Newcastle United beats Chelsea

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 Considered As Replacement For Pardew

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.

Pardew Believes Troubles Are BEhind Them

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.

Coloccini Disappointed In Newcastle

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.

COLOCCINI MISSES OUT

Newcastle United might have to travel to Chelsea without their captain and one of the most important players Fabricio Coloccini.

Coloccini had last made an appearance for the Magpies in the match against West Bromwich Albion on the first day of the year. He caused some damage to his knees during that game and has been sidelined since then.

COLOCCINI OFF?

One of the rumors that were believed on actually coming true last season was Fabricio Coloccini making his return to Argentina as the defender himself stated that he would like to exit his current club, Newcastle United and return to his childhood club San Lorenzo.

TIME TO CHANGE

The 31 years old Argentinean defender of Newcastle United Fabricio Coloccini has become a key player of the Premier league team ever since he made his arrival to the club back in 2008 but things are about to take a turn for him after his wife Natalia Coloccini delivered a series of messages in her twitter account stating that she left England and moved back to Argentina with their 2 children.

COLOCCINI RULED OUT

Fabricio Coloccini suffered a groin injury during a training session with his national side Argentina 2 weeks ago which has left him unable to play with Newcastle in their last matches.

His recovery was expected to be complete in Christmas although recent reports that have been airing are suggesting that the veteran defender might be able to get into the pitch sooner than what was initially believed.

COLOCCINI NOW HAPPY

Fabricio Coloccini, who came extremely close to leaving Newcastle United last January, has revealed that he is now happy to stay at Tyneside after sorting out his differences with the club.

The Argentine defender was linked with a move back to his home country with San Lorenzo extremely interested in securing his services. The 31-year-old said that he wanted to leave Newcastle because of several personnel problems, but Newcastle were steadfast in their refusal to allow the player to leave on a free transfer.

He was signed by the club for £ 10 million a few years ago and he has become one of the important members of the squad. He is the captain of the club right now, and Newcastle wanted much of the transfer fee they paid for him. San Lorenzo were unable to come up with the fee, which was astronomical for Argentine clubs with their limited resources. Ahead of the opening match of the season against Manchester City, Coloccini has said that he is very much looking forward to the year ahead with Newcastle.

He has said that there was definitely desire to leave Newcastle back in January, but it is all behind him now and he wants to give his best to Newcastle.

"My dream is to play at the top level of football. My family could understand that and that's why I'm here now. My relationship with Newcastle and with the fans was very important in helping me to make my decision. I've supported San Lorenzo since I was small, but I feel something for Newcastle now. It's well known that Pope Francis is a big San Lorenzo fan. He has a season ticket and everything," said Coloccini.

Newcastle recently received an offer for midfielder Yohan Cabaye from Arsenal. He is unlikely to play in the match against City.

Cisse and Newcastle United resolve Wonga dispute

Papiss Demba Cisse and Newcastle United have reached an agreement which will see the Senegalese international striker wear the controversial Wonga logo on the shirt next season despite his religious beliefs against money lending organizations.

Cisse, who is a practicing Muslim like many other players in the Magpies lineup, pulled out of the club’s pre-season training program after informing the club he was not ready to promote a money lending organization. However, with talks between the player and the club going on for over a week, it seems that there has been a resolution and the Senegalese striker is satisfied enough to be available for selection again.

The 28 year old has already been told to return to training with the first team after being told to train on his own as the club jetted off for their pre-season friendly matches. Cisse was not the only player in the Newcastle United team to object to the club’s new sponsors and although he took so long to come round and agree to play for the club with logo on their shirt, the likes of Chieck Tiote and Hatem Ben Arfa have already accepted the club’s stance on their new shirt sponsors.

The new sponsorship deal between the club and Wonga was announced last October with the high interest pay day loan company taking over the shirt sponsorship of the Magpies from Virgin Money for a reported £ 8 million a year.

PFA chief Bobby Barnes had sided with Newcastle United in June regarding the issue, admitting the clubs needed to find new ways of generating revenue and he didn’t see anything wrong with them signing with Wonga and now, Cisse has also accepted the stance with the club with having reached a solution with the club after a week of negotiations.

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