Steve McClaren comments on who will be named Newcastle captain

Steve McClaren

McClaren has yet to decide who will be named captain for Newcastle’s opening game of the season.

With the Premier League campaign opening this weekend, Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren has told the Chronicle that he has still not decided who will captain the Magpies for the first game of the season - despite Fabricio Coloccini still being club captain.

McClaren said: “You will find that out next week. It [the captain’s armband] has been passed around all over the place. We have a senior group and I have kind of passed it around that group.

“Coloccini is the club captain but will he play next week? We don’t know, so will he captain next week? We don’t know.”

Although the comments sound as if Coloccini will remain club captain for the foreseeable future, there are still doubts about whether he will actually stay at St James’ Park, with Crystal Palace interested in signing him.

The Daily Mail reported over the weekend that Alan Pardew wanted to reunite with the centre-back at Selhurst Park, although it was stated that McClaren wants to keep him on Tyneside.

Tim Krul captained the side during the 1-0 friendly loss to Borussia Monchengladbach, whilst Moussa Sissoko took the armband at times last year. It is likely that one of those two will be selected to lead out the team on Saturday, although the case could be made for Georginio Wijnaldum to captain the Magpies - having just led his PSV team to the Eredivisie title.

McClaren himself is still unsure as to who will captain his team when the season starts, with Coloccini likely to be absent. But even if the Argentine veteran was available for selection, McClaren would be wise to look at the alternate - and better - options for captain in his squad.

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