Newcastle boss Steve McClaren has directly accused Alan Pardew of lying about Crystal Palace’s apparent lack of interest in signing Magpies’ club captain Fabricio Coloccini.
Following on from the news that the Argentine has agreed to a new deal on Tyneside which could well see him finish his career in the North East, the former England boss has chucked some pretty stern words in Pardew’s direction, even though he hasn’t gone as far as naming him directly as the culprit.
Speaking to the press ahead of the start of the new Premier League campaign, he said:
‘It went beyond speculation. Although people deny it, it (the interest) is a fact. Don’t deny it, it’s a fact.
That’s affected Colo in terms of there is somebody out there offering him a three-year contract. I think it was a distraction.’
The comments arrive shortly after Pardew had himself issued a statement on Palace’s official site to suggest that we were in fact not interested in bringing Coloccini to the football club; a strange move under any circumstances, but one that adds further fuel to the fire over the possible reasons for McClaren’s audible frustrations.
Clearly, despite the official denial from our side of the fence, some form of discussions did take place between Pardew and his former captain, but in dragging this up in the national press, the new Magpies boss is potentially opening up a giant can of worms, which I’m sure both clubs would like to avoid delving into if at all possible.
You can be sure that our current manager has his own fair share of grievances with the Newcastle hierarchy and if pushed to air them, there is every chance he will, paving the way for a possibly endless stream of unnecessary barbs between the two coaches.
Whilst the newly welcomed Newcastle man might view Coloccini as pivotal to his potential success, there aren’t many on the St James’ Park terraces who appear to agree with him. Rightly or wrongly, it does seem as though Steve may have backed the wrong horse in this particular race. As always, only time will tell.