Newcastle fan favourite denies speculation surrounding possible move to replace Pardew

Fabricio Coloccini

Fabricio Coloccini has played down talk that he could be the next Newcastle manager.

Alan Pardew's move to Crystal Palace is set to be confirmed in the coming days, especially seeing as John Carver took charge of Newcastle in their game against Burnley on New Year's Day.

Carver, caretaker manager of the club, watched on as side threw away the lead three times in a staggering 3-3 draw at St. James' Park.

That has put a big dent in Carver's hopes of replacing Pardew in the Newcastle dugout on a full-time basis, but he remains the favourite with the bookmakers.

One of the previous frontrunners with the bookies was bizarrely Fabricio Coloccini - the player who is currently captain of Newcastle United.

The Argentine, 32, was strongly tipped to be handed a player-coach role earlier this week, with The Independent reporting that Mike Ashley wanted Coloccini in the hot seat.

However, that doesn't appear to be the case, and after the draw with Burnley, Coloccini confirmed that he isn't ready for management - yet.

"I am a football player now and want to play for a few years more," said Coloccini. "I want to enjoy being on the pitch. It’s not for now."

The latter comment suggests that he does fancy himself in management at some point in his career, but with some time as a player yet, he doesn't want to replace Pardew right now.

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