Steve McClaren has yet to decide on who will be the captain for the coming season at Newcastle, but he still considers Fabricio Coloccini at the moment to be the club captain, and we daresay if Colo is still with us come September, he may continue to captain the team for his last season on Tyneside.
But McClaren has played down the importance of who is the specific captain, and he wants to see leadership being displayed by every single player – in essence he wants to see 11 captains on the field.
Fabricio Coloccini inaction last season
This is what Steve has said to the local journalists tonight:
“I’m still throwing that around at the present moment.” “I can understand the importance of captains in cricket and rugby, but to be honest, I want 11 captains out there.”
I want them all wearing an armband and being leaders.” “We’ve developed a senior leadership group since we’ve come in, and the ones who are taking the armband in the matches are part of that group.”
“I want them to show their seniority and experience on the field – but I want 11 people like that out there, not just one.”
Daryl Janmaat, Jack Colback and Moussa Sissoko have all been captains for Newcastle so far in pre-season, and the head coach has been talking with them, as senior players at the club.
The senior group is also likely to include Coloccini, Siem de Jong and maybe Papiss Cisse.
Coloccini has been nursing an Achilles injury in pre-season, and has yet to play – so it will be interesting to see if he will play at York On Wednesday night.
The captaincy is a delicate situation for McClaren, because he obviously wants to keep all the players together, and he may not want to change the captaincy if Colo stays on Tyneside.
That’s especially true with it being his final year, of what will be eight years on Tyneside, when his contract ends next summer.
While Coloccini did not play well last season, he can still do the job for Newcastle, and he would be an experienced player to keep in the squad for next season.
Certainly Steve McClaren has said you can see he’s a good player in training – so we hope Colo stays for next season.
It would be an unfortunate way for Colo to go if he left this summer, after it was such a catastrophe during the second half of last season.
Steve is doing a savvy thing by playing down the importance of the captaincy – we need a lot of leaders on the field next season – if we are to do really well.
McClaren seems like an excellent man-manager with lots of experience but also lots of common sense.