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Newcastle captain Coloccini should be moved on

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It is time for a new regime and system to be implemented by head coach Steve McClaren and in order to do so he needs to get rid of all the negativity around the club.

And with club captain Fabricio Coloccini, 33, itching for a move away, he should grant him his wish. The Argentinian's disinterested attitude seemed to have an effect on his performance towards the end of last season as his lack of work ethic and leadership effected the team's performances as a whole.

As a player you look up to a captain as a role model but with his poor performances on display each week, it meant that there were no leaders out on the pitch. The team became divided and eventually sucked into a relegation battle; albeit Carver played a significant part in this.

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About a year from now, Coloccini had several meetings with the Newcastle board to push through a potential transfer back to his homeland and to San Lorenzo. But his wish was not granted.

With several reports linking old boss Alan Pardew with a bid to take him to Crystal Palace, Newcastle should just get rid and free up his very expensive wage package - believed to be around £60,000 a week - to fund a replacement. 

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Newcastle need to build a new centre half partnership. Mike Williamson is just simply not good enough as many fans have grown frustrated with his lack of pace and ball distribution.

Steven Taylor has lost a few yards of pace too, and looks as if he's sustained one injury too many. With 180 goals conceded in the last three seasons and 63 last team in the league, I think it's fair to say it's time for change.

With 21-year-old Jamaal Lascelles and 20-year-old Chancel Mbemba joining from Nottingham Forest and Anderlecht respectively this summer, Newcastle can start afresh.

These are the right calibre of players - athletic, strong and fast and adapted to the Premier League, but they need to ship the deadwood out of the club as quick as possible in order to fully start again.

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