Toon boss in no rush to name new skipper

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has revealed he is yet to decide on will be the club’s next on-field leader of the Toon Army.

Pardew needs to find a suitable successor to Kevin Nolan who left the club in the summer to team up once again with Sam Allardyce at West Ham.

The United boss says he will be making the call based on how the players perform in the pre-season. “I have ideas, but I will probably pick it with a week to go,” Pardew told the Northern Echo.

“We will see how pre-season unfolds and see how the squad assembles itself, how it looks and what shape it is in.

“I will then take a view from there because it is an important role, and a few players could wear the armband during the pre-season friendlies.”

Nolan, having departed the club for the Hammers last month, leaves a large group of players capable of taking on the captain’s band.

Joey Barton is one likely choice, with the midfielder taking on the captaincy for two games last season while Nolan was out injured.

While Barton has yet to renew his contract with Newcastle, Pardew has insisted that a contract may still be decided on during the season, before Barton’s current agreement runs out with the Toon in January.

Whoever does take on the skipper position at Newcastle will be leading a fresh faced squad next season, with the club signing four new players already.

Frenchmen Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux and Mehdi Abeid, as well as West Ham striker Demba Ba have already signed up while a deal with Swansea's Neil Taylor also looks close to completion.

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