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Time for Coloccini to lose the Newcastle Captain’s armband?

6 years ago
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Isn’t it time that Coloccini lost the Newcastle Captain’s armband and it was handed to Sisokko or someone else permanently?

In recent weeks Coloccini has blown hot and cold and yet again his performance was poor in the defeat at Old Trafford.

However, in one aspect our current captain fails consistently and that is on the issue of leadership on the field of play.

When things are going badly the team simply falls apart, as shown in recent weeks. That is due to having no commanding figure to rally the team and get everyone to roll up their sleeves. All the successful teams have such a figure…..Terry at Chelsea….Kompany at Man City….and even Rooney at Man U has a real go at his colleagues when things are going badly. With Colo we get no such inspiration, simply a hangdog look when  the chips are down.

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In the defeat against our traditional enemy down the road in the derby fixture, the team suffered from a complete loss of discipline in the last five minutes when players were guilt of ‘gung ho’ football and left the back door completely open.

And who was one of the players chasing about like a headless chicken and totally out of position on the goal…well our skipper Colo of course.

There is a lot of clamour for a striker in the transfer window. Of greater priority is a commanding central defender and potential captain who can organise the back line and hold that part of the side together.

I recently watched a DVD featuring Brian Clough, who had his fair share of success, and who preached the mantra that ‘good sides are built on clean sheets’.

Well in the last three away games we have conceded eleven goals in total. Doesn’t that say it all?

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