Newcastle had planned on bringing in another defender over the summer.
Newcastle signed Chancel Mbemba over the summer, and were keen on bringing in another centre-back, but a report in the Chronicle has explained why the Magpies opted to keep Fabricio Coloccini instead of signing a new defender.
Coloccini was exceptionally poor last season, and he has started this term in similar form.
One good display against Manchester United has been forgotten for a number of games ending with the Argentine centre-back at fault for Newcastle dropping more points.
Due to his struggles last season, the plan over the summer was to always sell Coloccini, 33, and replace him with another new signing.
However, after the signing of Mbemba, the Magpies’ management board decided against selling Coloccini due to financial restrictions.
It is stated in the report that they could not find a defender who fitted within their budget, and they could not extend their financial means, so had to keep ahold of Coloccini instead.
Whilst a finically secure move over the summer, considering Coloccini’s current form, failing to bring in another centre-back could be one of the biggest mistakes Steve McClaren and the Newcastle board will make this season.