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Coloccini begs fans to rally behind club on run-in


Coloccini (centre) after Newcastle's loss to Leicester

Coloccini (centre) after Newcastle's loss to Leicester

Coloccini (centre) after Newcastle's loss to Leicester

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini has begged the club's fans to put their anger to one side and cheer the Magpies to a crucial Premier League victory at home to West Brom on Saturday.

Coloccini has taken the unusual step of issuing an open letter through the club's media channels in the wake of another dismal week on Tyneside which saw coach John Carver survive crisis talks. Carver, who accused defender Mike Williamson of deliberately getting sent off in the Magpies' eighth consecutive league defeat at Leicester on Saturday, did not merit a single mention in Coloccini's extensive plea.

Coloccini apologised for the club's recent plight and insisted: "Players and staff have come together in order to leave all past problems aside and to focus 100 per cent on the three 'cup finals' that we have left.

"I would like to make a call to all fans today to also leave aside all differences, all different opinions, anything that divides us as people who love this club.

"On Saturday, please come to St James' Park, create a great atmosphere, support the team more than ever, because at the end of the day what matters the most here is Newcastle United Football Club. Today we need you more than ever. In these three games we need to be together, we need to be united."