Fabricio Coloccini is just one of the many problems Steve McClaren has inherited at St James Park.
Any new manager rarely takes over a perfect situation as the reason for change is usually that because things have gone wrong.
Newcastle United definitely ticked that box under Alan Pardew.
McClaren has regularly bemoaned the pre season schedule he has been landed with, making his task even harder because of the scale of the job and with this being a shorter summer break than normal.
Usually a new manager would be heavily reliant on the senior coaching staff that remain (with Andy Woodman heading off, that means they’ve all gone), with the team captain surely the next in line for him to rely on.
However, at Newcastle even this isn’t simple.
With only a week to go, Steve McClaren says that he doesn’t even know who is going to be captain in the coming season….
When something as simple as this can’t be put into the public domain, it is no wonder fans wonder if we aren’t hearing the full story.
Surely if Coloccini is definitely staying and McClaren doesn’t see any major reason for change, then it is a simple case of confirming that the Argentine international remains in the position.
Instead, the Head Coach appears to be hiding behind the fact that Coloccini hasn’t appeared in the friendlies.
If, and for me it is a big IF, Coloccini has simply been injured. Then surely it is just a case of saying that he remains captain for the new season and if he’s not playing then such and such is the vice-captain (or vice-captains as Pardew had – Tiote and de Jong) and will take on the role in his absence.
Sorting out who is Newcastle Captain is now making it look as though our signings happen in the blink of an eye.
Steve McClaren talking to the Shields Gazette:
“You will find that out (before Southampton) because it has been passed around all over the place, hasn’t it.
“I think it is only me that’s not worn it.”
It’s not that I don’t care:
“No (haven’t made a decision yet) but you know, it isn’t that I don’t care but that they all should be captains.
“We’ve got a senior group of players and what I have done is passed it around that senior group.”
Will he play?:
“Coloccini is the club captain and will he play next week? We don’t know.
“Will he be captain next week? We don’t know. So let’s first get him out on the training field, let’s get him playing and see if he can start.”
I’m sure that there are many fans out there who hope that this delay is because another quality centre-back is going to be signed and form a brand new partnership with Chancel Mbemba, with the new dominant centre-half also a ready made captain.
We live in hope.