Date: 25th September 2008 at 6:02pm
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Many eyebrows were raised last night when it was announced that Gareth Barry would lead the squad again.

Martin O’Neill’s attitude was simply that “in the scheme of things it`s really unimportant.’

With Laursen and Reo-Coker rested, Barry became the next obvious choice, but O’Neill has said that Laursen will continue as club captain at the weekend.

“Martin Laursen, the skipper, was out and Nigel Reo-Coker, who has led us on several occasions, wasn`t in the side so Gareth was the obvious choice.

“He didn`t hold a speech or anything like that but I`m sure he was pretty pleased. He doesn`t give much away.

“Anyone should be pleased to be captain of this club.

“Martin is the captain at the moment and he`s done very little wrong.

“I`m more disappointed about losing the game. I was delighted to give it to Gareth but I`m quite sure Martin will be the captain on Saturday.”

Hopefully between player and manager the armband offer, even if a one time deal, is a sign that any problems from the summer shennanigans are well and truly over, and fingers crossed that this bodes well for the coming transfer windows.