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New Newcastle Captain To Be Chosen in Next Few Weeks

Scott Parker has now left Newcastle for West Ham so we will need a new captain next season. Big Sam recently spoke about the attributes of being captain and we’ll take a look at what he said.


Sam Allardyce

In a piece we ran recently the choice of captain by our readers of those players already at the club seemed to be Nicky Butt with Shay Given probably getting the nod next.
But as we mentioned then it could also be someone who is not yet at the club and could come in during the summer.

This is what Sam Allardyce had to say yesterday about the attributes of good captains:

“I believe good captains are becoming a rare breed now.
“Natural leaders both on and off the field are not easy to find.
“That’s why finding someone to be our next captain over the next few weeks we will spend together will be a priority in my mind.
“And whether that will be someone who is already here or somebody I actually bring in to the club remains to be seen.”
“It is probably not an issue, but I remember when I signed Jay-Jay Okocha the last thing on my mind was that this type of player would be my captain,”

“But I have to say that in all my time as manager, Jay-Jay is the best captain I’ve ever had.
“Not only did he lead on the field but also off it.
“Mind you, the fact that he could actually speak four languages helped the squad we had at the time because he could communicate with players from Italy, France and Spain.
“As a result, the players used to listen and look up to him, and trying to find that sort of captain for Newcastle United will be very important in the next couple of weeks.”

As we have reported last week – Sam wants to take the players away on a 10 day training stint abroad – with the purpose of getting them together and getting to know each other. By then we would expect at least 6-7 new players in as part of the squad. It looks like after that trip Sam will choose tha captain. If it’s not Shay Given we would assume Shay would still be in the role as vice-captain – but that is not completely clear.

Let’s hope we get some players into the club over the next couple of weeks – certainly the Ashley takeover is now being completed rapidly – which is good news.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • will

    Jun 16, 2007 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Barton or Taylor to be captain because they are both young unlike butt and given is a goal keeper and even without the armband he still has to command his defence so theres no point him being captain. Give it to barton u would get 100% commitment from a player who leads by example and it mite jus be the making of him to proove himself on the bigstage

  • matthew

    Jun 16, 2007 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #2

    i think that solano should be from the current squad but in the summer we will strenthen and because of james milner he may not be a first team regular, so i think there is only one choice shay given, he has always shown his commitment to the team by rejecting arsenal and man u so he should get his reward,not nicky butt as with emre and barton he will not be in the team enough.

  • dinko

    Jun 16, 2007 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Shay Given=Captain 🙂

  • nightfall

    Jun 16, 2007 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    i agree…shay is the best choice

  • Soren

    Jun 16, 2007 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Taylor would be a good choice. I think he will only grow even further with the responsibility of being captain, and I don’t think that the age, will be any problem here in this case. He’s a lad who has come through the ranks, and he’s a local boy, and I would personly love to see him wear the armband.

  • Blair

    Jun 16, 2007 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Taylor with shay as vice

  • dinko

    Jun 16, 2007 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #7

    Yes Taylor is good choice but not yet. For 2 or 3 years Tayalor will be exellent captain but now I think that Shay deserve armband most of all curent players.

  • Archie Brand

    Jun 16, 2007 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #8

    I have no comment to make on who SHOULD be captain, just who should not.
    Taylor should not. He needs to sort himself out. If he’s not careful he could turn into another Bramble – not through lack of concentration, but through his habits of making rash challenges in dangerous places, and of course the infamous slap in the face he gives with those flailing arms. Give Sam a season to sort him out before trying to saddle him with the captaincy. If you give it to a player when they’re not ready it takes them out of the game – think Scott Parker here.
    Also who elses shouldn’t get it? Given.
    Can you imagine given sprinting up the pitch to give Martins a bollocking because he’s not giving his all, or not getting back, or not putting the challenges in? It’s just not practical – there have been very few successful goal keeping captains. And those that were had teams that were already sorted.

    Just one more comment on the article itself.
    Do you guys have a crystal ball or something? Don’t know how else you can be so brave as to make such bold statements.

    Unless of course the beginning of the season was only 8 weeks away, and even the dullest of tactical wits would expect to have our captain in place when we start.

    But then perhaps, to paraphrase the great John Cleese, your specialist subject on Mastermind could be “stating the bleeding obvious”.

  • Pete

    Jun 16, 2007 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #9

    Spot on Archie.

    I don’t think Taylor really has the respect of the other players. Can you imagine Taylor telling Nicky Butt, Given or Solano what to do? They will just give him a slap.

    The best captains are midfielders and out of the midfielders we have maybe Emre would be the best captain, Solano will not be a regular, Milner is too young, Dyer is too much of a girl, Zogs is too young, Barton is too much of a thug and too new.

    We really don’t have captain material anymore at newcastle. I don’t see how you can justify giving the captaincy to anyone young, they should be respected and respect is built through time.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 16, 2007 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #10

    Not sure Taylor is mature enough or ready to be captain – have a feeling Sam may just make Barton captain – boy would that be a surprise – but maybe needed to get him to sort himself out. Like Shay Given – model professional and great for Newcastle.

  • Lin

    Jun 16, 2007 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #11

    Ed-I share the share the same opinion with you. I guess Barton will be chosen as captain- think what Sam said about Okocha. Sam brought Okocha in and made him captain. However, I think Barton is too new and his bad reputation on and off the field may be unfavourable to be a captain in a short time. Butt may be a good candidate as he’s professional and a midfielder.

  • Greg B

    Jun 16, 2007 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #12

    I can see it now, first game of the season away at Bolton, Barton as captain. Dyer runs clear, into the box, Barton is in acres of space…..
    Dyer rounds the keepr and blasts the ball over the bar….#

    Barton: Dyer you *&$%^&^& (*%&^%7! I was &%^$%£$% clear you ^&%^$$% selfish %%%!
    Dyer: Who the ^%$£$ are you talking to you *&^%%^^ *&^%? Does your Mrs like &&&&^%^&* *&%8 you horible scouse &&^%!!

    Barton definate NO for captain!
    Taylor not yet.
    Butt no.
    Solano no.
    Carr no.
    Given maybe.

    Id personally give the captains armband to Owen.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 16, 2007 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #13

    Archie – maybe we should tone down on some of the statements – but I blame it on the coffee – too much caffeine!
    Assume your comment relates to other articles – this one is quite placid – isn’t it?

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 16, 2007 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #14

    Lin – you could be right.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 16, 2007 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #15

    Greg – that certainly would be a nightmare beginning – you are assuming Dyer will still be around by then. If we can get Tottenham or whoever to cough up 10M – we should take it. 😀

  • nightfall

    Jun 16, 2007 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #16

    i read that we’ll sign curtis…maybe he’s the one?

  • Craig

    Jun 16, 2007 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #17

    I’ve never understood the philosophy of a goalkepper being captain. Given is a great professional and has been a loyal servant, but you have to give the armband to an outfield player, just to get that balance right.

    Don’t think Taylor is quite ready yet, he’s still learning and to give him the captancy would be a receipe for diaster.

    Dare I say Michael Owen? If he’s here, ofcourse.

  • dinko

    Jun 16, 2007 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #18

    Why not goalkeeper? Given can talk with players as a captain before the game,after the game,on the training ground and always on the pitch during set pieces. In my opinion captain must be the most respectiv player in the team and i do not see any other player in newcastle who is like Shay Given. Loyal, consistent and simply the best. When players go out on the ground they should be ready to give 110 % without captain sugestions during game. Shay can talk with players in dresing room and motivated them. Hi is in Newcastle a 100 years i think and he is only who deserved armband on the pich.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 16, 2007 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #19

    Craig – just don’t think Michael would make a good captain – he doesn’t seem to have the leadership qualities of an Alan Shearer – but that reminds me – when he gets back from Dubai – he’ll need to let his employers know if he’s staying – training starts in about 3 weeks.

  • ryan magomu

    Jun 16, 2007 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #20

    taylor to be captain?i dont think.he is probably stil young and rally the troops.we need someone who can command alot of respect from the rest of the players and the coaching staff as well.most probably solano or given though am not one guy who likes captains to be goal keepers.

  • ryan magomu

    Jun 16, 2007 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #21

    dinko why would u only wait for the dressing room to talk to your fellow troops.u need to be doing the talking on and off the field.so in my opinion i dont think i goal keeper is best for that post.no hard feelings for shay coz he is one player who gives 120% on pitch.if he wasnt a keeper i would make him my captain.whats suits him is vice captain there is no doubt about that

  • AlexW

    Jun 16, 2007 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #22

    Okay Club Captain definatley has to go to Given, for his loyalty and professionalism, however in a match keepers = captain = dirty pile of poop

    I therefore feel that we need someone like Butt to take the arm band on a match day and take the responsibilities, however not certain if he will be a regular next season.

    Therefore the best captain to take the armband on a match day, remember Given being the club captain, in the current sqaud has to be Tayler, young age however a very mature player. But of the players connected with newcastle i think Curtis Davies would make a very good captain.

  • aviluck

    Jun 18, 2007 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #23

    I think Butt is the special one


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