Steve McClaren has given his press conference this afternoon and he was non-committal on who will replace Coloccini as captain, after Steve gave an update on Colo and said he will probably miss the next two games.
“Colo is extremely doubtful for the next two games but we are accessing him day-by-day after a calf injury.”
The other bad news is that Chancel Mbemba is also out for the next two games.
McClaren was then quite complimentary on Jonjo Shelvey and the fact he is very vocal on the field and in the dressing room – and said the captain needs to show leadership by both playing well and being vocal on the field.
Jonjo Shelvey – probable captain tomorrow night
That’s an interesting comment from the manager because we know Colo is not very vocal on the field at the best of times.
In his press conference McClaren was asked who would captain Newcastle at Stoke:
“You’ll find that out tomorrow.” “We need someone to drive this team and lead by example both playing and vocally.”
“It will be interesting to see after a lot of criticism about the team to see how we cope without Colo and see who steps forward.”
“We’ve talked a lot about bringing in characters with Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend.” “Shelvey has certainly been vocal. It’s about everybody, and we’ve lacked that especially away from home, and that’s one of the reasons we’re not winning.”
“The captain has to envelope what you are trying to say.” “That’s one of the reasons we brought Jonjo Shelvey into this club because he epitomizes what we want to achieve going forward.”
“The captain flicks a coin and says which way you’re kicking, but we need 11 captains out there. Sometimes we’ve had 11, sometimes we’ve had three or four, and that’s not good enough.”
We’re not sure what the big deal is about not revealing who will be the captain tomorrow night – it shouldn’t bother Stoke City?
It’s a very important game for us tomorrow and another defeat – that would be our 11th in 14 away games – would certainly not be good.
But we have also lost our last three league games at the Britannia Stadium – so it’s not a very happy hunting ground for us.
Time to change all that.