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McClaren Non-Committal On Captain – Then Gives Glowing Reference

3:50 pm, Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 44 Comments

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 on debut clenched fists

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.

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44 responses so far ↓

  • 1 cyprus // Mar 1, 2016 at 3:53 PM

    Shelvey my man, a bit less pointing to other players where to pass, especially the obvious passes…

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Mar 1, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    I wish the ginger tw@t would just do one!

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Mar 1, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    He should have made a stand and demanded his own captain from the start, he must have known that if things went t!ts up at Derby he would end up here as a last resort, surely he could see that we lacked leadership.

  • 4 Jib // Mar 1, 2016 at 4:04 PM

    He’s more auburn than ginger.

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Mar 1, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    I wish the more auburn than ginger tw@t would just do one!

  • 6 lesh // Mar 1, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    He’s being coy about the captaincy cos he’s gonna spring a surprise when he announces the team – he’ll show his trump card when he names Colo.

    That’ll get us the points

  • 7 matt11_25 // Mar 1, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    That’s the problem they ARE OBVIOUS! So why the @#!#$ don’t they make them! Lookin at you Sissoko…

  • 8 Wayayman // Mar 1, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    If Mitrovic is fit then he HAS to start against the physical Stoke defenders. Hopefully Macca has learned that we need to bully teams more, and with Mitrovic in the team he brings so much more time to the midfielders behind him. Shelvey can not play in an advanced role, his game is sitting deeper stretching the game. If he plays in an advanced role then Gini is out of the team and I think that would be a mistake despite Gini going missing away from home. I want to see Gini in the team and I want to see the reaction we all need them to show. We’re in the mucky stuff and now is the time to start digging ourselves out of it. Getting something out of this game would be a big confidence boost for us all and can spring us away from Norwich.

    If the results go our way tonight, we could be out of the bottom 3 by 10pm tonight if Norwich lose by more than 1 goal.

    Desperate times.

  • 9 hibbitt // Mar 1, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    Jail for Ashley / Jib
    more of a strawberry blonde i think !!

  • 10 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 1, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    I’d be surprised if Sunderland lose to Palace so I reckon we’ll be bottom 3 even if Norwich lose.

  • 11 bettyswallocks // Mar 1, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    Following on from my post on previous thread, I think there has to be a balance between discipline and endeavour and confident expressive play. The transformation of Chelsea since Mourinho left is remarkable and just shows that getting the players to play with freedom is very important.

  • 12 lukes26 // Mar 1, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    Saylor /Lascelles have got to be the worst CB’s pairing to play in the EPL this year if Colo/mbemba cant play

    Situational awareness for both is almost non existent

  • 13 Jib // Mar 1, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    Essex William
    I could happen that the scum lose to Pardew’s lot and Norwich lose to Chelsea by a margin of 2 or more and we exit the bottom 3.

  • 14 lochinvar // Mar 1, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    Don’t stop the team bus in Stoke for a burger after the game Steve – its not a safe place – but then again if we win by all means give the players a treat…..just take Carver with you for added security

    Some branches of McDonald’s and KFC are banning under 18s from eating inside because of anti-social behaviour.
    It’s after a fight broke out between 20 teenagers near the Meir Park area of Stoke-on-Trent a few weeks ago.

  • 15 Tsunki // Mar 1, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    The Average One has to break his duck sometime, not unlikely it can be against the mackems.

  • 16 Jib // Mar 1, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    Is Sissoko OK to go to BurgerKing ?

  • 17 Wayayman // Mar 1, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    A Mackem/palace draw or a palace win and a Norwich defeat by more than one goal would see us out of the bottom 3.

  • 18 beermonkey // Mar 1, 2016 at 5:12 PM


    i think (hope) palace will win tonight
    i think if they lose again parish will have to look at the manager situation
    no win in 13 and 11 losses and a couple of draws
    ( if wrong sorry its from mem)

  • 19 Tsunki // Mar 1, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    It might be time to try the magic cb pairing of Saylor and Dummet with Coalsack at lb.

  • 20 The next Mike Williamson // Mar 1, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    You only need a captain when the manager can’t lead himself

  • 21 Tsunki // Mar 1, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    If Pards gets dumped where’s his next stop? He’s had his biggest gig I think and it sure wasn’t Steve ‘Prince Charming’ Parish’s glass Palace

  • 22 Tsunki // Mar 1, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    I think he’ll get fitted up for the Brentford Tickle..

  • 23 beermonkey // Mar 1, 2016 at 5:20 PM


    i dont care as long as its not pundit work on tv

  • 24 Jib // Mar 1, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    Tsunki I was thinking the same but with bigass Vurn at lb

  • 25 Tsunki // Mar 1, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    ..wiv shootahs an ev’fink ha ha. Anita is probably a sensible choice at lb tbf.

  • 26 Mister Tuff // Mar 1, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Jib – you are splitting hairs a bit. Penfold denied the club were in crisis. Reading the FF minutes as a whole and trying to assess the tone – say nowt/deny my impression was that they were not even contemplating relegation.
    Admissions of crisis would suggest mistakes continuing again and again – they would never admit anything which would cast further doubt about their running of the club.

  • 27 hibbitt // Mar 1, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    i look forward to the day palace give pards his P45 palace fans now know what we went through…….love it !!!

  • 28 Jib // Mar 1, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    Mr Tuff – Fair comment
    Charnley and co have attached their fortunes to the comet McClaren , they have to hope it flares bright and glorious , if it burns up on re-entry Ashley will show no mercy.

  • 29 cyprus // Mar 1, 2016 at 5:44 PM

    Is this the team that will be sucked into it? Surely, with 11 games remaining there will be a couple surprises…

    “Alan Pardew has warned his players that a relegation fight is “creeping up” on Crystal Palace after their winless run was extended to ten matches with defeat to West Bromwich Albion.”

  • 30 cyprus // Mar 1, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    Saw bookies rates. Hhm. We ain’t favourites ;0

  • 31 Ron Knee // Mar 1, 2016 at 5:52 PM


    Let’s hope Pardew is able to work his magic this evening!

  • 32 Jib // Mar 1, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    Ron Knee
    Sunlun isn’t my worry
    The derby at SJP will be a true 6 pointer the atmosphere will be fabulous .
    The bottom 3 will be Norwich Sunlun Villa
    Pardew will do his usual escape trick

  • 33 Mister Tuff // Mar 1, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    hibbitt – when King Percy abandoned ship I checked out the Palace Fans main blog (Holmesdale blog) and they were giving us a real slagging off.
    The other day I was reading some extracts from the same site and the mood of the Palace fans has changed 180 degrees, with a few fearing relegation and some only giving the King a couple of games before he should be sacked.
    Tremendous stuff – not so many shouts for the King to be the next England manager now!

  • 34 Ron Knee // Mar 1, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    Percy had the devil’s luck. I don’t think McClaren has it, though.

  • 35 hibbitt // Mar 1, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    for that to happen we have to start picking up points we are still in the mix

  • 36 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 1, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    Could be interesting central defensive partnership tomorrow night

    Taylor, Dummett
    Taylor, Lascalles
    Dummett, Lascalles

    me choice – ain’t got a clue

  • 37 Ron Knee // Mar 1, 2016 at 6:14 PM


    You and McClaren both!

  • 38 BandB // Mar 1, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    Vurn could provide the biggest and most protruding arse seen at left back since Robbie Williams hung up his boots.

  • 39 Novocastrian66 // Mar 1, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    Just seen the potential Stoke line up for tomorrow night’s game, see below, and in all honestly we should be capable of beating them. However I know we won’t.
    There’s something sadly wrong at our club.

    Bardsley Wollscheid Muniesa Pieters
    Whelan Imbula
    Shaqiri Afellay Arnautovic

  • 40 Novocastrian66 // Mar 1, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Mister Tuff; The silence is deafening from all the gobshite reporters who were calling NUFC fans deluded and ignorant for having a pop at Pardew.
    1 point this year, 1 point. He’s making McClaren look good and that takes some doing.

  • 41 Jib // Mar 1, 2016 at 6:34 PM

    I never had BandB figured for an Arsist !

  • 42 BandB // Mar 1, 2016 at 6:41 PM

    I hope when Robbie saw the TV replays of him waddling up the wing like Jemima Puddleduck he died a little bit inside.

  • 43 goommy // Mar 1, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    Hope it will be

    Janmatt – Saylor – Lacelles – Dummett

    No for Aaron on LB.

  • 44 davis_toons // Mar 2, 2016 at 2:20 AM

    It’s quite clear Capt Shelvey. Hope he can have the team with him.

    Collback is just another good guy like Jonas. Do all the running around.

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