Kevin Nolan has today been appointed the new Newcatsle United captain.
Kevin Nolan – new Newcastle United captain
Kevin was the overwhelming winner on our vote for Newcastle captain some time ago, getting 63.4% of the votes, beating out Steven Taylor who was second with just 16.4% – and it’s not much of a surprise that Chris has named him Newcastle captain.
Nolan of course was captain at Bolton Wanderers earlier in his career and did an excellent job there under Sam Allardyce.
Nolan said today:
“It really is an honour to be made captain of a club like Newcastle United and I’m delighted to have been given the responsibility.” “I spent three seasons as captain of Bolton which was a great experience, and I’m delighted to now be captaining this famous club.”
“I had a taste of it last season when I wore the armband for a couple of games towards the end of the campaign, but to do so on a regular basis will be a special feeling.”
“We have a great set of lads here and I’m relishing the prospect of leading them out this season – and together we can hopefully achieve what we want to this season.”
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is also delighted with his appointment, and of course we have lots of leaders already in the team, but Kevin gets the nod over players like Alan Smith, Joey Barton and Fabricio Coloccini, and even new arrival Sol Campbell
Chris said today:
“What we have at the club are a lot of big personalities, and there were a number of possibilities for the role of club captain.”
“We have a lot of characters and a lot of leaders.” “But of course, we’re all aware of what an honor it is to wear the armband and Kevin will, I am sure, make a great captain.”
“Both he and Alan Smith have a big role to play for us both on and off the pitch and that’s a continuation of what they both did last season in what was a great campaign.”
It’s a good appointment by Chris – we’re just not sure why it took so long.