Argentinean defender Fabricio Coloccini has been named as Newcastle captain following the departure of previous incumbent Kevin Nolan to West Ham. The former Deportivo man beat competition from Steven Taylor, Stuart Harper and Joey Barton, and will lead his side out against Arsenal on the first day of the season at St James’ Park on August 13th.
“I am thrilled to be named captain of Newcastle United. It is one of the proudest moments of my career. Leading the team out in front of our supporters in our first game against Arsenal will be a great honour for me and I aim to give my best for the team and the supporters throughout the season,” he reportedly stated in The Daily Mail.
“I would also like to thank Alan Pardew for putting his faith in me. It means so much to me.”
The former Charlton and West Ham manager believes he has selected the right man for the job.
“I had no hesitation in choosing Fabricio to be my captain next season. He will lead the team in a different manner to Kevin, but his professionalism, attitude, application and fantastic character made him the stand-out candidate and, in my mind, the 100% right decision,” the 49-year-old stated.
Meanwhile, Barton congratulated the South American on his Twitter account, and showed no ill-feeling that he was overlooked.
“I’m happy for Colo and it’s probably the correct decision given my precarious contract situation, gives stability. I’ll be a leader without an armband and I’ll be there for Colo as well as all the lads regardless. Selfishly, it lets me concentrate on playing well every week,” the 28-year-old observed.