Newcastle boss wants 11 captains out on the pitch

Daryl Janmaat was captain against Sheffield United
Daryl Janmaat was captain against Sheffield United
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Steve McClaren says the captaincy at Newcastle United is not important – as every player should be a leader on the pitch.

McClaren has passed the skipper’s armband round his team this pre-season in the absence of injured captain Fabricio Coloccini.

Daryl Janmaat, Jack Colback and Moussa Sissoko have all led the team in the club’s first five games.

Head coach McClaren, however, insisted that Coloccini – who has been struggling with an Achilles problem – remains the club’s captain and will skipper the team if fit.

But there is a question mark over the future of Coloccini, who has not played this pre-season.

McClaren has leant heavily on a “senior leadership group” – including stand-in skippers Janmaat, Colback and Sissoko – since taking charge.

It is not clear whether Coloccini is part of that group.

Asked about the rotating captaincy, McClaren said: “I’m still throwing that around at the present moment.

“I can understand the importance of captains in cricket and rugby, but to be honest, I want 11 captains out there. I want them all wearing an armband and being leaders.

“We’ve developed a senior leadership group since we’ve come in, and the ones who are taking the armband in the matches are part of that group.

“I want them to show their seniority and experience on the field – but I want 11 people like that out there, not just one.”

Meanwhile, midfielder Cheick Tiote is a doubt for tomorrow night’s friendly against York City at Bootham Crescent.

Tiote missed Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane with a knee problem.

“Cheick should be back in training on Monday,” said McClaren. “He had a little niggle on his knee, but hopefully he’ll be back okay.”

McClaren, born near York, will assess the rest of his squad before deciding on his team for Bootham Crescent.

“We’ll have to assess that,” he said. “Do we need another game to get the travel and everything out of their legs?

“We’ll be assessing that over the next couple of days, although we’ve certainly got some players who still need minutes under their belt.

“We’ll be looking at those and trying to make sure that they get those minutes at York.”