Newcastle United manager John Carver has suggested in the Northern Echo that he doesn’t feel it’s his responsibility to run the side’s dressing room.
Carver feels that job is the responsibility of the club’s captain, which leaves the Magpies with a big problem for the game against Tottenham this weekend.
With Moussa Sissoko banned and Cheikh Tiote out of action with injury, the returning Fabricio Coloccini will have little support from the other leaders Carver has installed in the dressing room.
“We need to give the captaincy to somebody who is responsible, who is a leader. The players will follow a leader,” said Carver.
“In the 80s and the 90s, your captain ran your dressing room for you. I know it's changed now.”
“I shouldn't have to go in there and manage that dressing room – that's what your captains are there for.”
Coloccini should slot back into the team, but being the leader in the dressing room away from the field is a big pressure and challenge. Any captain needs to be well supported.
There are candidates who can step forward and provide some leadership qualities in the squad such as Daryl Janmaat and Carver’s anxiety in this area will be improved with a good result this weekend.
Newcastle have not been on a good run of form and have slipped into the bottom half of the table, but Tottenham have been inconsistent in recent weeks.
Hopefully the fans do turn out this weekend and avoid the appeal of protesting against the powers that be at the club and hopefully they’ll get right behind the team, as the Magpies look to get back on track and end the season in good fashion.