McClaren wants ‘more vocal’ Coloccini at Newcastle

Date published: Friday 13th November 2015 11:42

Steve McClaren: Hoping Fabricio Coloccini orders team-mates about

Steve McClaren: Hoping Fabricio Coloccini orders team-mates about

Steve McClaren has revealed he is actively “encouraging” Fabricio Coloccini to become “more vocal” – as he believes it will only improve his performances for Newcastle.

Some Newcastle supporters have questioned the wisdom in making the Argentine United’s captain, due to his reluctance to order his team-mates about.

This is something McClaren himself has noticed, and while he believes leadership is a ‘collective responsibility’, he does understand the argument for Coloccini to be more vocal on the pitch.

“I think Fabricio was terrific against Manchester United (during the 0-0 draw at Old Trafford back in August),” McClaren told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.

“It’s (leadership’s) a collective thing and maybe, sometimes, Fabricio tries to plug the gaps of everybody.

“Sometimes, he tries to look after everybody instead of looking after his own game, and that can expose him.

“When Colo’s at his best, he concentrates on his job and I think that was the case on Saturday.

“He did that excellently, and it was a good job we had him.”

During the summer, Coloccini was linked with a reunion with ex-Magpies boss Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace but the Argentine eventually committed to United by signing a contract extension until at least 2017.

And McClaren has revealed that, once Coloccini committed, the Newcastle head coach and his backroom staff started working with the defender to become “more vocal”.

McClaren added: “He leads by example. We’ve talked to him a lot about the responsibility and the role that he has within the team.

“Once he came back (in the summer) and committed to us and bought in (by signing a contract extension), he’s been terrific.

“I think he’s becoming more vocal, and that’s something we’re encouraging. If we keep on this way, then we’ll be okay.

“He has to lead by example to gain that respect.

“He knows and we tell him – as captain, you have to make sure that you do your job first, and make sure you do it well.

“On Saturday, when we needed him, he was really top drawer.”

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    Steve McClaren is actively “encouraging” Fabricio Coloccini to become “more vocal” – as he believes it will only improve his performances.

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    Marshy I can just see it now “whoops was that my man”? “Was I supposed to mark him”? “Yahoo, charge, follow the ball” Mind you he’s played better lately.



    As a captain he should be doing that automatically. Very poor choice as captain. The fact that he can’t mark, is constantly out of position and looses his man and forgets his assignments I suppose means he can’t be more vocal, as you can’t tell other people to do their job and to step up if you can’t do it yourself.

    as i said, poor captain



    Mav, when did collo become captain, when Nolan was sold and the following season we finished 5th, is that right, not sure. If that’s the case, when Nolan left, who would you have made captain?



    and since then what has happened eh vodka, 2 seasons of almost getting relegated and this season of goals leaking and our keepers under the cosh.

    Who would I have made captain, probably one of the whole squad you want to sell (as it seems the only one you want to keep is Collo). And to be honest there were a few options, but alas Pardew and Ashlery destroyed the team and the morale of the team so some of those left due to lack of ambition and proper coaching and management, and look what we were left with.



    What were the options mav, do you remember the team back then



    Cabaye our best player at the time, and Krull world class at the time. Instead we got captain quiet on the deline

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