Date: 21st August 2008 at 4:13pm
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Martin O’Neill has unofficially confirmed that Martin Laursen is the new club captain, and he can’t see it changing.

During the pre season Laursen, Reo-Coker, and John Carew were given the opportunity of leading the side, but Laursen came up trumps by overseeing wins against ‘that Icelandic team’ and Man City.

Speaking to the Mail, O’Neill revealed he believes he has picked a captain who will ‘lead by example’ and admits although he hasn’t officially told Laursen yet, it’s unlikely he will be changing the Captain’s armband to anyone else as the season progresses.

“Martin is the captain here, I didn`t say it officially to him, but he is the captain of the side at the moment and I wouldn`t see that changing.

“Laursen is Laursen, he leads by example, I`m not saying he is running around shouting all over the place but neither did Gareth.”

O’Neill’s perspective and respect for what Laursen has achieved, or is that overcome, since he joined the club is encapsulated in the following sentance:

‘He could have given the game up and lesser people may well have done.”

Does O’Neill like those who ‘never say die’?