As the dust settled on the summer signings and a few of us wondered what the coming season might hold for us, there was a signing that didn’t exactly slip under the radar, but perhaps didn’t get the coverage it deserved.

Well it certainly should now.

That ‘signing’ was of course our inspirational leader. Step forward (quietly), Mr Coloccini.

With Pardew still a fan of his, there was talk of him going to Palace to join him. If only. However, after apparently consulting with members of the first team, our manager/coach/email writer, or whoever, delightedly announced that Colo was staying and to remain as captain too. A double whammy!

Now let me make something perfectly clear, before you think I’m just changing the name Shola for Colo, or Willo, or whoever.

Coloccini has been a great servant to the club. He has done really well for us and had some terrific games but those days have sadly gone, along with his pace (and ability to speak). We are now left with an aging mute, who might be a lovely bloke on and off the pitch – he stayed behind to sign an autograph for my kids and loads of others while the other players broke the sound barrier to get away. But now’s now and then’s then, to pinch a line from Golden Gordon.

There is no room for sentiment in football but while the club persists with Colo as captain and/or player, we are offering the most generous gifts to visiting teams. This club seems to have suffered with this problem in the past.

Are they insistent on squeezing every last drop of effort out of him. Now unfortunately the effect on the team is there for all to see. His body language is that of a defeated man – just picture how Stuart Pearce, Alan Shearer, or even dog lover Roy Keane, would have reacted to yesterday’s goals. Colo says nothing.

At this moment in time we don’t need a quiet leader we need a lunatic to go mental at those whose standards drop below what is expected. We do need a leader to lead by example and that example needs to have pace and a physical presence.

Now at this point I have paused to type in the ‘for example’ and insert a name but none spring to mind.

Barton, Nolan, Carroll maybe. Colback? Maybe. But just not Colo. Just because the other players like him does not mean he is the best captain.

Now this is one big mistake that can be rectified. But will it happen or will we just see more exasperated looks from the curly haired one as x, y and z run him ragged?

Laschelles and Mbemba at the back, Austin in January and make him captain too. There, said it.

If this gets published I wonder if the accompanying picture will be that one that shows Coloccini is cross-eyed too?!

He’s a nice bloke though! Just wish we could welcome him back and applaud him for another team rather than ours.

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