Coloccini – A Different Kind Of Captain
He is the model of calmness and control, leading the team by example and energy without spending his time hollering at the referee, getting into vendettas with opposition players and generally being as objectionable as possible.
This first struck me at the Manc away game when Colo was getting lumps kicked out of him by England’s finest and all he did was get up and shake Rooney’s hand. If ever there was a sending off that was it but instead of clocking Rooney, as we all probably would have done, he calmed the situation right down and got on with the game.
The affect this has on the team has to be a calming influence which has to be good psychologically, referees must see us as generally a decent honest team, hard at times but not one to get their backs up. The spat against the Makems was down to the occasion, pre-match hype and Lee Cattermole.
I think the appointment of Colo as captain has been critical to our success with the more volatile alternatives (Saylor, Cabaye, Tiote) liable to be distracted by vendettas and grievances on the pitch. If in doubt think of the following 3 captains and the influence they have had at their own teams this season; John Terry, Lee Cattermole & Joey Barton….not good.
Oh yes, he is a damned fine defender too, even Gary Neville put him in his team of the year – grudgingly.
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