Joey Barton has given his backing to Fabricio Coloccini, as the new Newcastle captain.
Joey Barton – backs Coloccini as captain
The 29-year-old Argentinian defender was told by Newcastle manager Alan Pardew he would be the new captain after training on Thursday afternoon, and Fabricio has said today it will be an honor to be Newcatsle captain – he’s right there.
Barton himself had been a possible replacement, and in our poll a week or so back Steven Taylor was top at 36% and Fab was second with 31% and Joey got 20% of the vote.
The 28-year-old used his Twitter account (again) to express his support for Coloccini:
“I’m happy for Colo and it’s probably the correct decision given my precarious contract situation, gives stability.
“I’ll be a leader without an armband and I’ll be there for Colo as well as all the lads regardless.
“Selfishly, it lets me concentrate on playing well every week.”
Those are good words from Joey, but we still have our doubts that he will be a Newcastle player come September 1st – but we hope he will.
Coloccini’s appointment has been very well received by Newcastle fans, and in our poll today, 93% of over 1330 voters think Colo will be a good choice as Newcastle captain.
The news has been the highlight of the day for the Geordie fans, and of course Coloccini is a very popular player on Tyneside, and he’s an excellent choice by manager Alan Pardew.