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Jonjo Shelvey Offers Newcastle An In-Your-Face Captain

It was interesting that  Jonjo Shelvey was given the captain’s armband in yesterday’s friendly game against Lillestrom in La Manga,  when captain Fabricio Coloccini was rested and the former Swansea. Liverpool and Charlton play-maker certainly showed some captain’s qualities in the game, before he was substituted in the 66th minute.

jonjo shelvey on debut clenched fists

Jonjo Shelvey – showing some good leadership

Shelvey is much more vocal and aggressive than Coloccini on the pitch and more like one of our former great recent captains Kevin Nolan, who was captain for only one season before he left Newcastle in 2011 for West Ham.

But Kevin managed to captain the side to a 5-1 home win over Sunderland and get a hat-trick in that game on Halloween in 2010.

In the last six matches against the Black Cats we have had too many wimps playing in the famous black and white stripes of Newcastle – and we’re not particularly  looking forward to the next derby game on 20th March – although our players do usually show up for home games – so that may help.


It’s going to be interesting to see what Steve McClaren does through the end of the season on the captaincy – if anything – maybe appoint Jonjo as the vice captain so he has some authority on the field?

That’s so  when our players aren’t producing he can wake them up with some vocal wake up calls in the Kevin Nolan mold.


Kevin Nolan – great captain for Newcastle

And maybe Steve can show some real guts and appoint Jonjo as the captain through the end of the season but that would sound the death knell for Fabricio Coloccini at Newcastle.

We don’t think that will happen but desperate times require desperate measures so maybe there’s some chance Steve McClaren could do that to shake up the players – certainly they need to wake up in some games.

When Newcastle have collapsed this season in games – which is far too many times – that’s been missing so as well as provide some real creativity in the center of midfield it looks like Jonjo Shelvey can also provide some motivation and leadership on the pitch too.

He is no shrinking violet on or off the field – and it seems like that’s exactly what we need to wake up some of our players to fight and show some real spirit when things get tough in some of our 12 remaining games – which they will do.

We cannot have any more collapses like at Everton or Chelsea in any of our 12 remaining games of the season.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • one fine day

    Feb 21, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Just catching up on the last weeks posts
    Can anyone shed any light on the whole chancel / toon from Leeds /troll /thing ?
    Can’t quite work out what’s gone on .

  • croftus5678

    Feb 21, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #2

    keep him as captain.

    the better captains have come from the likes of gerrard and lampard and this lad is from the same mould.

    no one is cared of colo but if shelvey says something i’d expect a fair few to jump.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 21, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Has Mclaren got the bottle to change it, I doubt it and it would only work if we could drop Collocini but who do we drop him for, would STaylor and Lascelles be better.


    Feb 21, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #4

    You don’t need an armband to be a leader. I’d think Janmaat is a more likely successor to Colo

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 21, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #5

    One fine day,
    TFL changed his name to Chancel after being moderated for constantly plugging his own site nufcdigest, the guy who owned that site was Rob Vollans, Ed confirmed that Chancels e mail used to be Rob Vollans. The trolling was done by Rob Vollans. Tfl/chancel fabricated stories of illness to gain sympathy. Young magpie from Burnley always appeared and disappeared at the same time. I think that’s an accurate summary.

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 21, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #6

    Jeez i was giving out yards about carr 18 months ago and more along with maybe two other guys on here. Glad to see the local media and fans have finally caught up. We dont read any more about carrs amazing network of contacts any more thankfully.

  • AncientC

    Feb 21, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #7

    Doing a Leeds = poor ownership that overpays the wrong type of players and gets the club relegated.

    Not only has Ashley not spared the club this fate, he has in fact done a Leeds once already, with the club sitting pretty to do a Leeds again this very season.

    Is that saving the club from doing a Leeds? I think not.

    It is all very well to say Ashley can siphon club revenues to his other business, stagnating the club debt because he owns the club, but that leaves the club in a more toxic position when Ashley is gone. Somebody has to pay that debt, if will not be Ashley, and the next owner will take that debt out of club finances as they see fit.

  • one fine day

    Feb 21, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Thanks Jfa,
    I do remember him arriving on the blog as toon from Leeds.
    I and a few other did ask him if it was his site as he was constantly linking it .
    He always explained it as it was just another site he liked .. Strange.
    The whole illness thing does grate as he gathered a lot of unwarranted sympathy here from some very decent caring folk .
    Seems every stream back then had people wishing him well .
    At a loss to explain his motivation as I always thought he was one of those posters who wanted to talk football and get involved in the other stuff here .
    Didn’t see that one coming

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 21, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #9

    Take this latest one that got away, Kone down the road, a big strong CB we’ve been linked with for a couple of years, is that Carrs fault we never signed him?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 21, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #10

    Morning Ron…I think it’s the worse case scenario people are dwelling on…

    …we could go straight up again but I doubt we will do that with both Charnley and McC. We have seen what McC can do with a good Championship side 😉

    Jail…great! Gives us plenty of time to sort you out then! Do you have anything to at from last night?

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 21, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #11

    Cheers jfa. I think newbies should undergo some sort of interrogation before they are allowed to spout on here. Getting a mackem troll to admit some home truths about their team or town might hurt them enough to put them off 🙂

  • hibbitt

    Feb 21, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #12

    i think it all comes down to the fact Eds blog works his didn’t so he decided to spoil/disrupt Eds blog !!!!!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 21, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #13

    I agree with Yo…you don’t need an armband to be a leader. It’s just symbolic!

    Basically you could rotate the armband; would probably build character and force alot of players to stand up! Plus we have a problem with benching the captain. Would solve that 😉

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 21, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #14

    Jail, it could be, who knows? It could be carr,ashley,charnley or smc. Perhaps he wasnt on mondials books. You consistently blame ashley for carrs choices. Its quite ridiculous really. Do you think thauvin was ashleys fault or do u think ashley didnt allocate enough dosh for the purchase ?

  • Veltman

    Feb 21, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #15

    No doubt shelvey is more vocal & aggressive than Colo,that’s why I initially delighted when we signed him.But the captaincy should be remained with Colo for the rest of the season.

  • Premiership Manager

    Feb 21, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #16

    When Shelvey demonstrates he can work for 90 minutes and actually run for the ball or break a sweat, I would consider it.

    To date he’s had two good games and two where he didn’t turn up and now we are talking about potential captaincy? You’re right he’ll fit in well, maybe we should go the whole hog and put him on the board.

    We do need a leader but make it somebody who the players will respect. At the moment I can only see Sissoko or Wijnaldum with the former getting the vote.

    If we want a proper captain we should pay the price and bring Cahill in from Chelsea. It would sort the defense out, he’d be a good replacement for Collo and he’d be a damn good captain.

    Add a good LB and the defense would be sorted and then we would be able to build the team around a solid back four which in retrospect has been our problem for the last 25 or so years

  • No Defence

    Feb 21, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #17

    I agree with you, Winaldum would get my vote, I remember not that long ago Colo saying I’m not going to shout at the other players like a child. (that’s your job)


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