Steve McClaren has answered the Newcastle Captain question, saying that if he plays, Fabricio Coloccini captains the team – for the moment…

The new Head Coach suggesting that he is still to make his mind up, as the easy answer would have simply have been to say the club was keeping the status quo for next season.

McClaren further complicated things by also saying that he might use a different Newcastle Captain in each of the pre season friendlies, in a kind of try before you buy presumably.

With two completely different elevens playing in each half against Gateshead, Jack Colback and Cheick Tiote were given the honour in the opening match of United’s pre season (Coloccini wasn’t playing).

Other candidates thrown into the ring by supporters have included Daryl Janmaat, Siem de Jong and new signing Georginio Wijnaldum.

One positive is that if de Jong can stay fit, then in him and new signing Wijnaldum you appear to have two big characters who have captained their clubs in Holland from a young age.

Looking from the outside you can only make assumptions on the players’ characters and who would be ideal for the job, if indeed anybody is.

Personally, I would still love Newcastle to go out and get that big dominant centre-back that we have been going to sign for what seems like forever, with hopefully a natural imposing Newcastle Captain coming in as a bonus in that package.

Steve McClaren asked about the Newcastle Captain issue:

“Look, I know this is an issue and something that everybody is interested in, but for me, not for this moment.

“I’m not thinking about who’s captain, or going to be captain. Coloccini is the captain, at this moment…”

Different game different Captain?:

“Each game we play, maybe we will have a different captain. I like to do that, especially in pre-season.

“For the moment, if Coloccini plays, Coloccini is Captain.”