FABRICIO Coloccini says he and his Newcastle team-mates are united behind manager Alan Pardew – and ready to pull through a “difficult” time for the club.
Pardew’s side are third from bottom of the Premier League.
Frustrated fans have again called for Pardew’s dismissal over the past few weeks.
But the 53-year-old – the top flight’s second-longest serving manager – retains the backing of club owner Mike Ashley.
And Pardew will be in the dugout for the home game against Leicester City a week today, a fixture which is followed a by a tough run of league and cup games.
Captain Coloccini, relegated with the club in 2008-09, has conceded that United must improve – and quickly.
But the 32-year-old feels that Newcastle’s squad is good enough to climb the table amid fears the club is facing a season-long relegation battle.
“We have to improve and look forward,” Coloccini said.
“It’s a difficult time for us. But we have confidence in this group and the manager.
“We have a tight group and we’re staying positive.”
Coloccini’s own form has come under scrutiny from supporters, with the defender having been culpable for a number of goals conceded so far this season.
The influential Argentina international, however, remains the first name on Pardew’s teamsheet.