Steve McClaren DEFENDS Fabricio Coloccini’s captaincy at Newcastle

Fabricio Coloccini
Fabricio Coloccini

Steve McClaren says it’s WRONG to blame Fabricio Coloccini for Newcastle United’s failings – as he needs 11 captains on the pitch.

McClaren’s side are 19th in the Premier League ahead of tomorrow’s home game against Liverpool.

Fabricio Coloccini

Fabricio Coloccini

And Coloccini has come in for heavy criticism this season given the an apparent lack of leadership in his struggling team.

McClaren’s side also looks to be too quiet, something the club’s head coach has attempted to address in recent weeks.

He said: “One thing we’ve also stressed is that you have to talk, encourage and cajole.

“That is not just the captain’s job – it is everybody’s. It is something everybody can do. We must talk and encourage. It keeps concentration and focus.

One thing we’ve also stressed is that you have to talk, encourage and cajole. That is not just the captain’s job, it’s everybody’s.

Steve McClaren

“When you go quiet, you lose that confidence, concentration and focus, which is what has been happening.”

McClaren feels Coloccini still has the “experience, and belief and confidence” needed to lead his team away from relegation trouble.

“He’s handling it (the criticism) very well,” said McClaren.

“One, he is used to it, and two, because he has got the experience. He knows he has got the experience, and belief and confidence in himself.

“He tries to demonstrate that every day, and that’s what he was doing. But captaincy and leadership are not about one player, it’s about everybody.”

McClaren also pointed to Coloccini’s performance against Bournemouth last month. The 33-year-old helped United to a 1-0 win at the Vitality Stadium.