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Rambo Relieved of Wales Captaincy

Wales Manager Chris 'Cookie' Coleman has releived Aaron Ramsey of the captaincy of the Wales team with immediate effect. Swansea City's Ashley Williams steps into his stead. Ramsey has had a hard time as captain of his country with the manager that gave him the responsibility and his great mentor Gary Speed committing suicide late last year.

Ramsey, on behalf of his grief stricken squad, was outspoken about the Welsh F.A.'s selection process for the new manager. Earlier in the summer Coleman took the extraordinary step of making public his desire to call up Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross, whose challenge broke Ramsey's leg in February 2010. Without prompting, Coleman told the press that the decision rested on his 21 year old captain.

Despite the fact that Ramsey said he didn't mind Shawcross being called up, Coleman continued to inform the press of every stage of the process. (In any case, Shawcross turned the call up down).

Now Coleman has taken the armband away from Aaron, citing the pressure it invites on his young midfielder, 'I spoke with Aaron yesterday. It wasn't an easy decision and something I looked at for a while. He's 22 or 23, Aaron, and I think he's felt the pressure of it.

'We need to go in another direction anyway because what we've been doing is not working and I wanted to make some changes and that was the biggest one.

'But having spoke with him yesterday, he was incredibly mature about it and, if I'm honest, maybe a little bit relieved because there is a big pressure. I was very impressed with what he had to say and his reaction.He's looking forward to the next game and meeting up. He's still fully committed, as he has always been.

'Of course he was disappointed - being captain of the country is something that you always want to do as a player.

'But not everyone can do it. I've no doubt Aaron will be the captain again one day but Ashley will be the skipper - he's a natural leader, he's obviously a very good player with great experience," he told Wales Online.





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Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 5 2012

Time: 1:57PM

Your Comments

In one breath, he says Ramsey sounded relieved and in another, 'of course, he was disappointed'. Make up your mind, Chris.

Of course, Ramsey is intelligent enough to know the boss can make changes and he will need to fall in line for the sake of the country's progress; especially, if the change will produce results. The question is, hasn't Ashley been a part of the team all this while? So, what new attribute will he bring in to change the spate of poor results?
Naijagunner
He's played for Hednesford town, Stockport County and Swansea City.

"he's obviously a very good player with great experience"
damiano_tommassi
Coleman has shown shocking man management skills, throughout his handling of Ramsey (with Shawcross and now this). Hopefully, this will not damage Ramsey's confidence too much.
prits
'We need to go in another direction anyway because what we've been doing is not working and I wanted to make some changes' - yeah the change that needs to be made is to replace you as manager you classless****!
DBerg
I agree with all of the above comments.
FunGunner
It's almost as if Coleman has been trying to undermine Aaron.
FunGunner
There has to be serious questions asked of Coleman's managieral skills. The guys has not got a clue, it's like he's singlehandedly trying to break Rambo. Fortunately Aaron has Arsene whisperer the correct things in his ear ... such as "don't worry about Chris Coleman, he's a proper c***".
Rocky7
"He's 22 or 23?" The guy's 21, how much disrespect is that showing. Chris Coleman's just trying to find a scapegoat, truth is he's lost 4 out of 4 as Wales boss, he can't balme that on Ramsey, he's the manager.
Arsenales F.C
In isolation, it's probably not a terrible decision, but the way Coleman has handled Ramsey has been enormously unprofessional. It's hard not to believe that Ramsey's distaste for the recruitment process of appointing Coleman (which the whole Wales squad shared and Ramsey had the balls to speak out for) is behind his transparent bitterness towards Aaron.
Little Dutch
Yeah LD, this decision will hopefully take some pressure off Aaron in the medium term and allow him to focus on his own performance. The only change for Wales vs last season (my understanding is limited though) is the presence of Coleman. Ramsey's form this season is better than the 2nd half of last season. So, there are other reasons for Wales' drop in performance. I think Coleman is trying to find a scapegoat for poor performances.
prits
 

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