Chris Hughton has still to decide who will be Newcastle captain next season, but we cannot think it will be too long before he announces the new captain, to replace the departed Nicky Butt.
Kevin Nolan – likely to be the new club captain
We have to think Kevin Nolan is the likely successor to Nicky Butt, and is a captain in the Bobby Moncur and Jimmy Scoular mold, as he will hardly be a quiet captain on the field of play. 😀
Nolan told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Newcastle’s a fantastic club, and if I got the captaincy it would be amazing, probably one of the highlights of my career.” “But I don’t think it matters who wears that armband at this moment in time.
“I’m just concentrating on making sure I’m going to be starting at the beginning of the season. Smudge did a fantastic job last year along with Butty.”
“I’ll leave that entirely up to him (Hughton), and back him in whatever decision he makes.” “There are a few candidates, and I’m just glad to be one of them.”
Those are good words from Kevin and what we would expect of a fantastic team player at the club, but there’s also no doubt he would be honored to be offered the captaincy at the famous Newcastle club.
“It’s not my main priority at the moment, but if I get it, it’ll give me a boost, why wouldn’t it?” “Walking out in front of 50,000 fans, especially with this group of lads, is fantastic.”
“This season’s all about making sure we’re ready for the first game, and I think we’re on course for that.”
Kevin Nolan was captain of Bolton at the young age of 23, and that’s not surprising for someone who is a born leader, and shows that leadership both on and off the field of play, and was a driving force for the Newcastle club last season.
Kevin is not the kind of guy to give up, whatever the adversity of the circumstances, and he helped prove that in many games last season.
Kevin has also captained Bolton in European competition, so he is no stranger to being the main man on the field, and we think he’d be a terrific captain for the Newcastle United club.
“I loved my time at Bolton – I was captain for so many years, in Europe as well.” “If I can do that here, and take this club back where it belongs, that’ll be absolutely brilliant.”
“I’ve just got to make sure I’m ready, and if I’m ready, that’ll give me a better chance of maybe leading the lads.” “At this moment the focus is on me and my team-mates making sure we’re ready for Manchester United.”
“Being honest, the captaincy’s probably the last thing on my mind, but I do love doing it!”
Those are good words from Kevin, and only one of the reasons we think Chris should and will make him captain of the club – and sooner rather than later.