Rafael Benitez addresses the Newcastle captaincy issue

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Newcastle United are in danger of getting relegated to the Championship.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has suggested to The Chronicle that defender Fabricio Coloccini will get the captain’s armband once he returns to action.

Coloccini did not feature for Newcastle against Leicester City in the Premier League on Monday evening due to a calf injury.

Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, who joined the Magpies from Swansea City in the January transfer window, was the skipper at the King Power Stadium.

Benitez will have a decision to make regarding the captaincy once Coloccini is fully fit, but the Spaniard does not seem to be too fussed about it.

“Not really,” the former Liverpool manager told The Chronicle when asked if he had been left with a big decision regarding the captaincy. “We knew that Jonjo Shelvey could be captain.

“I don’t see any point in creating something about this. Shelvey is captain now and Coloccini maybe will be in the future. The main thing for me is whether they can perform on the pitch.”

Benitez is right in not making too much about the Newcastle captaincy, as at the end of the day it is about the collective.

What the Spaniard needs to do is motivate his players and make them play to the best of their abilities.

Coloccini or Shelvey may have his role as captain, but the buck stops with Benitez, who replaced Steve McClaren as the Newcastle boss last week.

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