Reports: Fabricio Coloccini to replace Alan Pardew as Newcastle manager

Fabricio Coloccini

According to reports tonight, Newcastle could on the verge of appointing Fabricio Coloccini as a replacement for Alan Pardew.

2014 may be coming to an end, but the final few days of the calendar year are handing us one of the most remarkable stories of the Premier League season.

After months of protests, Newcastle fans will finally see the back of manager Alan Pardew, with the 53-year-old set to up sticks and move back to former club Crystal Palace as their new boss.

Pardew has never been a popular figure with the Magpies faithful, but with Pardew seemingly hours away from being confirmed as Neil Warnock's replacement at Selhurst Park, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley must now consider who to replace him with.

We've already heard of Tony Pulis and Frank de Boer being linked with the job, but now The Independent suggest that Ashley is going down a completely different route.

They are reporting that Ashley is poised to hand the job to centre back and club captain Fabricio Coloccini, in what would be one of the most shocking Premier League appointments in recent history.

The Argentine, who joined from Deportivo La Coruna for £10m back in 2008, has established himself as the heartbeat of the Newcastle defence, and one of the most passionate players in the squad.

His no nonsense defending and never say die attitude have not only made him a popular player at St. James' Park, but also a revered captain - but now his role could be so, so different.

Only turning 33 in January, Coloccini would be the youngest manager in Premier League history should he be appointed in the coming weeks, and that represents a daunting challenge for the experienced defender.

Still, the Magpies crowd love him and will back him to the hilt, and maybe a united support for a manager is just what Newcastle need in light of Pardew's volatile spell as manager.

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