Davis to give up captaincy
Southampton keeper Kelvin Davis is to give up the captaincy on match days, with Dean Hammond set to take over.
Last Updated: 16/11/09 12:46pm
Southampton goalkeeper Kelvin Davis is to give up the captaincy on match-days, with Dean Hammond set to take over the armband.
Alan Pardew revealed two months ago that he was considering having an outfield player as skipper during games and it is a view shared by Davis.
The experienced shot-stopper will remain as club captain, but will not skipper the side during games, an honour which is instead expected to go to midfielder Hammond.
"It's something I've spoken about with the manager and he feels that someone on the pitch wearing the armband will have more of an effect," Davis told the club's official website.
"We're at the stage now where it's little tweaks like this that we're making to give us winning performances.
"I accept that, my role will still be club captain, but it just won't be wearing the armband and I can put up with that.
"There aren't many goalkeepers who are captains and if it's going to be the difference between winning or drawing games then I accept that.
"I still feel that I'm captain of the football club, but the manager has come out and said quite loudly and proudly that is the case, so I'm as happy as I can be."