Jonjo Shelvey was signed by Liverpool and Rafa Benitez in May 2010, but then within weeks Rafa left the Liverpool club so the former Charlton and Swansea play-maker never really played under Rafa at Liverpool – but he did sign him.
With Rafa Benitez looking likely to take over at Newcastle before tomorrow night at the latest, he will have the latitude to pick his own captain and it wouldn’t surprise us if he changes the captaincy and makes Jonjo the official captain.
Jonjo Shelvey during Bournemouth disaster
Jonjo has been interviewed by Sky Sports and has talked about the unfortunate situation his current head coach is in:
“It’s obviously a sticky situation and Steve is at the forefront of it, which he doesn’t deserve to be honest.” “But it is what it is. It’s nice to know what Steve thinks of me, and I think a lot of him also.”
“We’ve got to play for him while he’s still in charge and hopefully he stays in charge.” “I think you have got to keep your focus.” “You’re getting paid loads of money to do your job.”
“It is your job to keep yourself away from the media and the rumors.” “You can’t listen to that because you can never believe something until it has happened.” “We’ve been very professional this week and we’ve trained really well.”
“Training has been fun and enjoyable and we’re just preparing as usual for the Leicester game.”
It reflects well on Steve McClaren – who has been under enormous pressure all this week – that he has gone about his work professionally on the training field.
And those are good words from Jonjo and he’s sensible enough to keep out of what may be happening at Newcastle.
We like Jonjo as a player and as a captain and he has a bit of the Kevin Nolan about him – he is more than willing to remonstrate with players if they are not pulling their weight.
That’s what we need to see in the final 10 games of the season – and we would be happy enough if Rafa makes Jonjo Shelvey the new permanent Newcastle captain.
What do you think?