We were concerned in the second half of last season, when Newcastle’s season went completely to hell in a hand basket, that we just didn’t have enough leaders both on and off the pitch at the club.
Warren Barton – 45 year-old Fox Soccer Channel analyst
And while that has been corrected somewhat with the signing of Siem de Jong, the former Ajax captain, who was quickly made vice captain b y manager Pardew – we are still short of leaders in the squad.
And former Newcastle right back Warren Barton believes that could be a problem next season, as he had this to say to the Sports Bar:
“I think Alan has got maybe five or six games and then the pressure will start to mount again.” “They’ve gone into the transfer market and bought good players but I know what the St James’ fans are like. They want top class players.”
“They have gone so far with the French influence. If it’s going well it’s perfect, if it doesn’t then you start getting problems. I don’t think they’ve got a character in there that can really lift them.
“When I was there we had Alan Shearer, Rob Lee, Gary Speed and Shay Given to help the younger players coming through. I don’t think they’ve got that, I think as soon as they get off that bus they’re going in different directions and they’re not together as a team.”
“When it’s going well it’s easy, it’s when it’s not that you really need leadership.”
Warren has made himself a very good career over here, as the lead television pundit for the Fox Soccer Channel, and he’s also kept his hand in football as the General Manager and Technical Director for the Los Angeles Blues, who play in the American USL Pro league.
Warren is a busy man these days, and we think he may have a point =- that Newcastle still don’t have enough leaders in the squad.
Warren played for Newcastle from 1995 though 2002, and the former Wimbledon defender played 164 times for Newcastle in that period with four goals.
Warren is a tremendous (unofficial) ambassador for Newcastle United in the US.
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