AK - Newcastle Season Four Review – Fabricio Coloccini

Aaron's Season Four update with Newcastle United in the Das Football FM Head to Head Challenge.

Season four was much more enjoyable than season three, despite struggling to attract much real quality in the transfer window. We did however manage to get a few bodies through the door at St James’ Park to strengthen the squad for our top four push.

With this being the penultimate season of the Newcastle challenge, the main focus was to aim for a top four finish. We were there or thereabouts for the majority of the season and managed to steal points from teams above us on more than one occasion, however we could not sustain any decent form to mount a true top four challenge.

Niakhaté our centre back was our top scorer last season with 9 in all competitions, so we needed Pedro or Dolberg to step up and Pedro did exactly that with 20 goals, a much better return from our centre forward. Lucas Torreira came in and made a real difference as a ball winning midfielder, Johnathan David showed glimpses of quality, but never enough to cement a starting spot in the Newcastle team.

We ended up finishing in 6th place, starting the final game of the season in 8th place, a 3-1 victory over Aston Villa catapulting us into 6th place ahead of Chelsea and ahead of West Ham, clearing West Ham only by goal difference. The 6th place finish secured us European football in the Euro Cup (Europa League) competition, not quite the European Champions Cup (Champions League) we were after but European football nonetheless . We got knocked out of the League Cup by Bournemouth in the early rounds and had an exciting FA Cup run winning on penalties in consecutive games before then being demolished by Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in the semi final.


Below are all the deals made this season by Fabricio Coloccini:

The transfers in below were all made after season three so were included in season threes transfers.

Sean Longstaff was sold before season four officially started so was included in the previous seasons transfers.

Points total


  • 5th place finish + 72 points.

  • Season total: 72 points.


  • 9th place finish + 62 points.

  • Season total: 62 points.


  • 11th place finish +47 points

  • Season total: 47 points


  • 6th place finish +64 points

  • Season total: 64 points

Overall Total: +245 points

Looking to the future…
“Season five is set to be a big one in terms of the challenge, no trophies won, not even a manager of the month. So season five let’s aim for at least one manager of the month, maybe more and some silverware to add to the St James’ Park trophy cabinet. We have a fairly healthy budget of £114M to play with having already sold off some deadwood. Up the TOON!”

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