Captain caveman!

Colo delighted by captaincy.
Newcastle have named Fabricio Coloccini as the club captain for the 2011/2012 Premier League season.

Colo will replace the now departed Kevin Nolan in the role as skipper as he looks to lead a new look Newcastle United into the new season.

The Argie was just about the winner in our poll when we asked you guys who you thought should be the next Captain of NUFC as he finished just ahead of Joey Barton. The pair took a turn each at leading the lads last season, but it’s Colo who has seemingly got your backing to wear the armband. You can see the results below.

Who should be our next captain?

  • Fabricio Coloccini (37%, 274 Votes)
  • Joey Barton (29%, 215 Votes)
  • Steven Taylor (22%, 165 Votes)
  • Cheik Tiote (9%, 64 Votes)
  • Someone else (4%, 31 Votes)

Total Voters: 749

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I’ve a sneaking suspicion that Joey Barton would have got the armband had it not been for the contract wrangle and the subsequent Twitter ranting, but hey ho, it wasn’t to be and Colo is the man. Naturally he is delighted to have the honour of being club captain, but then again so was Kevin Nolan just before he moved to West Ham….. Speaking to the official club website, Coloccini had this to say:

“I am thrilled to be named captain of Newcastle United. It is one of the proudest moments of my career,” said Coloccini.

“Leading the team out in front of our supporters in our first game against Arsenal will be a great honour for me and I aim to give my best for the team and the supporters throughout the season. I would also like to than Alan Pardew for putting his faith in me. It means so much to me.”

Meanwhile Alan Pardew, who had initially insisted that he would wait to see who could prove themselves to be captain material, now claims that the decision was never in doubt.

“I had no hesitation in choosing Fabricio to be my captain next season,” Pardew told nufc.co.uk.

“He will lead the team in a different manner to Kevin but his professionalism, attitude, application and fantastic character made him the standout candidate and, in my mind, the 100 per cent right decision.”

Time will tell on that one of course……

It does make sense though. Colo is going to be a regular starter, he is one of our best performers, he is a crowd favourite, is a model professional, and he gives his all to the cause. Particularly impressive when you factor in his shaky start to life on Tyneside.

Getting back to the votes, Colo got mine. He may not be as vocal on the pitch as some of our former captains have been, but you can’t deny that he won’t lead by example. I’m made up for him.

Now to his first job…… Getting his mate to sign that new deal!

49 thoughts on “Captain caveman!

  1. The choice Pardew said he would be making a week before the start of the season when he’d tried a few options? I think Colo is a good choice but why does Pardew always say one thing and then another happens, just makes him look like a complete tit!

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  2. i hope he’s very successful at the job – and it persuades him to renew his contract and stay for the next 5 years…(are you listening Dekka)?

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  3. Aw dont get rid of him toonsy! It’s too much fun.

    He calls colo old when his new star defenders are older than colo!

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  4. This wasn’t the article I have been looking forward too but happy to see it all the same. 😀

    Colo is 100% the right choice.

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  5. Moreno – I thought I’d better cover this as it’s pretty important I guess. The other one will be up in a bit 😉

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  6. Pardew- I’m going to wait till august to name a captain.
    Mike- why? Still undecided?
    Pardew- I can’t decide between Colo and Barton.
    Mike-………….. Your not seriously considering Barton.
    Pardew- I think he can do a good job leading the lads
    Mike-………….. Let me rephrase. Your not considering Barton.
    Pardew-……….. I’m going to go have a talk with Colo.
    Mike- aye, you do that 😉

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  7. i was worring a bit about bedding in 4 new players,christ mrs doubtfire got his work cut with 9 or is it 11 havent looked for the past ten min,theres a few at the post office drawing there money if he cares to look 😀

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  8. Aye JG,

    I think you are bang on there. Before the lads got back to training he was going to give a few people a chance during pre-season and decide then.

    The lads have got back and my guess is Joey has either ruled himself out, he hasn’t integrated with the new signings or the decision has been made for Pards.

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  9. Im pleased Colo has got it he deserves it. He is something of an ever-present as well and thats what you want as captain.

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  10. Strange decision I think. He’s 29, he’s the biggest earner at the club, his contract has only 2 years to run so I see him being sold next year.

    I would have given it to Tiote.

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  11. Moreno- I ment it a bit tongue in cheek 😆
    But something had to go wrong for it to go from a month to 2 days.
    I hope he simply decided that it might create a bit of dissension among the lads that missed out. I doubt we’ll ever find out the reasoning…

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  12. Richie @ 2 thats because he really is a complete tit. I think he may do a good job here who knows ,but it just seems soon as words leave his mouth they are completly forgotton about,then something else flutters into his head and he comes out with something contradictory. 😕

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  13. @22. The timing is interesting. But I guess he only had 3 real choices- taylor, collo and JB. Tough to give it to taylor over collo since taylor’s been hurt so much while collo has been a rock. Pardew might not have wanted to give it to JB (or been told not give to JB) due to 1-year left on his contract/potential transfer plus some of the twitter nonsense.

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  14. MDS- I think the Choice is pretty obvious but the thing is why say your going to wait till august then announce it 2 days latter.
    Maybe I’m over thinking it but if he gave us any credit, I think he’d wait at least 2 weeks now that he’s said it. Even if he had already decided. At least so he wouldn’t look like such a get…

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  15. After Joey’s twittering and non committing, Colo was the only choice.
    We are becoming a poor man’s Barca. Not a bad thing.

    Colo is our Puyol, Taylor our Pique, Ben Arfa our Messi, Cabaye our Xavi, Tiote our Busquets. 😉

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  16. Mornin’ lads. How’s all today?

    Sy-

    did we wind up keeping the Mackem? If we did, I don’t wanna be responsible for it or clean up after it. Also, I WILL contribute to the veterinary bills, but only if it’s a charitable tax write-off 😆 😆 😆

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  17. Just off topic. And O know its been said…
    But fantastic job on the site upgrades. Really by far and away the best out there.

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  18. JG-I don’t know the reason- maybe he had a change of heart, maybe he saw something in the first few days of training that changed his mind, maybe your JB theory is right, or maybe he just spouts out whatever comes into his head at the moment- or maybe a combination of all the above.

    anyway, I’m glad it was settled early.

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  19. I see Vaughn is targeting top 6 with Sunderland.

    Free or not, it’s always a risk signing people with severe mental issues

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  20. My gut starting to tell me that we’re gonna finish the season with carver as our manager. I hope not. I hope we’re battling for European footy and all the new lads look good.
    Getting zoggy in might make me feel better.

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  21. JG….maybe not a bad thing, he does have a 100% win record as Toon manager after all 😉

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  22. Looks like we are going to get 2m for routledge. We`ll now be able to afford to buy a new mower for the pitch and employ an extra groundsman to go with it.

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  23. I think JG summed it up perfectly 🙄
    I’m happy that the decision has been made sooner than later and would just like to wish Colo all the best in the role.
    He’s man enough to admit when he makes mistakes and will get the respect of the remainder of the squad.
    Now all he has to do is convince Jose to stay 😆
    HWTL

    Makem john – whats an “arsheloe” ❓ ❓
    numpty :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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  24. the groundsman will have to be an apprentice on min wage tho. So long as he is under 30. And the mower better have a resale value too :mrgreen:

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  25. cannot belive fans keep hopeing jose will sign a contract he wants to play for who will pay him the most,shown nee respect to club or fans has shown we are second best at most,fk off jose somewhere i only want players who want to play for toon 👿

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  26. Your right Icedog I wished Pardew would make a decision to sell and then replace. Jose is taking the water and no player is bigger than the club.

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  27. Moreno @ 33…pure comedic gold, that comment.

    So, Routledge is off to Forest. Has any player ever been “Promoted” 3 times in a row? I have to say that would be a rather unique accomplishment I think if he is on 3 successive promoted teams. Hoping he can do it…always appreciated his service to the club.

    As for Colo as captain, I am very pleased with that.

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  28. FS dead right m8,its simple if you got a offer of a job and you said just hold on i want to see if i get a better offer from someone else what would you be told,yes you know 😉

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  29. I hope we get 2M for rout just so I can read “ashley’s made a profit this window!!!!” in 300 successive comments. 😡

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  30. Ice I have to agree with you, re Jose, but I just dont want the hassle of replacing him. You know we’ll get about £10M for him and be looking to bring in a cheapo replacement 👿
    Thats why I would rather he stayed, even tho he is extracting the wee.

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  31. Seemingly Essien has sustained a bad injury in training does that mean they will go after Tiote? God ! hope not

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  32. BB i see your point mate,but imo there are better l.b. better than him knocking about if you notice the clubs that are thought to want him ie l/pool,gunners,m/city have bid elsewhere for l/bs hes second choice for them or he would have gone already,i just think “we” shouldnt be his second choice

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