Jamaal Lascelles has been interviewed a lot since yesterday when he signed a new and improved contract that will keep him at Newcastle through June 2024 – now if we can only get Rafa Benitez to sign a deal that keeps him on Tyneside for that same length of time.
Jamaal can be outspoken in interviews, and he doesn’t mess around.
He commented yesterday and asked the fans to end their negativity around owner Mike Ashley and keep supporting the side.
That has met with some mixed reactions from the fans but remember he is responsible for that happens on the pitch, and if protests negatively affect the players, it’s up to him to say that.
Speaking up about it yesterday shows both his courage and leadership.
Jamaal Lascelles – Newcastle captain
Another issue Jamaal was involved in over the summer was the disagreement on players’ bonuses for the season.
That was sorted out just before the first game of the season at home to Tottenham and whereas last year he needed to call Mike Ashley, this time he didn’t have to call the owner.
This is what Jamal has said about that in the Chronicle today:
“I didn’t speak to Mike Ashley on the phone.” “I spoke to somebody else about it.” “It is the role a captain has to do.”
“Every single captain in football has to sort out bonuses and other things for players, trying to do what’s best.”
“Some things might take longer than others but we got something sorted and it was just part of the job.”
“Ours wasn’t straightforward but there was no rush.” “You don’t get the bonus until the end of the season anyway so it didn’t really matter.”
Now we play a tough game against Watford tomorrow afternoon at home, and there are not too many fans think we can win our game tomorrow.