Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said he will take his time before he appoints the new Newcastle captain.
Alan Pardew – will take him time over choosing new captain
And that’s a good policy, because there are one or two decent candidates like Stephen Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini and Joey Barton – who finished one, two and three in our recent poll for the Newcastle captaincy with 36%, 31% and 20% respectively.
One thing with Stephen is that he must secure his first team place and Mike Williamson, a terrific £1M signing from Portsmouth just 18 months ago, kept him out for most of this year, before Mike sustained his broken arm in training.
The thing with Joe Barton (and even Fabricio to a lesser extent) is that he may not even still be at Newcastle come September.
This is what Alan told the club’s official website today :
“I have ideas, but I will probably pick it with a week to go.” “We will see how pre-season unfolds and see how the squad assembles itself, how it looks and what shape it is in.”
“I will then take a view from there because it is an important role, and possibly a few players could wear the armband during the pre-season friendlies.”
Kevin Nolan has of course left the club so Alan will need to pick his new captain, and the only real surprise would be if he chooses Joey Barton, and he gets on very well with the Liverpudlian.
Goalkeeper Steve Harper has captained the side in the past, but the36 year-old veteran will have a fight on his hands (so to speak) with both Tim Krul and Fraser Forster, to keep his place this summer.
Maybe Fabricio or Stephen would be the best choices, and we’d be happy with either of those two, and we wouldn’t mind Joey Barton getting the job either, in his last season, but that would be a surprise choice.
What do you think?