Scott Parker has now left Newcastle for West Ham so we will need a new captain next season. Big Sam recently spoke about the attributes of being captain and weâ€™ll take a look at what he said.
In a piece we ran recently the choice of captain by our readers of those players already at the club seemed to be Nicky Butt with Shay Given probably getting the nod next.
But as we mentioned then it could also be someone who is not yet at the club and could come in during the summer.
This is what Sam Allardyce had to say yesterday about the attributes of good captains:
“I believe good captains are becoming a rare breed now.
“Natural leaders both on and off the field are not easy to find.
“That’s why finding someone to be our next captain over the next few weeks we will spend together will be a priority in my mind.
“And whether that will be someone who is already here or somebody I actually bring in to the club remains to be seen.”
“It is probably not an issue, but I remember when I signed Jay-Jay Okocha the last thing on my mind was that this type of player would be my captain,”
“But I have to say that in all my time as manager, Jay-Jay is the best captain I’ve ever had.
“Not only did he lead on the field but also off it.
“Mind you, the fact that he could actually speak four languages helped the squad we had at the time because he could communicate with players from Italy, France and Spain.
“As a result, the players used to listen and look up to him, and trying to find that sort of captain for Newcastle United will be very important in the next couple of weeks.”
As we have reported last week – Sam wants to take the players away on a 10 day training stint abroad – with the purpose of getting them together and getting to know each other. By then we would expect at least 6-7 new players in as part of the squad. It looks like after that trip Sam will choose tha captain. If it’s not Shay Given we would assume Shay would still be in the role as vice-captain – but that is not completely clear.
Let’s hope we get some players into the club over the next couple of weeks – certainly the Ashley takeover is now being completed rapidly – which is good news.