Geremi To Be Appointed Newcastle’s New Captain

Sam Allardyce will appoint Geremi as Newcastle’s new captain after holding off on a decision for a number of weeks.

Geremi had captained Newcastle in their last two pre-season friendlies and looked good in the job. He will probably play for Newcastle in midfield this season after greatly impressing in that position.

He can also play in either full-back position.


Sam and Geremi – manager and captain – sounds like a pop group 😀

Geremi of course was well liked at Chelsea and when he left, Jose Mourinho paid him a great tribute as a special team player and person. Jose said he would be missed very much by the London club. It’s not too surprising that Geremi got the job at Newcastle and we think it will be received as a popular choice by the fans.

Geremi will lead Newcastle’s players out for their first Premier League fixture under Sam Allardyce’s guidance at the Reebok Stadium today. Sam decided on Geremi after an apparently troubled training session with Kieron Dyer, whom Sam has left out of the squad because of his mental attitude, which was reported as not good.

While we don’t want to be too hard on Kieron he seems now out of place at Newcastle, because all the squad seem so positive and mature but Kieron continues to show a weakness in that area. We are almost sure Kieron will move to West Ham next week where he will join two other ex-Newcastle players, Craig Bellamy and Lee Bowyer.

Allardyce thought long and hard before making the decision on captain. The former Bolton boss has long suspected Geremi would be the obvious choice. Shay Given, Nicky Butt, Joey Barton and Steven Taylor have all been considered in recent weeks, but it was the versatile ex-Chelsea man who Sam chose to become his first skipper. No official announcement has been made as yet – so we’ll have to wait for that on the Official Newcastle United web-site.

Let us know what you think of this choice.

Comments always welcome.

13 comments so far

  • geordiejordan

    Aug 11, 2007 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #1

    ED!! you forgot about scottie parker at west ham too!!!!

  • Greg B

    Aug 11, 2007 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Dyer will join 3 ex-Newcastle lads, Bowyer, Bellamy and Parker.

    Geremi should make a good captain, he is well liked and experienced. Im pretty sure with the squad Allardyce is putting together there should be 5 or 6 captains on the field from Given, Cacapa, Taylor, Geremi, Barton, Butt and Owen – lets hope it has a possitive effect.

  • george t

    Aug 11, 2007 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #3

    I think its a good call…..stevie taylor is too young but one for the future,as for barton wellwe dont know what is going to happen in the court case and butt may not always be in the side.??????????

  • George

    Aug 11, 2007 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    Good choice. It would have tough for Sam to have picked him over others, but if he does the job well done.

  • Richard

    Aug 11, 2007 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m a Chelsea fan and would like to congratulate Geremi on being appointed Toon captain. We’ll miss him but would want to wish him well and I beleive Newcastle will be tougher opponents this season.

  • Hammy

    Aug 11, 2007 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #6

    Agree with the boys….Geremi looks a model pro and he can play a bit too.

  • Bill

    Aug 11, 2007 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #7

    With all the experince and exposure Geremi has acquired over the years, he surely deserves the Newcastle captaincy.


  • Bob

    Aug 11, 2007 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #8

    Geremi looks a class player….good touch, good passing. I think he will be a great captain.

  • Ahmed Bilal

    Aug 11, 2007 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #9

    Disagree with the comments – an ok choice at best. still, it’s an interesting move, let’s see how it plays out.

  • Arthur Prince

    Aug 11, 2007 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #10

    Congratulations Geremi . I am sure that this is the right decision for the club . Seems to be a model Professional and seems to be well liked by all wgho come into contact with him .As long as he demands the highest standards of play from all the players on the pitch when the team plays he can be mister nice guy and the PR communicator off it . He must know the demands of being NUFC club Captain but also the support he will get from the fans and the rewards that go with . Howay the Lads !!!,Howay Geremi !!!

  • nightfall

    Aug 11, 2007 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #11

    good choice… he is the most experienced player we have…played in africa, peru, turkey, spain and england…played in champions league with real and chelsea…and with national team on WC and olympic games… plus he’s calm, modest, can speak several languages…can play in defense or midfield… great player…

  • Sinead

    Aug 11, 2007 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #12

    I don’t know, I think it’s bit convenient that the other lads in for the running just happen to be out injured. I think it’s a bit harsh on Given he’s been a long outstanding servant to Newcastle, he’s saved us so many times, more then anyone would like to remember and yet the captaincy is given to a new guy. Who fine will probally make a good captain and ya Shay’s a keeper like but still it’s not the point. He deserves it more then anyone, how he still hasn’t walked is a mystery especially with offers from the likes of Arsenal where he could of easily won trophies b now. Instead he’s still there standing behind that “defense” like always showing his loyalty. Surely he deserved the armband. If he doesn’t get vice captain the word cruel wouldn’t justify it. 1

  • Soren

    Aug 11, 2007 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Nightfall’s comment really shows Geremi’s great CV. Not many players have that kind of experience and versatility. He will be a great captain for us.


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