Coloccini confident of beating the drop

Newcastle stalwart Fabricio Coloccini believes he is still the right man to lead the club as they continue to battle against relegation from the Premier League.

His leadership at the club has come under severe scrutiny in recent seasons as a loss in form for the 34-year-old centyre-back has seen results for the Magpies drop dramatically.

Coloccini is suffering from a calf strain and is doubtful for the next league encounter against Stoke, but there have been calls from the Toon faithful to strip him of the armband – calls that intensified after the 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Chelsea.

However, the Argentine insisted he can lead Steve McClaren's side to safety when asked if he could cope with the responsibility of being skipper.

"Of course, of course. All I can do is just try to play and give 100 per cent every game and try to get points," he told the Chronicle Live.

"I'm positive about that [surviving relegation]. We have good quality. We need to take a few points and win a few games. If we do, we will be OK."

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