressing rooms and the training sessions which are made at St. James Park and has turned into a surprising contender for the coaching role of the club which has been struggling so much in recent times.
One of the major problems for Newcastle last season came in the attacking department where they struggled to score goals on a consistent basis. Back when the likes of Demba Ba and Cisse were on song, the club scored goals for fun. There was also a shadow of doubt surrounding the club after they had failed to make a single permanent signing in the last 18 months. This has finally been addressed in the last few weeks of the transfer window. Newcastle have been one of the active clubs in the transfer window so far by bringing in the likes of Emmanuel Riviere.
After managing to score four goals in the friendly match against Sydney, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has confidently stated that goalscoring troubles for the club are finally behind them. Midway through last season, there was a possibility of Newcastle returning to European football. However, the hopes melted away in the second half of the season after a disastrous run of form that saw them suffer several defeats towards the end. Riviere is likely to be a key player for Newcastle going into the new campaign especially given that Cisse is yet to return from injury.
Newcastle lost in the opening pre-season match against Oldham last week. They seem to have won the race to keep Fabricio Coloccini, who came close to leaving the club last summer.
“We’ve signed a number of new players. We’re fortunate to have Siem on this trip – and Emmanuel. That’s helpful because in the striking department we were beginning to look like we were getting really needy towards the end of last year. We’ve addressed that. Hopefully, out here we can get a better balance between defending and attacking. We’re known for attacking football, but at the back end of last year, you wouldn’t have thought that had you watched us play,” said Pardew.
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.