Should Fabricio Coloccini be stripped of the Newcastle captaincy?

Fabricio Coloccini

Newcastle captain Coloccini has been exceptionally poor this season.

Coloccini agreed a new contract with Newcastle over the summer when it appeared his future lay elsewhere, and Steve McClaren started the season with the Argentine centre-back as his key player.

He also retained the captain’s armband, despite doubts creeping into his game last season, and many believe he does not have the required ability now to be playing every week.

However, as he is captain, Coloccini has started every game in the Premier League this season for the Magpies, showing his decline was not just a case of poor form, but an actual drop in his abilities.

Aside from a strong performance in the 0-0 draw with Manchester United, Coloccini has looked off the pace and out of touch with the demands of the Premier League.

However, McClaren has shown faith in him, although it could just be because he is the captain of the side.

If Coloccini was stripped of the captaincy, there would be no need to keep playing him, and this would send a much better message to the rest of the playing squad.

Coloccini is being continually selected to play despite the fact he is underperforming, and this is a message to the other players that their places are secured in the team despite their form.

McClaren could make a bold decision are pull the armband off Coloccini, showing that no one in the squad - even the supposed untouchable captain - is safe from being cut if their performances continue to be so poor.

Newcastle need something to kickstart their season after a dreadful opening eight games which have brought no wins and a last placed position. McClaren needs to impose himself upon the Newcastle squad, and stripping Coloccini of the captain’s armband could be the first decision he makes to revitalise his players.

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