FABRICIO Coloccini says Alan Pardew retains the full backing of his Newcastle United players – as the manager prepares to serve the first game of a seven-match suspension.
Pardew will be banned from the stadium for the club’s next three games for headbutting Hull City’s David Meyler – and will watch tomorrow’s game at Fulham on TV after giving his team talk from the Magpies’ west London hotel.
Pardew, also banned from the touchline for a further four games and fined a combined £160,000 by the FA and the club, has delegated his matchday duties to experienced assistant John Carver.
Captain Coloccini, available again after returning from a week’s compassionate leave, says the Meyler incident has not affected Pardew’s relationship with his squad.
“Of course we are behind him,” Coloccini said. “He’s the manager, and he is like our team-mate. The players and the club supports him.
“He knows what he did. It’s finished. All of us can do something wrong.
“After these seven games, he is going to have the chance to show to everyone it was a mistake, and no more than that.”
Coloccini also has faith in Carver, who assisted Sir Bobby Robson during his time in charge at St James’s Park and was caretaker manager for one game in 2004.
“He’s an experienced man,” added the 32-year-old. “He was here for the best years when Sir Bobby Robson was here.
“It’s nothing new for him. He has all of our help.”
Eighth-placed Newcastle go into the game against basement club Fulham looking to make it three Premier League wins in a row after victories over Hull and Aston Villa.
“It’s a very important game,” said Coloccini. “The manager is normally on the bench, and John Carver is going to be manager of the team.
“We can keep going, and do what we did in the last two games.
“We want to get a great result for many reasons.”