We need a leader to help us win promotion back to the Championship, of that their can be no doubt. We need someone in the Malky Mackay, Iwan
Roberts or Craig Fleming mould. We need someone who is 100% committed to Norwich City Football Club.
Many of you may argue that there is no-one amongst the current crop that fits the bill, but let’s take a look at the available options. Who should become our skipper for next season?
Gary Doherty – The Doc skippered us for much of last season, but having a relegation on your CV during your leadership doesn’t normally read that well. Bryan Gunn has been going on and on about the winning mentality this season and perhaps Doherty doesn’t fit the bill.
In fact, is he even guaranteed a place in the side? There are set to be a few central defenders fancying their chances of a game next year, after all. Doherty did lead us out against Dartford though so he is probably part of Gunn’s thinking.
Matthew Gill – When the new management team of Gunn, Ian Crook, John Deehan and Ian Butterworth were announced, the words ‘yellow and green blood’ were used over and over again. Well, this new signing from Exeter fits the bill.
Gill was born in Norwich and has been a fan of the club ever since he was a young lad. To become captain of the club would probably be a dream come true for him and simply for how much it would mean to him, he is surely being considered for the captaincy.
He skippered the side against Dartford in the recent 7-2 win as well, so there is no doubt Gunn feels he has some of the credentials required to captain this team.
Michael Nelson – A few weeks ago, Gunn said that he wanted the captaincy situation sorted by the start of the Scotland tour. This indicates that Nelson – who skippered the side during the opening game of the pre-season tour – is probably front runner to become captain.
A no nonsense player, Nelson likes to dominate from the heart of the defence and lead from the front of the dressing room. He was captain at both of his previous clubs and early indications show that he is a born leader. At this stage, it certainly seems as if he is the favourite to captain us next season.
No official announcement has been made yet though and perhaps there is still an outside chance for the likes of Adam Drury, Dejan Stefanovic or Sammy Clingan? Unlikely, but we will have to wait and see.
by Thomas Rooney