Fabricio Coloccini issues grovelling apology ahead of Liverpool game

Fabricio Coloccini
Fabricio Coloccini

Fabricio Coloccini has issued an apology to Newcastle United fans ahead of this afternoon's game against Liverpool.

Last weekend's 5-1 defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend saw the club drop into the Premier League's relegation zone.

Steve McClaren's 19th-placed side are three points adrift of safety.

And Coloccini, the club's under-fire captain, has had his say in his latest programme column.

"I would like to apologise to the fans, the staff and the club, because we as players did not do our job," he wrote.

"Our day off was cancelled and we were brought in for extra training, which was the right thing to do.

"We have been working all week to make up for that performance and the one against Leicester a fortnight ago.

"We have to understand and accept all criticisms around the club and city, from fans and journalists, because the results are not here at the moment.

"We are not doing our jobs well, so it is only fair that they are criticising us."