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The Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has said that he indeed fell out with the captain of the club – Fabricio Coloccini – just ahead of the visit by QPR during the weekend. Newcastle have had a poor run of results of late, which have increased the pressure on the manager Alan Pardew. After the spectacular last season, things have been extremely difficult for the club. They are closer to the relegation zone rather than being near the prospect of qualifying to Europe. As a result, there has been a lot of tension with the squad in order to get the results.

Pardew has admitted that he fell out with the Argentine defender Fabricio Coloccini just ahead of the match with QPR during the weekend. It was a match that Newcastle managed to win 1-0, which has delighted the manager. He has said that he spoke to Coloccini just ahead of the match by saying that they both are winners and hence, they are allowed to fall out with each other. However, he needed Coloccini to produce one of his best performances as the captain of the team. Coloccini did exactly that and Newcastle not only record the victory through Shola Ameobi’s goal, but also achieved a clean sheet as well.

They will now be taking on Manchester United in the difficult away trip on Boxing Day. “We fell out this week and we’re entitled to do that, as the captain and the manager. It was just a silly little thing and I know he was determined to get the result. I just said to him before we walked out on the pitch, ‘look we are both winners, we are allowed to fall out’. I said to him: ‘Be our leader today, be a captain and make sure they don’t get a sniff of goal’,” said Pardew.