We expect that Coloccini has been told by head coach Steve McClaren to give more interviews in the press than he’s done over the last four years, when he replaced Kevin Nolan as captain of Newcastle, but these players are completely different in terms of the type of leadership skills they have.
Steve McClaren – tactical error?
Colo tends to be quiet and has a David Beckham kind of leadership – he leads by example – whereas Kevin was very vocal and animated.
Kevin reminded us a lot of fiery Scot Jimmy Scoular, who was captain back in 1955 when we last won a local Cup – the FA Cup – when we took Manchester City apart 3-1.
Steve McClaren has placed his faith in Colo by keeping him on as captain and giving him another year on his contract at the club, but that could be a tactical mistake if Colo is not up to playing near his best these days and not worth his place in the team.
This is what Coloccini has said in the Chronicle today:
“I always said that Newcastle was my first option. So I am very happy.” “I look forward to the future and putting Newcastle where they should be – at the top end of the league.”
“I think this season at Newcastle what we have going to our credit is that every game is going to be important.”
“Whether it’s cup games of Premier League, every game is going to be massive for us.” “We really want to do something important at this club.”
“The years are going by but we have to be in the club’s history books now.” “I remember when I first signed and I said I would like to play in the Champions League or win something.”
“This is my dream. We did get into the Europa League a few years ago.” “Now we want to bring a trophy to this club.”
“It’s a massive club and the fans here deserve that.”
We wonder if Newcastle will bring in another top center-back this summer, which it seems we need, because then Colo the captain wouldn’t get a game.
Colo was signed in August of 2008 for about £10.3M from Deportivo, when Kevin Keegan was still the manager, and he arrived the same summer as Jonas Gutierrez, who didn’t have his contract renewed in the summer and left us.
In two years time when his contract runs out at Newcastle, Colo will have been at the club for nine years and it will be interesting to see how many appearances he adds to the 249 times he has already played for Newcastle with six goals.
How Newcastle do this season could depend a lot on how Coloccini plays under Steve McClaren – we hope he does well.
Here’s the goals in that 1955 FA Cup final with the great Jackie Milburn scoring in the very first minute with a header of all things, and you see Jimmy Scoular receiving the cup from a young Queen after the game.
My parents were at Wembley that day, and I watched the game on TV when I was just a wee lad – the first time I had ever watched anything on TV at my Aunts – we didn’t get electricity in our home until 1959.
Oh, the memories when Newcastle were great – that was our 3rd FA Cup Final win in five years.
What do you think?