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McClaren Plays Down Importance Of Captaincy At Newcastle

10:52 pm, Monday, July 27th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 31 Comments

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.

fab coloccini everton 3-2 at home

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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Captain · Coaching · Leadership · Newcastle News · Pre-season · Premier League

31 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lesh // Jul 27, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    Great application of psychology by Steve McC – it’ll sort out the wannabe’s from the wantaways.

  • 2 lesh // Jul 27, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    Oh, forgot – Ashley Oot.


  • 3 Belfast // Jul 27, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Translation; I’m picking a new captain

  • 4 LewSpi v2.0 // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    One player I’d quite like to see us pursue is Jesse Lingard from Man Utd. Think he’s a cracking player, he has been unstoppable so far in pre-season.

  • 5 LewSpi v2.0 // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    He was just on loan at Derby last season, so I suspect McC will know everything there is to know about him anyway.

  • 6 El Sleeve // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    janmaat, siem, colback, gini, colo. sissoko aint a captain for us

    not half as hard as harps, nolan, barton, smith.

  • 7 jane // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    who would be best at guessing heads or tails at the coin toss before kick-off? another important responsibility often performed by the captain is lifting the cup first.

  • 8 switch365 // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    Fears for the new season would be so allayed if we just went out and signed another top class cb, it’s not rocket science.
    It’s mentioned on every Toon blog, every day, multiple times.
    It’s visible in every pre-season game we’ve played so far and surely must be visible in training.

    If we do sign a decent one as well as Mbemba then great, if we don’t it’s going to be a huge question of why? why? why?

    Abdennour seems to be a no-no, that only leaves around 8,000 cb’s who are better than Willo, Saylor and Colo!

  • 9 Bobbybee // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    Worthing mag, from previous post. Sorry about the horse mate, but I’d had a skinful and chinned it. 🙂

  • 10 dok - the horrid colonial // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:08 PM


    I say Mcclaren go for the diamond formation:
    ………………………De Jong

    I kinda like the formation….

  • 11 Tsunki // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    Thanks Lesh 🙂

  • 12 why oh why // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    This visa application lark with mitti and mbemba
    I bet if it was manure or Liverpool or chelski it would be sorted sooner
    A holes with a capital A
    On Austin he’s on his way as I did envisage earlier on many occasions
    Now get another central defender in

  • 13 Tsunki // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    So not so much a captaincy as a collective. Power to the people! Today’s captain is… Iron Mike!

  • 14 WLtoon // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    I think SM will wait and see who s still here come september to give someone a permanent captains armband.
    Colo,Cisse,Sissoko could be away by thenand if so, i think he,ll give it to janaat, if Colo stays i think he,ll keep the cataincy.

  • 15 Bobbybee // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    Come on Switch, get your facts right before posting on here. There’s actually 8007 better 🙂

  • 16 Tsunki // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    We’re still going to score slightly less than youuuuu!

  • 17 banjax // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    Marveaux, Obertan, Tiote, Williamson , Goufran, Rivierre, Colochini and Taylor, these are the guys who we need to replace in the team. The wages alone among this lot add up to a pretty penny along with any fees they bring in. The job of re- building the squad at Newcastle is enormous but it is perhaps a reflection of how poorly the owner has failed to invest consistently like most good clubs do, is there for all to see. So at the moment our spend seems huge but it’s peanuts compared to the ambitious clubs who want to win things and the the amounts of money they spend to be successful. At the end of this season, another huge TV payout will be there for the taking which is enough reason to spend now on quality players !

  • 18 will die for the toon army // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    El Sleeve

    Those guys were hard and very authoritative.

  • 19 West Lancs Geordie // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    Spot on Switch365- get the remaining £10M spent on Van Dyk from Celtic with no key players going out. i.e only those we know are not good enough then job done. But must keep Colo for another season.Willo (the Weak) & Saylor (Sicknote) can both go for me

  • 20 Tsunki // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    Switch but what do us mortals know about football? Nothing! OK so we lose record amounts of games and have the widest goal in all the leagues, and keep saying something needs doing in defence, but hey- aren’t we glad that those in the know, well…just…know?

  • 21 Tsunki // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    Willo the Wisp.

  • 22 West Lancs Geordie // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    We still have far too many fringe players (keeping the wage bill high) apart from Willo & Saylor there is Gouffy, Obertan, Vukic, Bigiriama, Marvaux Riviera who can all go for me once all suitable squad strengthening is complete providing we don’t start the usual annual sale of the crown jewels!

  • 23 will die for the toon army // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:22 PM


    Those players jst didn’t get bad all of a sudden Ithink they were Pardewed. I also want a new CB after Austin (if true) coz if we r to play a diamond formation we need good and strong CBs with a very powerful DCM. to give room to the attacking CMs and the full backs.

    If only Abfennour wld come to NUFC

  • 24 Tsunki // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    Another two strikers and I think it’s job done. Team sheet –

    10 strikers.

    Attack Toon Attack!

    Bring on a striker for Krul on 10 minutes to kill the game off.

  • 25 West Lancs Geordie // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    Captain’s armband to local lad Colback ultimately for me.Instill a bit of proper pride in wearing the badge

  • 26 Bobbybee // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    WLG, talking about Vuckic, have you seen the goal he scored against Ajax on tour? It’s onThe Mag’s site. Beardsley himself would’ve been happy scoring that one!

  • 27 Bobbybee // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:29 PM

    Will die. If only he would mate, but let’s be honest, given that choice – Barca or us? I kind of suspect we all know the answer. Heard it’s a done deal, which seriously makes a complete mockery of FIFA and ffp rules and punishment for the breach of.

  • 28 West Lancs Geordie // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    No Bobbybee I haven’t but he’s never going to make it in the Premiership as he’s well down the pecking order now.
    I’ve always liked young Ferguson but playing for Rangers is now miles away from the Premiership week in week out.
    If this club is going to move forward we really have to up the ante & the recent signings indicate that this may at last be finally happening.
    For the first time in many years I am optimistic

  • 29 West Lancs Geordie // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    If we are talking CBs what about cheeky loan deal for the out of favour Vermalen?.He hasn’t had much of a go at Barca. Is he still an Arsenal player?

  • 30 Harley // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:38 PM

    Someone posted on the last article to sell Coloccini for £6m!!!!!!!

    If we sign Austin, cisse will be sold so could recoup about £7m.

    If we sign another cb I think sissoko will be sold. He’s the only player who’s worth a lot who’s a bit expendable. I can’t see us spending £60m plus.

    Austin and van dijk for cisse and sissoko. I’d take that.

  • 31 West Lancs Geordie // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    Austin & Van Dijk or Vermalen for Cisse,Willo, Saylor, Obertan,Marvaux,Gouffy & Rivierre I’d take that Harley.
    But you are right we need to plug the holes at the back .
    4-3 losses may have been entertaining in the past but they didn’t move the club forward

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