Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Want Toon Team Full of Leaders, Says Magpies Boss; Pardew Looking for Senior Pros to Take Responsibility Alongside Skipper

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Want Toon Team Full of Leaders, Says Magpies Boss; Pardew Looking for Senior Pros to Take Responsibility Alongside Skipper

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Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer lee.ryder@trinitymirror.com

ALAN PARDEW has revealed he wants leadership everywhere on the field next season.

And the Newcastle United manager has announced two official vice-captains to help him achieve it in Cheick Tiote and new boy Siem De Jong.

The Magpies will stick with Fabricio Coloccini as club captain and his role will not change.

Last season Newcastle badly lacked leaders during the club's poor form in 2014 which resulted in seven losses out of eight in the Premier League run-in.

Now Pardew has moved to address that issue.

In De Jong he now has a former Ajax skipper who led the Dutch giants to a host of trophies during his stay in Amsterdam.

Pardew said over the weekend: "At Newcastle I have great faith in Fabricio Coloccini, but we have also just last week announced two official vice-captains in Cheick Tiote and Siem de Jong, who was captain at Ajax, giving us three players from different areas of the pitch to take that bit of extra responsibility."

Coloccini was appointed captain in 2011 by Pardew after Kevin Nolan was sold to West Ham United.

His first season resulted in Newcastle finishing fifth but a lowly 16th finish and a patchy 2013/14 campaign - which was also hit by injury - resulted in some low points for the Argentinian.

Pardew said: "Coloccini is a relatively quiet lad, who leads by example and presence and his calmness on the ball.

"The most vocal guy does not necessarily mean the best leader, although previously we had Kevin Nolan, who was very vocal in the dressing-room and a great organiser of the group."

There will be plenty emphasis on Pardew's tactics in the early part of the season.

And - speaking in the Independent on Sunday - Pardew feels the World Cup has suggested that the traditional use of the 4-4-2 formation is out of date. …

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