Greening willing to stand down
Jonathan Greening would be happy to give up the captaincy on West Brom's return to the Premier League.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 26/05/08 3:17pm
Jonathan Greening insists he would be happy to relinquish the captain's armband on West Brom's return to the Premier League next season.
The 29-year-old midfielder was an ever-present as West Brom won the Championship this season, becoming the first Baggies skipper to lift a league trophy in 88 years.
Having been a surprise choice as skipper himself, Greening accepts manager Tony Mowbray may appoint a new captain if he recruits a more suitable player during the close season.
But the former Middlesbrough and Manchester United man claims he would not mind in the slightest, reiterating his desire to play under Mowbray.
"I'm not guaranteed to be captain next year," he told the official club website. "It depends on who the manager brings in.
"If I am captain, it will be great. If I'm not, it won't be a problem because I'll still be working under a great guy who I believe in. The way the gaffer wants to play football suits me down to the ground.
"It will be brilliant to be captain again but I know the gaffer has got big plans for the club," Greening continued.
"If he brings in big players and sees fit that someone else can do a good job, then that's fine.
"I don't mind taking the vice-captain's armband as long as I'm still playing, enjoying it and everyone is working hard for each other."