Coloccini asks fans to back Newcastle
Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini has written an open letter to supporters pleading for unity as the stricken club attempts to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
Coloccini has moved to ease the tension on Tyneside by making a public apology over Newcastle's "uncomfortable situation" and implored fans to put aside their frustrations over the club's predicament ahead of the three remaining games.
Newcastle are in genuine danger of dropping into the Championship after eight consecutive defeats under John Carver and their failed attempt to parachute in Derby head coach Steve McClaren only heightened the air of desperation around St James' Park.
Coloccini was involved in a bust-up with 'keeper Tim Krul after the 3-0 defeat at Leicester on Saturday but has retained the captaincy. And the 33-year-old has taken the surprise step of issuing a message to fans as Newcastle prepare for Saturday's visit of West Brom.