JOHN Carver says sceptical Newcastle United fans should judge Fabricio Coloccini on his actions – if they doubt the sincerity of his words.
The club’s captain penned an open letter to supporters after last weekend’s abject 3-0 defeat to Leicester City.
United’s eighth successive defeat edged the club closer to the Premier League’s relegation zone.
“On behalf of the squad we would like to apologise for the moment we are going through,” wrote Coloccini, who was in the Newcastle team which limply surrendered its top-flight status in 2009.
“Players and staff have come together in order to leave all past problems aside and to focus 100 per cent on the three ‘cup finals’ that we have left.
“I would like to make a call to all fans today to also leave aside all differences, all different opinions, anything that divides us as people who love this club.”
People will be critical because all season he’s not said anything and he’s saying it now.John Carver
Some fans, however, labelled the letter a PR stunt, and questioned whether it had come from 33-year-old Coloccini, who has looked a shadow of his former self this season.
Head coach Carver, speaking ahead of this afternoon’s home game against West Bromwich Albion, said the missive had “come from the heart”.
Carver held Coloccini’s handwritten letter up to the cameras at his pre-match Press call.
“Obviously, I couldn’t understand it (the letter), because it was in Spanish!” said Carver.
“But when I got the translation, I thought that I could tell it had come from the heart.
“You can tell. You can tell he means it, and irrespective of what has gone on, it has come from the heart. It’s his handwriting, he’s done it and it’s his idea – he wanted to do it.
“He’s been in this situation before where the club got relegated (in 2009), and he had to play in the Championship, which actually did him the world of good.
“It’s not from (the club’s Press officer), or me, or any of the guys – that’s from him. It’s from the heart.
“Like I said, people will be critical because all season he’s not said anything and he’s saying it now.
“But at least he’s stepped forward and said ‘John’s not the problem – we’ve got to sort it out ourselves’.
“I’m saying ‘I’m part of the problem, because I’m part of this team – definitely’.
“But him stepping forward with that speaks volumes.”
Coloccini, unlike predecessor Kevin Nolan, is not a vocal captain on the field.
Asked if he was hoping to see a more demonstrative Coloccini against West Brom, Carver said: “I’m hoping so. I’m saying yes, I want that, but the proof will be in the pudding, won’t it?”