Glenn: No skipper yet
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Glenn Hoddle has reiterated that he will not be rushed on making a decision on who should captain the side for the new season, and is offering no clues on likely contenders.
"The players will be the first to know when a captain is appointed," insisted Glenn. "I don’t need to make that decision yet, the main thing is when we run out that tunnel on the first day."
Glenn feels strongly that a skipper is about more than leading the team out on the pitch. He explains that the role extends to the training ground, team meetings, dressing room and a strong link with the management team.
"To me the captain is a very important job, it has perhaps not been looked at over the years as much as it should have been. So it is important that we get that one right and it’s going to be a difficult task.
"I think there is a few contenders, but I’d rather have a few than none at all.
"It’s what I feel captaincy is all about. I need to get to know and watch the players reactions in dressing rooms, matches and meetings — all that sort of thing.
"We’ll have to pick one before the Villa game for sure. We need a captain, I feel, who can lead from the front.
"A captain has to be an extension of your coaching staff. He has to identify on the pitch what we’re thinking and what we’re looking at. So that’s important."