Coloccini’s a Fab captain – Joey

The 29-year-old Argentinian defender was handed the armband by

manager Alan Pardew in the wake of Kevin Nolan’s departure for West

Ham. Barton himself had been touted as a possible replacement,

although his contract situation – he is in the final year of his

current deal and has been told he will not be offered another –

perhaps made that unlikely. However, the 28-year-old used his

Twitter account to express his support for Coloccini. He tweeted:

“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.”