Kevin Nolan For Newcastle Captain Next Season?


Everybody who saw the game last Sunday against Sunderland could see first hand, the leadership abilities displayed by our new boy, Kevin Nolan.

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Kevin Nolan – captain next season?

And we wouldn’t be at all surprised, after Michael Owen leaves the club in the summer, if Kevin becomes an almost automatic choice for captain of the club.

He’s a real captain, in that he leads by example, and can also give some verbal support too,  when necessary.  😀

Speaking about the former Bolton captain, Joe Kinnear talked to the Evening Chronicle today:

“I wanted somebody with some serious clout who has seen it and done it.”

“Kevin fits the bill. He’s been there when Bolton fought to stay up in the early years.”

“I believe in him. He’s a great passer of the ball and he is infectious around the dressing room.”

“He’s a leader above all things.”

“He did phenomenally well for Bolton and he is capable of toughing it out when needed which is the position we’re in at the moment.”

In fact, by getting Nolan to the club, when everybody is fit – our central midfield could go from being a big weakness to being a strength next season – with Barton, Nolan, Guthrie and Butt all looking good.

One methodology for improving anything is to pinpoint the biggest weakness, and then make it into the biggest strength, and then repeat the process.

And there seems a decent chance we will either get Miguel Veloso from Sporting Lisbon or Michael Johnson from Manchester City in the summer, since the news coming through is that both players seem more than happy to join the Tyneside club.

Kevin could be an important signing for the club longer term, and he has the leadership abilities to work with Joe to get the very best out of the team.

He’s been a welcome breath of fresh air to the club and the supporters, since he arrived, and that was only last Thursday.

Comments welcome.



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82 comments so far

  • damostoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #1

    Im all for it, but if Bassong starts shouting and making himself heard from de back, he would be an automatic choice for captain and for years 2 come

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #2

    nolan for captain is a good idea but my choice is bassong

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #3

    No thanks.

    Beye or Bassong for captan please.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #4

    I would say Nolan/Barton. He already seemed to lead the pre game huddle.

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #5

    ED mate, why dont you do a poll, on who should be our new captain next season? good idea i reckon

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  • ObaFan2

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Nolan could ruffle a few feathers and why not…. most need a kick up the harris at the moment.

    Owen does not deserve the captaincy imo especially after not signing a new contract, Barton could be a good shout too imo, Beye and Bassong maybe?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Bolton fans said Nolan was great UNTIL he got the captains armband.

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Bassong is a fantastic player and perhaps he will be captain one day but i have a couple of doubts. Although i hope he is with us forever and becomes known as the best defender on the planet i still know what sulky french players are like. Not just zog but anelka, drogba, gallas etc etc and i just hope bassong doesnt start running to that soddin l’equipe magazine or paper or whatever it is! lol

    Kevin nolan is easily the perfect choice if we’re all honest. In his first game he was the one doing most of the chat in the huddle…. first game….says it all about his leadership qualities that he gets instant respect by players hes known for two days

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #9

    IMO the four contenders for captain are:

    1: bassong
    2: nolan
    3: beye
    4: guthrie
    5: enrique 🙂

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #10

    five*

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #11

    What about MO when he is back though? Would you give him the band back or not?

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  • Ed Harrison

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #12

    RyanToon – I’ll put a poll out for captain but don’t expect Joe will change the captain this season, no reason to.

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #13

    my top five are

    1:nolan
    2:beye
    3:harper
    4:barton
    5:butt

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #14

    ryantoon- Have you ever been to sjp seeing as you are a londoner living in peckham? Out of interest, not looking for a row!

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #15

    Toon Graeme – i dont think MO is the type of captain toon need at the moment as he is the type to just play football rather than give poor performers a kick in the right direction. Plus the guy clearly has one eye on the door

    What we need is a guy that leads by example, wants to be here, has passion for the cause (NUFC) and will give people a kick in the right direction

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #16

    cheers ed for the that, i meant next season mate

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #17

    my top 5 are

    lucy pinder
    pamela anderson
    shakira
    Floella benjamin
    and Dame ellen mcarthur.

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #18

    bennytoon – is that your top five of people that would turn you down? =p

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #19

    Magpietillidie- If dame ellen mcarthur turned me down i would no i am the ugliest bloke in the world. She could be lesbian though.

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #20

    just for you benny ill tell you the HOME games ive been to that i can remember!

    newcastle 1-2 west brom
    newcastle 3-0 reading
    newcastle 1-1 middlesbrough
    newcastle 2-1 valencia

    been to loads away games

    fulham 0-1 newcastle
    portsmouth 0-0 newcastle
    portsmouth 0-3 newcastle
    man utd 1-1 newcastle
    coventry 2-3 newcastle
    leeds 2-2 newcastle
    wimbledon 2-1 newcastle
    west ham 2-1 newcastle
    tottenham 1-4 newcastle
    chelsea 1-0 newcastle

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  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #21

    My shout for skipper is Barton if we keep him.

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #22

    also went to partizan at home, how did i forget??!

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #23

    Well if she isnt lesbian yet, wait till she meets you 🙂 lol

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #24

    Hi lads, nearly the weekend now, i’ve got a good feeling that were not only gonna win, but string a few results on. Anyway for those who saw Sir Bobby recently on tv etc. he’s not looking too great and i’d like to contribute to his cause. In the summer i’m doing a bungee jump for his charity so if anyone’s interested in sponsoring me, even if its 50p its enough. Here’s the link : http://www.justgiving.com/matthewjeffries
    Thank you

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  • OHurley

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #25

    Nolan for Captain, as he’s the obvious choice. I would really love to see Bassong step up though, in a couple years and earn the armband for himself. What quality and class we have in him! Doesn’t seem the personality type to go and whine and moan like N’Zogbiass either. I think he’ll come into his own, and almost CERTAINLY get a first team slot on the French International team. But in the meantime- Kevin Nolan for captain, NOW! lol

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  • Friendri_NUFC

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #26

    Hi Guys, you guys forgot one very obvious choice. He is STEVEN TAYLOR.

    He is Geordie, very passionate on playing for NUFC and he has shown his leadership by captaining England U-21. He always gives 110% whenever he is playing.

    I think Joe Kinnear needs to start considering of partnering him and Bassong on central defence. Collicini doesn’t look too secure or convincing at times. The Argentine is not really physical and at times slow to react, however, he has shown glimpses this season why we paid 10 M for him. He will get better of course. Anyway this is his 1st season, so the boy is still learning the English game. Even the best like Ferdinand or Terry couldn’t fix our defense which is known throughout as the worst in the league instantly. Everybody needs time.

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #27

    btw benny i dont live in peckham, dont know where you got that from

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  • shearer4pm

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #28

    bassong for captain, yeah hes been the best player but hes a long way of captain, hes only a youngun, nolan or beye, both experiened captains but i reakon it will be butt

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  • shearer4pm

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #29

    unless anyones got a shout to bring back geremi as captain :S:S:S

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  • Matt

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #30

    I think Bassong works hard enough as it is without the responsibility of captaincy. Also he’s a bit young.

    I’d say Taylor or Nolan.

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  • DevonMag

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #31

    Barton for captain. Blatently. Don’t wanna see nolan in the armband, Barton for captain, stevie tatlor second choice, bassong in 3 seasons time and long after that…with any luck.
    I’m a little worried tbh that hes gonna be off to arsenal in the next few years though..hes not gonna go unnoticed for long will definitely be in the french squad soon..

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #32

    ryantoon,

    he just makes stuff up – he is a sad deluded fool who has no friends so comes on here to try and get some human company. He is so cockney it hurts !!! (that is from Lee Mack live DVD – check it out if you get chance – he is class at ripping the p1ss out of cockerneys ! ) 🙂

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #33

    “I’m a little worried tbh that hes gonna be off to arsenal in the next few years though..hes not gonna go unnoticed for long will definitely be in the french squad soon..”

    ^ you and the rest of the toon army devonmag… let us pray

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  • OHurley

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #34

    Friendri_NUFC-

    Nice call on Taylor. I still he needs a bit of time to work up to Capt. If his form continues to build, he could be a great choice. Also- anybody else think tayls should be playing RB?

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #35

    Nolan or Barton would be good for me. Let Bassong concentrate on his football and get a few more seasons under his belt, but one for the future for sure !

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #36

    Taylor?!?!

    Are people off their head’s!!! He is not even good enough to be in the starting 11!

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #37

    Tom_Toon,

    They must be talking about Ryan ! 😉

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  • will die for the toon army

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #38

    I ve two contenders Barton and Beye. I wld ve gone for butt coz every time he is the captain he gives his all he look much younger.

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  • Wigaz

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #39

    Think he’d be a fantastic skipper. My team for next season:
    =========Harper========
    Beye===STaylor/Colo=Bassong=RTaylor
    Jonas==Barton===Nolan (C)==Lovenkrans
    ========Ashton===Oba=======

    £12m for Ashton in summer sorted. I’d prob buy another CB & Possibly LW maybe Downing if smog go down?

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  • OHurley

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #40

    Tom_Toon-

    I thought Steven Taylor played great against the Mackems as RB. Maybe it was just a lifetime of mackem-hating that drove him to play with all that passion, but I thought he looked better there than just about anywhere else I’ve seen him.

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