Tim Krul has said that the performance and point against Chelsea has given the team something to build from.

However, he says that the players all have to take responsibility, plus they need to speak up.

The problem being though, is that the Dutch keeper says it is not in the nature of many of them to do that.

Whilst he had a decent game on Saturday, it is a big negative that we have a captain who hardly opens his mouth on and off the pitch.

We keep getting told that he is a different type of captain who does things quietly and gains the respect of the players in other ways, but the long winless streaks of recent years strongly suggest that Newcastle have had a dressing room for some time that lacks leaders.

When Coloccini fails in his responsibility of media duties by never (***once in over 7 years) appearing in front of the TV cameras before and especially after games, to represent the club and the players, it is an own goal for the club.

Whilst I’m not advocating just yet that Aleksandar Mitrovic is given the armband, his geeing up of the fans on Saturday was great to see and exactly what we need, especially when times are tough.

I don’t think Coloccini or Mitrovic are Captain material, something in between would be ideal but as Krul says, you also need as many other players as possible to step up and take responsibility.

Tim Krul:

“We need more people speaking but unfortunately that is not the style of some of the players.

“It needs to happen and it has happened. People need to take more responsibility, and I think we did that.”


“Some strong words were said after (Sheffield Wednesday), we had some meetings about it – it wasn’t good enough, it was far below par.

“We know that, but at least we showed a reaction, that is the reaction we should have shown two or three weeks ago but at least we are showing something, something to build on.”

Showed we are capable:

“A shame it wasn’t three points but I think the first-half performance was top class, that is the standard we set.

“We showed that we are capable and the fans reacted to that, it was a shame to throw a twogoal lead away, but you can’t complain about a finish like that from Ramires.”

We needed to be men:

“It’s always easier when people don’t expect us to get anything but we need to be more consistent, though we are showing signs. It is going to be a long journey with ups and downs, but this is the start.”

“I gave some quotes saying that we needed to be men and I think that’s what we showed.”