Coloccini: Players backing Nwecastle Utd boss Pardew

Fabricio Coloccini
Fabricio Coloccini

FABRICIO Coloccini says Alan Pardew retains the full backing of his Newcastle United players – as he prepares to serve the first game of a seven-match suspension.

Pardew will be banned from the stadium for the club’s next three games for headbutting Hull City’s David Meyler.

And Newcastle’s manager will watch tomorrow’s game against Fulham at Craven Cottage on a TV monitor after giving his team talk from United’s west London hotel.

Pardew, also banned from the touchline for a further four games and fined a combined £160,000 by the Football Association and the club, has delegated his matchday duties to John Carver, his experienced assistant.

Captain Coloccini, again available after returning from a week’s compassionate leave, says the incident with Meyler during the club’s 4-1 win at the KC Stadium earlier this month hasn’t affected Pardew’s relationship with his squad.

“Of course we are behind him,” Coloccini said.

“He’s the manager, and he is like our team-mate. The players and the club supports him.

“He knows what he did. It’s finished. All of us can do something wrong.

“After these seven games, he is going to have the chance to show to everyone it was a mistake, and no more than that.”

Coloccini also has faith in Carver, who assisted Sir Bobby Robson during his time in charge at St James’s Park and also managed in his own right at Major League Soccer club Toronto FC.

Carver was caretaker manager for one game in 2004 after Sir Bobby’s dismissal.

The 49-year-old guided Newcastle to a 3-0 win over Blackburn Rovers – then dedicated the victory to Robson.

“He’s an experienced man,” added Coloccini, 32. “He was here for the best years when Sir Bobby Robson was here.

“It’s nothing new for him. He has all of our help.”

Eighth-placed Newcastle go into the game against basement club Fulham looking to make it three Premier League wins in a row after victories over Hull and Aston Villa.

“It’s a very important game,” said Coloccini. “The manager is normally on the bench, and John Carver is going to be manager of the team.

“We can keep going, and do what we did in the last two games.

“We want to get a great result for many reasons.”