Newcastle United endured a torrid end to last season, and their terrible form has continued into this campaign too, with no wins and only four points to their name as the Magpies sit in the relegation goal.
Manager Alan Pardew has been under pressure for some time now. Fans were willing to give him time following the January sale of Yohan Cabaye, and the former West Ham United and Southampton manager was given backing in the transfer market with the arrivals of Daryl Janmaat, Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere and Facundo Ferreyra - yet none of them have had any success in the Premier League so far.
Fans have demonstrated and protested against Pardew's continued presence in the Newcastle dugout, but so far, owner Mike Ashley has stuck by the beleaguered Magpies boss - and now his captain Fabrizio Coloccini is also saying that he - as well as his team mates - still believe in the abilities of Pardew.
"We have to improve and look forward. It's a difficult time for us. But we have confidence in this group and the manager. We have a tight group and we're staying positive," said the Argentine.
Pardew appeared on the brink after the recent 1-0 defeat at Stoke City, but their last game saw them fight back twice to earn a 2-2 draw against Swansea City, and with the international break upon us, Pardew is able to buy himself some more time in a bid to finally get his side a win - and Coloccini's comments should help calm the situation somewhat.