Mike Ashley listened and delivered for Newcastle United says Coloccini

OWNER ... Mike Ashley.
OWNER ... Mike Ashley.

FABRICIO Coloccini says Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley got the message this summer after signing nine players in the transfer window.

Newcastle fans were left frustrated last night after the transfer deadline passed without the club signing another striker.

Defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa left, joining AS Roma on a season-long loan but was not replaced, while Hatem Ben Arfa left in ‘extra-time’ as Hull City signed the Frenchman during a two-hour extension.

But captain Coloccini, who spoke to Ashley late last season before committing his future to at St James’s Park, feels the squad has a strength and depth which was lacking last season.

And the 32-year-old is also confident that United’s ambition, which has long been questioned by supporters during Ashley’s ownership, matches his own.

“I think everyone can see the way the club wants to go,” Coloccini told SportMail.

“They have brought in many players – good players – and the club has ambition as well. That’s important.”

Coloccini has a good relationship with Ashley and the defender gave him a player’s perspective on the team’s immediate needs during their discussions.

Weaknesses in the squad were exposed in the second half of last season in the wake of Yohan Cabaye’s January sale to Paris St-Germain.

“We spoke, but that’s normal,” said Coloccini, who is under contract at St James’s Park until the summer of 2016.

“Sometimes they (the board) are not in the changing room or at the training ground. Sometimes they need to know what’s happened.

“We want to go forward. I think they got that message. They have spent a lot of money.”

United’s investment this summer, which saw the likes of Siem de Jong, Remy Cabella and Daryl Janmaat arrive at the club, followed two transfer windows without a senior permanent signing.

Two of the club’s signings – Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow – have been loaned back to Nottingham Forest.

– MILES STARFORTH