Alan Pardew asks Fabricio Coloccini to deliver Newcastle team talk

• Centre-half will stand in for banned manager at Fulham
• 'Colo will find a way to offer some assistance, I know he will'

Fabricio Coloccini has been invited to stand in for Alan Pardew and deliver Newcastle's half-time team talk at Fulham on Saturday.

With Newcastle manager serving the first game of a three-match stadium ban for head-butting Hull City's David Meyler, United's captain is poised for an enhanced role in the coming weeks.

"Colo can express his opinion at half-time because my opinion won't be there," said Pardew, who will watch events at Craven Cottage unfold via a live feed in a nearby hotel room where he will be accompanied by a video analyst. "I want to try a couple of experiments in terms of dealing with the team a bit differently and one of them involves Colo. I've said to Colo: 'You need to take a bit more of an active role in the next three games.'"

He has every confidence that his Argentina centre-half will ease the burden on John Carver, the club's assistant manager who will deputise for Pardew during a stadium ban that precedes a further four-game touchline suspension.

"Colo is not the type of person to do some Churchillian speech, that's not his way," Pardew said. "But he will find a way to offer John some assistance, I know he will."

The respect is mutual. "We are all behind the manager," Coloccini said. "He is like our team-mate. The players and the club support him. He knows what he did but it is finished. All of us can do something wrong."

If the captain is softly spoken, there seems little danger of Carver becoming tongue tied. "John's naturally vocal in the changing room so that's not going to change," said Pardew, who, despite not being prevented from contacting Carver by mobile phone, intends to leave his assistant alone on Saturday afternoon.

"The change for John will be that we can't predict Fulham's exact team. So at 2pm that team will come in and John's going to have to make a couple of tactical calls. Our predictions are usually 99% right but there's always one or two players who might come in and surprise you. John will have to decide what to do about them."

Carver can be combustible but he is expected to be on his best behaviour. "Some of the reporting about myself and my team was over the top after Hull," Pardew said. "But, having said that, we can't say we've been totally innocent, even before this incident, so we all need to address our behaviour. My staff all need to watch themselves." © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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